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Steven Bird

Steven Bird founded Birds Solicitors in October 2000. He was a partner at Simons Muirhead & Burton from 1993 to 2000 having been with that firm as a trainee, qualifying in 1990.

He specialises in serious criminal cases but especially:

  • serious fraud;
  • murder and other serious offences of violence;
  • gross negligence manslaughter;
  • large drug cases;
  • confiscation proceedings; and
  • rape and other serious sexual offences.

He is well known for taking on cases where there has been a potential miscarriage of justice and has a busy appellate practice both in the Court of Appeal and by way of applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He represents previous victims of miscarriages of justice in claiming compensation from the Home Office.

Steven was rated as a star individual in the Chambers and Partners directory for 2011 in which it is said that he has "excellent technical experience and ability, allowing him to identify issues at an early stage". In the 2010 edition he was praised for his thorough preparation of cases and described as "a true class act" and "a lawyer's lawyer". He is rated as a star performer again in 2012 where he is described as "a superb solicitor whose judgement can be trusted implicitly" and it is said that "he has incredible procedural knowledge and he prepares and supports fabulously."

The 2011 edition of the Legal 500 ranks him as a leading individual and he is referred to as a "superb appellate lawyer", being "very comfortable with difficult forensic issues" and "an able and committed lawyer".
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Offences that can be committed by jurors
Offences that can be committed by jurors
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the offences which can be committed by jurors both during and after a trial or an inquest. This note covers the information which must be provided to jurors under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) and the offences relating to a failure to attend when required under the Juries Act 1974. It also explains the offences introduced by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 including research by jurors, sharing such research with other jurors, engaging in other prohibited conduct and disclosing jury deliberations.

Practice areas

Membership

  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) (Committee member), Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association (CALA) (Committee member and Treasurer)

Panel

  • Consulting Editorial Board

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