- Instructed to represent the former CEO of a multinational company involved in carbon emissions trading who is accused of involvement in a conspiracy to cheat the revenue of £60 million and money laundering.
- Instructed to represent a former solicitor who is accused of money laundering in relation to high profile corruption offences.
- Advising persons in relation to the Operation Weeting phone hacking investigation.
- Lead lawyer in the defence of a trader acquitted of LIBOR manipulation.
- Representing businessman facing investigation for money laundering in relation to alleged overseas corruption offences.
- "On 27 November our client, a company director, was unanimously acquitted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of a charge of conspiracy by FH Bertling Ltd to make corrupt payments to secure a freight forwarding contract in relation to the Jasmine Oil & Gas Project. "
- "In the aftermath of the recent award of substantial damages to Sir Cliff Richard, is there now a case for a complete ban on pre-charge publicity?"
- "A report from the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published this week reinforces the conclusions of an earlier joint report by the Her Majesty's Prison Service and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary that..."
- "The decision by the SFO not to prosecute former employees of Lloyds Banking Group for alleged manipulation of LIBOR because the case “has not met the threshold required for prosecution” suggests that a degree of sanity has at last been applied to the charging process."
- "On 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Ivey v Genting Casinos Ltd  UKSC 67. In a highly relevant obiter observation the court addressed its collective mind to the appropriate test for dishonesty in both civil and criminal proceedings."
- "The two recent highly publicised cases involving failures in the disclosure process in criminal trials for rape (Liam Allen and Isaac Itiary) highlighted the very problems which had been the focus of recommendations made in Making it Fair..."
- "“Making it Fair – A Joint Inspection of the Disclosure of Unused Material in Volume Crown Court Cases – Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector.”"
- "Bivonas Law LLP successfully defended the former Barclays trader Stylianos Contogoulas following a re-trial at Southwark Crown Court on the 6th April 2017."
Areas of Expertise
Steve is a highly experienced criminal lawyer specialising in white collar and business crime for over 25 years. He has defended in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs, Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Economic Crime Unit (ECU), NHS Counter-Fraud Service and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Steve has dealt with cases involving complex financial fraud, bribery and corruption, the avoidance of tax through complex investment structures, fraudulent trading, advanced fee and boiler room frauds, and money laundering. He has advised clients (including fellow professionals) in relation to investigations into financial crime including witnesses required to make statements to investigative agencies under compulsory powers.
R v VR (RBG Resources)
Acting for the CEO of a major metal trading company accused of a US$1.2 billion conspiracy to defraud major merchant banks through bogus metal trading on a worldwide scale. The case (prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office) was a highly complex one requiring the instruction of a spectrum of forensic experts and liaising with international lawyers in a number of different jurisdictions. Successfully resisting the extradition of the defendant to India.
R v R
Guideline case for the provision of e disclosure by the Crown in complex fraud cases.
R v SC
Successful defence of a trader accused of involvement in LIBOR manipulation prosecuted by the Serious Fraud office.
R v S (Operation Cent)
Successful defence of a managing director of a company supplying bogus bomb detection equipment to international clients. The case was one of a series of similar prosecutions all of which resulted in convictions.
R v L
Successful defence of a client accused of mis-selling insurance products resulting in multi-million pound losses. The case was prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office.
Steve is a member of the Law Society (Accredited Criminal Litigator), Fraud Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, Sitting Member of the Very High Cost Case Appeals Committee.
Steve has written and lectured on many topical issues arising from White Collar Crime.