Steven Bird founded Birds Solicitors in October 2000. He has been involved in criminal defence work since 1988 and qualified as a solicitor in 1990. He specialises in serious criminal cases including serious fraud, murder and other serious offences of violence, serious sexual offences, large drug cases and confiscation proceedings. He has been involved in appellate cases involving victims of human trafficking through Birds Solicitors since 2010.
He is the current Chairman of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association 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.
He is rated as a star individual in the Chambers and Partners directory and a leading individual in the Legal 500.
He contributed two chapters to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice published in 2018 by Bloomsbury. He is the co-author of the “Police Station Advisers Index” first published in September 1995 and contributed chapters to the second edition of Taylor on Criminal Appeals dealing with the funding regime for appellate work. He has also contributed the chapter on Restraint and Confiscation to the Drugs Offences Handbook also published by Bloomsbury.
He co-wrote the article “Does the new Slavery Defence Offer Victims any Greater Protection” in Archbold Review 9th November 2015 issue 9.
He has lectured extensively and has appeared occasionally on educational podcasts.