Steven has a broad civil and criminal practice with a focus on immigration and public law. He brings an extensive body of multidisciplinary skills and experiences to his work at the Bar. He represents his clients with fearlessness and compassion in equal measure.
Steven regularly advises and represents appellants in the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal across all aspects of immigration and asylum law. He is particularly adept at strategizing complex cases, especially where they involve potential disclosure of criminality (e.g., trafficking, county lines etc), or overlap with extradition. To this end, he is developing a expertise in reviewing and challenging deportations or revocation of nationality in cases that hinge on historic facts or criminal convictions which raise issues of modern slavery.
Steven has a particular interest in political asylum. To date, he has successfully represented former diplomats, ambassadors, and opposition figures who are at risk of persecution in their home country.
During pupillage, Steven gleaned significant experience of high-level litigation after helping to prepare intervener submissions in the Supreme Court decision of KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 10 concerning the role of experts in the Tribunal.
Steven accepts instructions relating to judicial review applications to the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court on matters such as certification, fresh claims, negative NRM referrals, community care / provision of bail accommodation and unlawful detention. He is generally happy to accept instructions on an urgent basis.
Since joining Garden Court, Steven has provided delicate advice and assistance on matters concerning International Public Law to organisations such as Transparency International. Steven’s broad international background is outlined in detail below. He is actively seeking opportunities to develop this aspect of his practice.
Before coming to the Bar, Steven worked with vulnerable teenagers on projects which aimed to increase the educational attainment of underrepresented groups in higher education. He was later employed by the Ministry of Justice, gaining a unique understanding of the impact of legal aid reform. He left this position to obtain an MSc. His dissertation research – concerning NGO beneficiary accountability – was completed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in association with major aid organisations including Oxfam GB, Concern Worldwide, and JP/HRO.
Steven went on to work with the Prosecution team at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He later worked as an election observer for AEGEE (Romania) and the British Embassy Tbilisi (Georgia), and spent a brief period of time lecturing at Zaporizhzhya National University in conflict afflicted South-east Ukraine. In 2018, he volunteered his time to assist with a challenge to capital punishment in New Orleans, Louisiana with Amicus ALJ. More recently, he worked as a short-term election observer with OSCE/ODIHR on both rounds of the 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Elections.