Practice areas

Crime, Commercial Arbitration & Mediation

Year of call: 1987 (KC 2016)

A leading counsel in Crime for London, he is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences [affiliate], and Civil Mediation Council. He is a CMC Registered Civil and Commercial Mediator. He is a Member of the Panel of Advocates at the International Criminal Court. He is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Services. He has extensive experience in defending and prosecuting in the most serious criminal offences. He is also an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

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Steven Perian was appointed King’s Counsel in 2016 having previously been appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s Panel of Prosecution Advocates – List A (London and South Eastern Circuit). He was appointed at the highest level (Level 4) on the Advocates Panel List and a (Level 4) prosecutor on the Fraud Panel and Rape List.

Steven was formerly a Senior Crown Prosecutor, for Special Casework Division (London) and a part-time law lecturer.

Career History:

  1. 1987- called to the Bar.
    ii. 1989- joined the Crown Prosecution Service.
    iii. 1995- returned to the Bar.
    iv. 2016- Appointed King’s Counsel.

In 2013 and again in 2014 Steven was named ‘Forensic Law Barrister of the Year’ by Acquisition International.

The Legal 500 has said of Steven … ‘He is able to get to the core of the case’ . ‘His practice includes a range of challenging homicide cases’ .‘Comfortable prosecuting and defending violent and sexual crime.’

Steven appears in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 where it said:

Steven Perian KC… ‘‘He defends in murder cases.”

The 2020 edition stated:

Steven Perian KC…”He has an analytical mind and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.” 

Steven delivered training to CPS [NBCPA members] in November and December 2019 on the law relating to bad character.

The 2023 edition states:

Steven Perian KC – ……….“An industrious, approachable and charming silk.”

Notable Defence Cases

Steven has appeared on behalf of the Defence in a number of interesting cases


R -v- A.S & Others – Client released following successful submission of no case to answer

Steven Perian QC’s client released following successful submission of no case to answer

R -v- Lee Dowman & others – the murder of Daniel Adger in South Ockendon – the defendant was acquitted of murder.

R-v- Kevin Paddick – the murder of Danny Myers in Clacton.

R-v- Calvin Tudor & others – Eight defendants charged with the murder of Che-Labastide Wellington who was stabbed in the heart as he left a party.

R-v-Joshua Asante & others – JA charged with the murder and manslaughter of David Darko. The case concerned the stabbing to death of DDD in a park in South Norwood after a drug deal went wrong. The co-defendant was found guilty of DD’s murder.

R v Tevin Birmingham & others – The murder of Andrew McGowan in Great Yarmouth. TB acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Co-defendant convicted of murder.

R v Michael Smith & others – Conspiracy to commit murder arising from a shooting in Hertfordshire. The case occupied the court for 10 weeks with Smith being the only defendant acquitted.

R v Saana Ibrahim & others – Ibrahim had been accused of luring a young man to a group who waited to stab the victim to death.

R v Gill  man charged with killing a pedestrian with a single punch to the head following an altercation over the defendant’s friend cycling on the pavement.

R v Koc man charged with a double murder following a two-week period of attacks on victims in a London woodland in early 2011.

R v Davina Smith mother who drove a stolen car whilst being unfit through drugs which resulted in the tragic death of her two young children and two friends.

R v Williams et al – Murder and Child Cruelty case where the victim was the 5-year-old daughter of Mr Williams.

R v Hylton & 9 others – the murder of Danny O’Shea – the only instructed Leading Junior in the case. The other defendants were represented by Kings Counsel. The defendant was acquitted.

R v Raymond Johnson et al – execution style killing of reggae singer, Miss Tippa Irie and 2 others including rape.

R v Kien Hoang – Vietnamese killing where the wife was stabbed 14 times

R v Tesfa Boswell et al – 9 defendants involved in killing a Ugandan school boy)

R v Sajib Khan et al

Attempted Murders

R v Nestor (younger brother of famous disc jockey)


R v C

R v B

Child Sexual Abuse

Conspiracy to supply sexually explicit materials to underage children. Other charges:

  • Indecency with children
  • Rape
  • Indecent Assaults


R v Joseph et al (public sector fraud)

R v Answer Sarpong (export of stolen cars from Europe for onward transmission via United Kingdom to Africa. Case involved participating informants, Interpol, Dutch police surveillance and Metropolitan Police)

Advance fee fraud ($21.5 Million) mutual co-operation between FBI and City of London.
Conspiracy to defraud (copyrights)

Benefit, Police and DSS surveillance cases.
Car ringing.

Large scale money transfer offences involving International Investigation


Police undercover and surveillance operation involving the Supply / Importation (Customs and Excise) of Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis – the latter valued at £1.5 million


Armed (guns and knives), Post office and Building Societies

Firearm Offences

Arson including with intent to endanger lives.

Forgery and counterfeiting

R v Popaj – Large scale forgeries and counterfeiting. Largest haul of false passports and counterfeiting equipment in the last ten years in the South East of England.


