LLB ( London) LLM ( London) PhD (Warwick)
Telephone: 0116 252 2468
Steven previously worked as a lecturer at The University of Birmingham before coming to Leicester in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. His main research interests are in the field of the administration of criminal justice. He engages in empirical research that utilises a theoretical approach. He is particularly interested in sociological and linguistic approaches to courtroom behaviour with a specific focus on narrative reproduction processes in the law. He has recently completed an empirical project on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003. He is a member of Leicester University Language and Interaction Research Assembly (LIRA).
The administration of criminal justice, mode of trial, law and language.
- 'Courts and the Trial Process', in Hucklesby, A. and Wahidin, A., Criminal Justice 2nd Ed. (2013) Oxford: OUP.
- 'Legal Research in the Humanities', in Watkins, D. and Burton, M., Research Methods in Law (2013) Abingdon: Routledge, with Watkins, D.
- ‘Stories in Law: Providing Space for Oppositionists?’, in Freeman, M. and Smith, F. Law and Language, Current Legal Issues, Vol. 15 (2013) Oxford: OUP.
- 'Law and Narrative: Telling Stories in Court' (2012) Law and Humanities 6: 130-143.
- '"Careering out of Control": Decision-Making in Contested Cases under The Licensing Act 2003' (2012) Civil Justice Quarterly 31(1): 89-112, with Manchester, C.
- '"It is not my intention to be a killjoy...": Objecting to a Licence Application - The Complainers', (2012) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 25: 369-392, with Manchester, C.
- 'Application Process and Decision Making under the Licensing Act 2003' (2011) 4 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, with Manchester, C.
- Determining Mode of Trial: Exploring Decision Making in Magistrates' Courts (2009) VDM Verlag.
- 'Modelling Mode of Trial' (2008) British Journal of Criminology 48: 482-501, with Stride, C.
- 'Deciding upon Mode of Trial' (2007) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46(4): 372-384.
- '"He goes off and I think he took the child": Narrative (Re)production in the Courtroom' (2006) Kings College Law Journal 17: 71-95.
- 'The Management of Domestic Violence Cases in the Mode of Trial Hearing: Prosecutorial Control and Marginalising Victims' (2006) British Journal of Criminology 46: 704-718
- '"I will in a Moment Give You the Full History": Mode of Trial, Prosecutorial Control and Partial Accounts'  Criminal Law Review 38-51.