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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers


Twenty years’ experience representing clients in cases of international crime, extradition, and human rights.  Regularly represents high profile defendants accused of the most serious crimes and has appeared before nearly all the international courts and tribunals.  He started his career as a judicial assistant in the ICTY, and then as a national representative during negotiations to establish the International Criminal Court.  Subsequently appeared as an advocate in those courts, successfully defending both a former Kenyan Government minister accused of Crimes Against Humanity, and a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of War Crimes. Has represented members of the Revolutionary United Front and the Civil Defense Forces in the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  As well as representing the accused in international criminal cases, he also advises witnesses including journalists and others. He worked in Beirut with the UN Commission investigating the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.      

He is also an experienced extradition lawyer, and a specialist in pursuing complaints to the ECHR (currently assisting with Silvio Berlusconi’s Article 6 challenge).  He also advises and represents NGOs and victims of international and domestic crime who may wish to pursue prosecutions or financial compensation. 

He is on the list of approved counsel at ICC; Member of ICC Bar Association.  Co-author or May on Criminal Evidence (6th Edn) and co-author of International Criminal Practice (with John Jones QC).  Regularly lectures on international crime topics, and as part of the Doughty Street/Chatham House Milestones series and regularly invited to provide expert comment by CNN, BBC, Sky, ITN, Channel 4 and other media outlets.


Called 1997.


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


Cycling, swimming, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Powles QCDoughty Street ChambersHe has a track record of terrorism cases and appeals.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Powles QCDoughty Street ChambersHis manner in court is calm and authoritative.