Viewing: Crime for Steven Bailey

"Steven Bailey is an outstanding advocate.”
"His work rate and people skills are first rate.”
"His analytical skills are excellent. He is able to identify the issues in a case very quickly and will provide prompt advice as to what other lines of inquiry should be pursued.”
"He has the common touch and an attractive, understated wit. These qualities are displayed to great effect and enable him to relate with equal ease to judges, juries and witnesses.”
"He is very good at working as part of a team and has an excellent manner with both professional and lay witnesses such as children.”
"He has a command of [the law and evidence relating to sexual offences] which can only come from a brilliant mind and long experience of such cases. He has both.”
"He is undoubtedly a specialist in his field and has consistently demonstrated his ability to perform at the highest level in the most testing of cases.”
"Steven’s written submissions have always been of the highest standards.”
"In dealing with the judiciary he is both respectful and precise but also resolute in his position and is not intimidated.”
"Some people have natural authority. Seven is one of them.”
Steven grew up in Birmingham and prosecutes and defends all over the Midlands and beyond.
He now practices exclusively in crime, but also has a background in family work, particularly in care proceedings and adoption cases brought by local authorities.
He has wide experience of serious criminal work, including in the Court of Appeal and High Court/judicial review. Areas of particular interest include:
- Serious violence, including murder;
- Serious drugs cases, including large scale importations and nationwide conspiracies to supply;
- Health and Safety and Trading Standards prosecutions;
- Cases involving serious mental health issues and medical disposals – including hospital orders and "hybrid” orders – and witnesses/defendants needing the assistance of intermediaries;
- Serious sexual offences, particularly those involving children and others with particular vulnerabilities, and "historic” cases.
He is a CPS level 4 prosecutor, and a member of the following specialist panels, also at level 4:
- Rape and Serious Sexual Offences;
- Serious and Organised Crime.
He is regularly instructed to provide pre-charge advice in the most serious and sensitive of cases.
Languages
French
Recommendations
"Steven Bailey is an outstanding advocate.”
"His work rate and people skills are first rate.”
"His analytical skills are excellent. He is able to identify the issues in a case very quickly and will provide prompt advice as to what other lines of enquiry should be pursued.”
"He has the common touch and a very attractive, understated wit. These qualities are displayed to great effect and enable him to relate with equal ease to judges, juries and witnesses.”
"He is very good at working as part of a team and has an excellent manner with both professional and lay witnesses such as children.”
"He has a command of [the law and evidence relating to sexual offences] which can only come from a brilliant mind and long experience of such cases. He has both.”
"In dealing with the judiciary he is both respectful and precise but also resolute in his position and is not intimidated.”
"Some people have natural authority. Steven is one of them.”
Notable Cases
R v Kirk, [2006] EWCA Crim 725; [2006] Crim L R 850
On the definition of "indecent or obscene” in the Postal Services Act 2000.
R v B, Stafford Crown Court
Defending a young man charged with raping a female friend; case involved close analysis of mobile telephone evidence and cell-site evidence, and sensitive cross examination regarding previous sexual history. Defendant acquitted.
R v B, Stafford Crown Court
Defending a young man with significant personality difficulties following a serious head injury such that he required the assistance of an intermediary. Defendant charged with serious assaults; acquitted of the principal offence alleged against him.
R v H, Birmingham Crown Court
Junior counsel for main defendant charged with murder, alleged to be a paid "hit man”; case involved complicated arguments regarding bad character and evidence obtained by covert surveillance. Previously represented the same defendant regarding his leading role in a nationwide conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
R v R, Wolverhampton Crown Court
Prosecuting a foster father charged with "grooming” a child in his care, leading to a full sexual relationship. A complex case involving large amounts of technical and computer evidence, and complicated disclosure. Taken as a late return; defendant convicted.
R v B and B, Birmingham Crown Court
Junior counsel prosecuting a father and his eldest son for raping and abusing five daughters over decades, beginning over 50 years before trial. Defendants convicted.
R v O, Birmingham Crown Court
Prosecuting a father for raping his two daughters over a 20 year period more than 30 years before trial; defendant in poor health and participating throughout – including giving his own evidence – via video link from a remote location, after detailed medical evidence and legal argument. Defendant convicted.
R v S, Stafford Crown Court
Defending a young man accused of raping his former girlfriend. Issue: accident. Result: defendant acquitted.
R v D and J, Warwick Crown Court
Prosecuting a mother and stepfather for rape and child cruelty, resulting in her daughter giving birth to a child they intended to raise as their own; both children subsequently taken into care. A very vulnerable victim who threatened to withdraw her co-operation in the face of defence delays; I persuaded her to stay. The defendants pleaded guilty.
R v B and others, Wolverhampton Crown Court
Prosecution junior in a case of a paedophile ring involving the children of two families, whose parents were among the main offenders. Many of the defendants had intermediaries; two were unfit to plead. Exhaustive disclosure involving constant liaison with social services and High Court hearings in the linked care proceedings. All defendants convicted/proved to have done the acts alleged.
R v H and others, Birmingham Crown Court
Junior counsel prosecuting a large-scale heroin importation; then with sole responsibility for subsequent confiscation proceedings worth millions of pounds, and leading junior in a later prosecution of the family of a leading defendant on linked allegations of money laundering.
R v S, Preston Crown Court
Defending one of the leading members of a highly sophisticated conspiracy to import millions of pounds’ worth of heroin and cocaine in repeated journeys with adapted lorry trailers; one load alone worth over 66m. High volumes of complicated and sensitive telecommunications and cell site material; case also alleged to have been linked to firearms.
R v A, Stafford Crown Court
Prosecuting an attempted murder where the offender drove a car at the victim in continuation of a feud between two families; the victim remained in a vegetative state at trial and to date so was unable to give evidence. Overlaying telecommunications and cell site data supported a hearsay identification made by the victim immediately before the attack; defendant convicted. I successfully maintained the conviction in the Court of Appeal, where the principal ground of appeal was the admissibility of the hearsay identification; and successfully opposed his application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Awards
Harmsworth Major Entrance Exhibitioner, Middle Temple
Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple
Memberships
Criminal Bar Association
Bar Council Ethics Committee
Qualifications
1990: B.A. Jurisprudence, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
1991: M.Phil. Criminology, Wolfson College, Cambridge University

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