Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Steve practices across the broad spectrum of public law. His practice has two main focal areas. Firstly, Steve has particular interest and expertise in the rights of children (in particular disabled children) and disabled adults and others in need of services and support. Steve acts mainly for individual claimants in judicial review claims and a wide range of parties in Court of Protection proceedings. He also advises and represents a number of NGOs and public bodies. Secondly, Steve regularly acts for professionals in appeals and challenges to regulatory decision-making, particularly police disclosure decisions in the context of Enhanced Criminal Records Certificates and barring decisions under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
Steve is co-author of Children in Need: Local Authority Support for Children and Families (Legal Action Group, 2013) and Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, 2010). He wrote the chapter on the Independent Safeguarding Authority (now Disclosure and Barring Service) in Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, 2012). Steve was awarded Young Barrister of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2011.