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Steven Powles is a specialist criminal lawyer with particular expertise in international crime, extradition and human rights.

He has represented a number of high profile clients, accused of the most serious crimes, before both international and domestic courts.

Steven is head of Doughty Street International.

Chambers and Partners 2017: Experienced international criminal lawyer … particularly well versed in handling matters relating to human rights, false imprisonment and war crimes.”

Legal 500 2016: “Very intellectually and practically able.”


Year of Call: 1997; Year of Silk: 2019.


Tiffin School; London School of Economics; (1995, LLM); University of Cambridge (1996, LLM).


Cycling, swimming, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Steven Powles KC – Doughty Street Chambers

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Doughty Street Chambers remains reputed for handling the most complex international crime and extradition cases, including the prosecution and defense of cases alleging genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; and is also well known for victim representation before international courts. Leading Megan Hirst, Tim Moloney KC is representing three Guantanamo Bay detainees in an ICC prosecution of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan before the Appeals Chamber, while Steven Powles KC is representing a group of victims of US drone strikes in Pakistan before the Appeals Chamber of the ICC. Amal Clooney has been appointed as special adviser to the ICC prosecutor on the genocide case against Omar al-Bashir, who served as the seventh head of state of Sudan under various titles from 1989 until 2019, when he was deposed in a coup after spending the last decade of his rule indicted by the ICC.