Academic Lawyer, Computer Scientist, Teacher, Writer
Steven will bring a fierce intelligence, a strong work ethic, significant IT skills, a steely will
to succeed and a refusal to be cowed by seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Steven has been able to program since the age of 8 when he learned to disassemble Playstation One games in order to alter game functions (without realising it until he studied computer science). He learned to build his first computer at the same age, and shortly after learned basic electronics. Over his teenage years, he refined and honed these skills. When Steven left school, he accepted private client work and developed fullstack applications for local businesses. He continued to do this until he studied law, when he became active in public policy work arising out of personal sentiment to critical public policy issues. From here, he developed a keen interest in criminal and public law. He furthered this when he studied computer science, later leading to an Honorary Research Fellowship and a Lectureship. That insight into the law and his passion for computer science is what acted as a springboard for his specialism in cybersecurity and secure software development.
A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.
Steven is an experienced fullstack secure software developer and DevOps engineer, with years of commercial experience. His work in computer science centres around "zero trust". His research focuses on a theory he devised known as the "cardinal trust" model. This model asks the fundamental question of whether it is possible to have a functioning computer system in which no aspect of the underlying infrastructure, the data or the users of the computer system are trusted. The motivation for this theoretical undertaking was the serious security breaches which have recently occurred such as WannaCry in the NHS, the OPM security breach, the Equifax breach, PRISM and many more security breaches that ask questions at the core of modern society's reliance on computer technology.
He is a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University teaching cybersecurity, computer science and technology law as it relates to computer science. His research activities are continued as part of an Honorary Research Fellowship in which he contributes significantly to the state of the art in cybersecurity, publishing in major academic journals, books and conferences as part of his contribution to academia.
The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail—its roof may shake—the wind may blow through it—the storm may enter—the rain may enter—but the King of England cannot enter—all his force dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement. So be it—unless he has justification by law.
Steven presently provides the government with advice on law reform related to technology law, national security as it relates to cybersecurity and children's safety on the internet. Most recently, he advised the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy in relation to its wide-ranging review of cybersecurity of critical national infrastructure. He also advised Parliament in relation to the present national security capability of the United Kingdom in responding to cybersecurity threats. He continues to be involved in legal reform relating to data privacy, the protection of children in cyberspace and best practices flowing from computer science academia into legislation.
He has contributed significantly to the state of the law, particularly in regards to the legislation concerning child sexual offences. He has experience of public, criminal and family law. During the sequence of public inquiries related to sexual grooming in the United Kingdom, Steven coordinated evidence in key public inquiries and led a private inquiry into the performance of public bodies. He is also regularly involved in unduly lenient sentence referrals under s.36 Criminal Justice Act 1988 as regards the correctness and scope of judicial power in passing sentence.
Steven has significant experience of teaching law to professional lawyers and law students in both practice environments and university environments. His teaching efforts are supplemented heavily by his contributions to the law.
He is a dilligent and keen worker; he is used to regularly giving evidence to Parliamentary inquiries.
Fairness is rather like beauty, you see. Fairness, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder.
Steven continuously exercises responsible academic citizenship by challenging areas of injustice in public policy, by providing expert advice and by supporting on-going legal proceedings.
Steven regularly provides expert advice to Parliament and Her Majesty's Government on national security matters related to computer science and cybersecurity. He also contributes to the development of opensource software and initiatives that provide wider access to the tools needed to avert national security threats at the very foundation. He works as part of an interdisciplinary team to ensure that expertise is delivered to the right places in right way.
He has a keen interest in ensuring cases are referred to the to the Law Officers (the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General) under the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (that is the government machinery for s.36 Criminal Justice Act 1988) where there is doubt about whether a sentence was appropriate for the nature of the offence for which a given conviction was made. It takes only one referral under the scheme for the law officers to be required to review a prosecution case.
His ability to pick up on the finites and nuances of the complexities of Domestic Violence has made him one of the most dependable and well-respected members of our team.