Steven Powles QC > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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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.”

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

Steven has been working in the field of international crime for nearly 20 years. He first worked as a legal assistant to a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and then as representative of Trinidad and Tobago during international negotiations on the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Steven is regularly instructed in cases raising human rights issues in both domestic courts and before the European Court of Human Rights.

Steven has conducted numerous extradition cases under both the 1989 and 2003 Extradition Acts. Steven has appeared in a number of high profile terrorist and protest cases.

Steven has represented victims of both international and domestic crime. He regularly advises NGO’s and victims’ groups on possible prosecution of those responsible and has acted in securing financial compensation for victims of crime.


Called 1997.


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


Cycling, swimming, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Powles QCDoughty Street ChambersA brilliant advocate, dedicated and diligent. Tremendous and unmatched international experience.

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Powles QCDoughty Street ChambersA dedicated and passionate barrister. A very impressive advocate.