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.
Having developed a specialism in entertainment and media law following a specialist pupillage at 5RB in London, Steven has experience in all aspects of media law including advising, drafting pleadings and appearing in libel, slander, malicious falsehood, negligent mis-statement, privacy, breach of confidence, Data Protection Act, harassment and media and entertainment related contract claims. Steven’s experience also includes time spent in the in-house legal departments of Channel 4 and The Times.
Whilst many of the matters in which Steven has acted are confidential and/or are on-going, cases in which Steven has been involved include:
- Successfully obtaining substantial libel damages in a claim by the boyfriend of a finalist on Britain’s Next Top Model against the Daily Mirror,
- Acting in a successful libel claim for an individual in relation to fake Ebay postings,
- Acting in a successful libel claim for a solicitor in relation to a post on the website www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk,
- Successfully striking out libel claims on various grounds including as an abuse of process pursuant to the House of Lords decision in Jameel,
- Acting for numerous individuals in relation to statements made on various internet forums and bulletin boards,
- Acting for a former employee in a negligent mis-statement claim against the former employer in relation to a reference given to a prospective employer,
- Successfully striking out misconceived claims brought under the Data Protection Act.
Having developed a specialism in intellectual property law following a specialist pupillage at 5RB in London in entertainment and media law, Steven has experience in intellectual property disputes including advising, drafting pleadings and appearing in copyright, design right, trade mark and passing off disputes as well as media and entertainment related contract claims. Steven’s experience also includes time prior to pupillage working in the legal department at the children’s TV channel “Jetix”.
Steven has a particular interest in intellectual property law in relation to music and whilst undertaking the BVC, Steven was a tutor/visiting lecturer at King’s College, London teaching on the LL.M Legal Regulation of the Music Industry course, which covered intellectual property rights, exploitation agreements, exploitation of intellectual property rights and enforcement of rights.
Matters in which Steven has acted include:
- Appearing as junior counsel for The Football Association in Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association  FSR 10 in an intellectual property dispute involving the 1966 World Cup mascot, World Cup Willie,
- Acting for the BBC in a 350,000 copyright claim,
- Acting for a band in a copyright infringement claim for the unauthorised use of their song in the soundtrack of a well-known film,
- Acting for the claimant in a copyright and trade mark ownership dispute in relation to a premium dog food,
- Acting for the claimant in database right infringement claim,
- Acting for the claimant in database right infringement claim, Advising a proposed claimant in relation to passing off and copyright infringement with regard to the use of a website by a third party similar to its business website, Advising in relation to proposed injunctive relief for copyright infringement, Acting for the applicant in a challenge against the IPO’s refusal to register the applicant’s mark, Acting for the applicant in an opposed trade mark registration dispute, Acting for the defendant in a claim for trade mark infringement of the mark “Bonce”, Advising a proposed claimant in relation to passing off/trade mark infringement for registration/use of website domain names.
“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 and Partners 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