Steven graduated with First Class Honours in LL.B English and German Law from the University of Kent and the Philipps-Universitat, Marburg, Germany before completing an LL.M at the University of London. Called to the Bar in 2005, in October 2010 Steven was named by Legal Week as one of the top ten stars at the commercial and chancery Bar under ten years call.
Steven’s practice covers all aspects of banking, finance and credit and financial services litigation from procedural and interim applications (such as strike out/summary judgment and security for costs applications, disclosure applications and interim remedies pursuant to CPR Part 25 including injunctions) to Multi Day Trials.
Steven’s experience includes disputes involving breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation, negligent mis-statement, undue influence, duress and estoppel as well as disputes in relation to the interpretation of agreements, Sale of Goods Act (including hire purchase disputes and return of goods), personal guarantees, conversion and conspiracy claims and passing off disputes.
In addition, Steven has particular experience in (i) utility disputes and regularly advises and appears on behalf of the leading utility providers, (ii) breach of warranty disputes following a share sale and (iii) commercial disputes that involve aspects of intellectual property law.
“He goes above and beyond, he lives and breathes each case.” “Good with clients, solutions-driven, clever and commercially minded.” “Steven is a formidable advocate and one of those barristers who speaks the judge’s language.”
Chambers UK 2017
“He has superb tactical judgement, and is a dogged polished advocate, who wins judges round.”
Legal 500 2016
Appears in a wide range of commercial matters, including contractual, IP and tortious disputes. Reed has particular expertise in matters pertaining to the energy and utilities sectors. “Approachable and flexible, he provides good strategic advice.” “Good with clients, he’s solutions-driven, clever and commercially minded.” “He’s creative and spots points we don’t see.”
Chambers UK 2016
“Always understands the commercial dynamics to a case.”
Legal 500 2015
Covers a wide spectrum of commercial disputes. He is regularly instructed on contractual matters, as well as disputes with IP or media aspects. “He is accessible and flexible, has great business sense and provides sensible advice.”
Chambers UK 2015
“A commercial and solution-driven advocate who punches above his call year.”
Legal 500 2014
Well-respected commercial junior. His practice focuses on contractual disputes across a broad range of industry sectors. “He is approachable and flexible, and provides both strategic and analytical advice.”
Chambers UK 2014
Steven Reed is “extremely approachable and flexible in accommodating clients’ deadlines.” Interviewees hail him as “a cool-headed advocate who has obtained excellent results and is always on hand to provide strategic, analytical advice.” His ability to “meet and exceed his client’s expectations” has made him a favourite with instructing solicitors. His “sharp legal mind” is often put to work on matters of defamation and IP, in which areas he is an expert.
Chambers UK 2013
Steven Reed was named as one of ten barristers in Legal Week’s ‘Stars at the Bar 2010’
Legal Week cites one commentator as saying “He has a practice and following years ahead of his call but his relatively junior call is ignored by clients who see him as a personable, intelligent, commercially-savvy advocate with maturity beyond his years”
Summers v Havard  EWCA Civ 764;  All ER (D) 79
(Junior Counsel for the Respondent (lead by Mark Anderson QC) in an appeal regarding the application of section 2 of the Factors Act 1889)
Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association  EWHC 2376;  FSR 10
(Junior Counsel for The Football Association in an intellectual property dispute concerning World Cup Willie, the 1966 World Cup Mascot).
Awarded Kent Law School Prize.
Inner Temple (President 2004-05, Inner Temple Mooting Society)
LLB English and German Law (1st Class) University of Kent and Philipps-Universitat, Marburg.
LLM (Lond) (Queen Mary College).
BVC - Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent - Outstanding in Civil Procedure and Advocacy)
Inner Temple scholar