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Chambers of Mark Anderson QC
No5 Barristers Chambers
B4 6DR
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Work Department

Criminal law.


Steven grew up in Birmingham and prosecutes and defends all over the Midlands. In the Crown Court, approximately 60% of rape trials result in conviction. Prosecuting, his recent conviction rate exceeds this figure. Defending, he tends to win more cases than he loses. Despite having developed a specialism in rape and serious sexual offences – particularly those involving ‘historic’ allegations and cases involving children – he also has wide experience in all other areas of the criminal law, including: serious violence, including murder; serious drugs cases, including nation-wide conspiracies to supply; health and Safety and trading standards prosecutions; cases involving serious mental health issues and medical disposals such as hospital orders, and witnesses/defendants needing the assistance of intermediaries. He also has a background in family work, particularly in care proceedings and adoption cases brought by local authorities. Notable cases include: Rv Kirk – reported at [2006] EWCA Crim 725; [2006] Crim L R 850; R v B, Stafford Crown Court: defending a young man charged with raping a female friend; R v B, Stafford Crown Court: defending a young man with significant personality difficulties following a serious head injury; R v H, Birmingham Crown Court: junior counsel for main defendant charged with murder, alleged to be a paid ‘hit-man’; R v R, Wolverhampton Crown Court: prosecuting a foster-father charged with ‘grooming’ a child in his care, culminating in a full sexual relationship; R v O, Birmingham Crown Court: prosecuting a father for raping two daughters over 30 years ago; R v S, Stafford Crown Court: Defence counsel in trial of a young man charged with raping his ex-girlfriend; Recently instructed to prosecute defendants connected with the so called ‘Trojan Horse’ schools, on charges relating to indecent images. Increasingly instructed to advise pre-charge on serious sexual cases.


Called 1992. Level 4 prosecutor and specialist in rape and serious sexual offences; qualified to conduct public access work in crime.


Criminal Bar Association.


University of Oxford (BA Hons Jurisprudence BA Hons); University of Cambridge (1991M Phil Criminology).


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