Steven Powles is a specialist criminal lawyer with a wealth of experience in international crime and extradition. Steven’s domestic practice is focused on politically motivated crime and criminal appeals.
Steven has represented victims of both international and domestic crime. He regularly advises NGO’s and victims’ groups on possible prosecution of those responsible and has acted in securing financial compensation for victims of crime.
Al-Sweady Inquiry – currently instructed on behalf of group of former Iraqi detainees and families of deceased at Public Inquiry into alleged misconduct and breach of international law by British armed forces.
Ministry of Justice v Scott
 EWCA Civ 1215 compensation secured for victim of assault by Prison Officers and malicious prosecution based on false evidence provided by state employees.
RK v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – represented victim of vicious stabbing in appeal against decision to refuse compensation. Victim received award in excess of £100,000.
Over 50 TV and radio appearances: CNN, BBC World, BBC News 24, Sky News, ITN news, Channel 4 News, The World Today. Commenting mainly on proceedings against Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein and Charles Taylor.
Published in The Guardian - Charles Taylor trial (2012) and The Times - Saddam Hussein proceedings (2004), International Criminal Court (2002), Fair Trials in Kosovo (2000).
Steven has conducted cases in almost all international criminal tribunals. He is co-author of one of the leading practitioner texts ‘International Criminal Practice’ OUP, and has previously worked as legal assistant to an international criminal judge at the ICTY.
Steven has been instructed in complex cases before the Court of Appeal (including advice work on applications to the CCRC) and European Court of Human Rights. He is co-author of May on Criminal Evidence.
LLM (International Law)
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