Steven Talbot Hadley

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Steven Talbot Hadley





Appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 4
Appointed to the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List
South Eastern Circuit (committee member)
Surrey and South London Bar Mess (circuit representative)


"Steven Hadley is a heavyweight defence barrister"

Legal 500, 2010

"Steven Hadley is a heavyweight in defence"

Legal 500, 2009

Practice Areas and Specialisations

Steven practices in all areas of criminal law, both for the defence and the prosecution, acting as either leading counsel or junior alone. His specialist areas include:

Serious Sexual Offences, in particular those involving young and vulnerable complainants, male rape, computer evidence and indecent images;

Murder and other serious violent offences including shootings;

Drugs offences including large scale importations;

Serious offences of dishonesty and violent offences including armed robbery and blackmail;

Steven also specialises in the areas of Mental Health Act cases, perverting the course of justice, money laundering and substantial confiscation hearings, Animal Welfare and Dangerous Dogs Act cases.

Education and Qualifications

BA (Hons) - UCNW Bangor
BD (Hons) - UCNW Bangor
Dip Law - Westminster


The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
The Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

Cases of Interest


R v Musa – Reading Crown Court, 2012. Multi-handed large scale money laundering of the proceeds of a fraud on an 89 year old.

R v McDonagh – Isleworth Crown Court, 2012. Sexual assaults on 5 year old and 8 year old sister by mother’s boyfriend.

R v Andrews – Reading Crown Court, 2011. Rape and sexual assaults on his setp-daughter over a 10 year period.

R v Ferris – Isleworth Crown Court, 2011. Historic sexual offences over at least 30 years.

R v Gleeson - Reading Crown Court, 2010. Sexual assaults on 4 young girls over a few months.

R v Frederick - Kingston Crown Court, 2010. Rape.

R v Soutter & others - Southwark Crown Court, 2009. Cannabis importation worth over £5million.

R v Malcolm - Blackfriars Crown Court, 2009. Dangerous Dogs Act offences including allegations of using a dog as a weapon.

R v Oxley & others - Kingston Crown Court, 2008. Six conspiracies to commit armed robberies on jewellers shops to the value of £1.2million.

R v Saleh & others - Maidstone Crown Court, 2008. Group of Somali youths convicted of rape and sexual assaults on under-age girls.

R v Brown & others - Birmingham Crown Court, 2007. Birmingham riots, including allegations of attempted murder.

R v Van Dongen - Central Criminal Court, 2004. Murder of a stranger by a Billingsgate market police officer and his brother.

R v Burns - Woolwich Crown Court, 2004. Rape and buggery of a wife by a husband over a 19-year period.

R v Ekezie - Central Criminal Court, 2003. Serial ritual style rape case involving four female complainants from different parts of the world over a number of years.


R v Murdoch – St. Albans Crown Court, 2013. Sexual assaults on a child family member over a period of months.

R v Jesus Wagner­ – Wood Green Crown Court, 2013. Alleged child abduction by natural mother and boyfriend involving consideration of the Hague Convention and the jurisdictions of Brazil and Italy.

R v McIver – Isleworth Crown Court, 2012. Breach of a Company Director’s Disqualification regarding an antiques market in Portobello.

R v Randhawa & others - Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2009. Money laundering through purchased properties and mortgage fraud to the value of several hundred thousand pounds.

R v Turner & others - Woolwich Crown Court, 2009. Escape from lawful custody at gunpoint and armed robberies (prosecution).

Reported Cases

Oxley [2009] EWCA Crim 2134

Abulkadir and others [2009] EWCA Crim 956

Brown [2008] EWCA Crim 1602

Van Dongen [2005] EWCA Crim 1728

Briggs [2002] EWCA Crim 612

Bacon [1995] 16 Cr.App.(S) 1031

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