Notable Prosecution Cases

Steven has appeared on behalf of the Prosecution in a number of interesting cases:


R v Lee Vernon

The case involved the death of a 6 week old baby at the hands of the father of the child. After a 4 week trial the jury convicted the accused of murder before the trial Judge, Mr Justice Nicklin. The child died of a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain and was found to have suffered many other serious injuries.

Counsel was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Brighton.

Further details of the case can be found at


R v Anis Anderson and Carla Callum – The murder of a 20-year-old drug dealer at London, Colney in St Albans

R v Victor Maibvisira & others – The murder of Kyle Yule in Gillingham (Kent) – the defendants were sentenced to a total of 88 years

Attempted Murder

R v Broster and others.

R v Atto Kesseidou– love crazed, besotted ex-boyfriend who stalked and stabbed his victim 13 times.


Operation Arad – A police investigation into large scale Internet Shopping Fraud. The fraud was valued in excess of £2 million and perpetrated by an international Romanian Organised Crime group.

R v Hawksworth and Slamaj.
Conspiracy to defraud U.K. financial institutions (US Treasury Bonds Worth $US 2.3 Trillion Dollars).

Regina v Allen Valentine (largest seizure of Illegal manufacture of Viagra) £6 Million.

Conspiracy to obtain money transfer and property by deception from Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Conspiracy to defraud Time Computers Plc by employees.

Conspiracy to defraud Jaguar Motor Company and LEX PLC (£1,000,000.00)

Conspiracy to defraud U.K. financial institutions (US Treasury Bonds Worth $US 55 billion).

Conspiracy to defraud a charitable organisation (Black Charitable Organisation called The Abeng)

Conspiracy to handle stolen goods (motorcycle ringing).

Conspiracy to defraud the Vehicle Registration Office.

Theft of £891,842.85 by employee from Halifax Building Society.

Endangered Species EEC Regulation prosecution (Operation Charm).

Handling of £490 Million of Stock Bonds.

Conspiracy to clone credit cards (large scale credit card factories).

Computer related crimes – in particular the use of computers and Internet in order to defraud.

Child Sexual Abuse

Operation Fetteresso – Male rape and indecent assault on young children.

R v GT (Leading Junior)
Unlawful sexual intercourse – 23 Counts of Indecent Assault.

R v M
15 counts of Indecent Assault by a retired Police Sergeant on 2 Granddaughters, 2 Step-Granddaughters and Gross-indecency on 2 Great Granddaughters

Child Cruelty and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Indecent Assault

Indecent Assault on a Circuit Judge’s daughter.


Operation Barking (Joint investigation by Customs and Excise and the West Midlands Regional Drugs Task Force) (Leading Junior)

Operation Jasel (Leading Junior)

Operation Hong Kong – serious crime directorate (Leading Junior)

Operation Razor (18 defendants selling drugs from the Kensal Rise Area)

Operation Helium

Operation Welling

Informant Lead investigations – multi-handed (Public Interest Immunity cases)

Drugs cases from SCD7 Middle Market Drugs Projects

Organised Crime

R v Bediako and Watson – guns and drugs (Special Projects Team)

R v Inan Eren, Zafar Eren, Huseyin Eren and Ismail Kaya (Special Projects) (Leading Junior)

Unusual Violence

R v O and A, Juvenile defendants causing grievous bodily harm to a Muslim man who was on his way for Friday prayers to a mosque

R v Michael Sinclair, Jerome Bingham (2-man crime wave who targeted vulnerable Jewish people where they used machetes and imitation firearms to rob them.


Operation Grapevine (Leading Junior)

  • R v Palmer
  • R v Drummond.

Armed robberies – multi-handed (P.I.I. cases)

Rolex robberies- multi-handed

Public Order Offences

R v Selvarajah and others, Tamil gang members fighting with each other.

Data Protection Act

R v Churchyard – Misuse of Police National Computer

Indecent Images of Children

R v Harris – senior employee of Norton Rose Solicitors downloads indecent images of children from the Internet.

Civil Work For Prosecution

Central Confiscation Branch (H.Q.)
Appointment of Receivers on Fraud and Drug Trafficking cases (R v Pope Cr App. R.)


King’s Counsel 2016
Diploma in International Arbitration
Member of Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple
Member of the Panel of Advocates at the International Criminal Court in Hague
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) dealing with International Arbitration
Civil Mediation Council (UK) Registered Civil and Commercial Mediator
Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences [affiliate]
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Memberships & Associations

Lincoln’s Inn
Inner Temple

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Civil Mediation Council
Chartered Society of the Forensic Sciences
Criminal Bar Association


Member of the Panel of Advocates at the International Criminal Court




Areas of work

  • General Crime
  • Civil & Commercial
  • International Arbitration
  • Civil & Commercial Mediation
  • Fraud (commercial & serious)
  • Inquests
  • Legal Professional Privilege
  • Licensing & Regulatory
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Organised Crime
  • Public Access
  • Serious Sexual Offences


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