Called in 2006
LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws – University of Leeds
BVC (Very Competent) – BPP Law School, London
Sir Geoffrey Veale Scholarship (2008)
Steven has a wide-ranging practice spanning all areas of chambers work, with a particular emphasis on civil and family law.
Steven’s busy and expanding practice encompasses all areas of family law.
• Children (Public Law) – Considerable experience of care proceedings including contested interim and final hearings and appellate work in the County Court. He acts regularly for parents, local authorities and Children’s Guardians and is currently instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent a parent who has been found to lack capacity. Steven also has experience of applications for secure accommodation orders.
• Children (Private Law) – Instructed in matters including residence, special guardianship, parental responsibility, prohibited steps, applications to remove from the jurisdiction, contact and enforcement of contact orders. Steven is experienced at dealing with cases involving domestic violence.
• Injunctions – Acts for applicants and respondents in applications under the Family Law Act 1996.
• Ancillary Relief – Steven is currently developing his ancillary relief practice and is regularly instructed to attend FDA and FDR hearings. He also has experience of applications to set aside final orders.
Steven acts in a wide variety of hearings and applications in the County Court and High Court. He is frequently instructed in small claims and fast track trials and conducts hearings in claims on all three tracks. Steven accepts instructions in cases across the civil spectrum including general civil litigation, contractual disputes, nuisance, trespass, landlord and tenant, housing and bankruptcy.
He is happy to draft pleadings and written advices in all of these areas whenever required.
In addition, Steven has a busy personal injury practice. He advises and drafts pleadings in all manner of personal injury matters, most commonly arising from accidents at work, road traffic accidents and trip/slip cases. He is experienced at providing advices on quantum in relation to child and adult claimants and regularly attends at disposal hearings and infant approval hearings.
Steven has appeared in front of single Immigration Judges and panels in scores of appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal, representing individual appellants and the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Before commencing his career at the Bar, Steven was employed by the Home Office as an Asylum Case Owner and Presenting Officer.
He accepts instructions in the following areas:
• Asylum and humanitarian protection
• Human rights
• Appeals under the points based system
• EEA Regulations and the Ankara Agreement
• Entry clearance including visit visas
• Marriage, settlement and refugee reunion
• Immigration bail
• Drafting grounds of appeal and judicial review applications
Recent cases include:
• Acting for the social services department of a London Borough in expedited judicial review proceedings of the UK Border Agency’s refusal to grant a visit visa to the mother of a trafficked child for the purpose of a parenting assessment. The UKBA subsequently reversed its decision and following the mother’s visit to the UK, the County Court sanctioned the return of the child to her home country.
• Drafting grounds for judicial review and representing an Albanian national at an oral permission hearing in the High Court where the UKBA had certified his asylum claim as ‘clearly unfounded’, thereby denying him an in-country right of appeal. The High Court granted permission, following which the UKBA withdrew its certification, thereby allowing an appeal to proceed.
What clients say:
"both the clerks and Steven Ashworth were excellent throughout, no hesitation in recommending them"
Andrew Symeou, Partner - Faradays Solicitors
"Always a pleasure to work with 5 Pump Court. They always assist in a professional and timely manner and are always so approachable and client focused"
Local Authority Lawyer
Direct Public Access
Steven is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers scheme.