Steven Hayden

Called 2009

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Areas of Expertise:
Criminal Defence, Personal Injury, Family, Employment

Steven began his career in criminal law and was regularly instructed in cases ranging from the Youth Court to the Crown Court.  Whilst Steven predominantly defended, he occasionally prosecuted for the Department for Work and Pensions, The London Probation Service and The Crown Prosecution Service. This foundation in the Criminal Courts gave him invaluable advocacy skills that he has adopted in his civil practice.

A regular attendee at Court with vast experience in Fast Track and Multi Track matters, Steven now predominately works in the area of Personal Injury cases with a particular emphasis on counter allegations of fraud.  With the creation of Fundamental Dishonesty and no requirement to plead such allegations, Steven ensures he is always aware of recent authorities on the topic and is fully prepared to address the issue in favour of his clients.

Steven prides himself on his attention to detail and high client care, allowing him to grasp complex cases quickly and empathise with those he works so hard to represent.  

Steven has a busy paper based practice and regularly undertakes general drafting work on issues of liability, quantum, statements of case, Defences, Replies to Defences and drafting Part 35 Questions to experts.  In addition to his paper-based workload, he participates in mediation, negotiation and advocacy in the courts.

Recent Criminal Instructions 

As well as representing Clients as all levels of the Criminal Courts Steven is currently instructed with our Head of Chambers, Michael Mansfield QC, on an appeal against a murder plea entered some 6 years ago.  The foundation of the appeal lies in an undiagnosed brain injury that at the time may have allowed for an alternate plea by the Defendant; it is predicted the case will conclude in 2019.

In addition to the above, Steven has worked with Sam Stein QC on appeals against conviction in cases of Rape and Drug Supply.

Recent Civil /Commercial 

  • A matter involving the Information Commissioners Office 
  • Several contract disputes, such as a company seeking payment of services provided 
  • High Court Injunction against an Urban Explorer;
  • A Defamation case involving libellous comments;

Family Law 

  • Non-molestation Orders in the central family court
  • Occupation Orders
  • Ancillary relief
  • Child care proceedings

Housing Law 

  • HMOs 
  • Landlord and Tenant Disputes (including a current unlawful eviction prosecution)

Direct Access

As a direct access barrister Steven can be instructed by clients directly, this can lead to a saving in costs and allows clients to communicate directly with their chosen advocate.  Steven’s direct access work spans all civil litigation and matters of law, ranging from High Court Injunctions to Drink Drive Prosecutions in the Magistrates Court.

As a final note, Steven is also Police Station accredited meaning that he can represent Clients at their very first dealings within the Criminal Justice System.


To relax, Steven enjoys diving, skiing, golf and reading.  Prior to the arrival of his two children you could have found him in the Shed End of Stamford Bridge watching his beloved Chelsea Football Club.


LLB – Law

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Police Station Accreditation

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