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Steven  Powell

Steven Powell



  • Forensics
  • anti-bribery compliance
  • ENS africa
  • anglophone africa

WSG Practice Industries


South Africa


Steven Powell is Head of ENSafrica’s Forensics department. He is a renowned specialist white-collar crime prosecutor and forensics lawyer. Steven specialises in leading forensic investigations that result in successful disciplinary and criminal proceedings against offenders, as well as the recovery of losses in both civil and criminal matters.

Steven is well-known for his skilful application of deception detection techniques, which has resulted in a high percentage of confessions during suspect interviews. In recognition of this expertise, Steven has been appointed to act for the South African Asset Forfeiture Unit to execute a multitude of restraint and forfeiture orders to recover the proceeds of crime flowing from corporate fraud, and drug and abalone smuggling. In addition, he has previously acted as a specialist prosecutor for the South African Justice Department, and has conducted a multitude of fidelity claims against insurers on behalf of clients.

Steven’s experience also includes anti-fraud and corruption matters and assisting clients to meet the anti-corruption compliance requirements in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, as well as the South African Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. Steven also assists clients with anti-fraud and anti-bribery due diligence and compliance programmes, and with preventing fraud through the development and implementation of policies and strategies and specialised in-house training and educational programmes.

Further, Steven  has extensive experience in conducting enhanced anti-bribery due diligence investigations in respect of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and agent/intermediary appointments. His experience also includes performing forensic work across a multitude of industries in both the private and public sectors.

Steven is also frequently invited to present on the topics of white-collar crime, and corruption and fraud issues throughout Africa. Further, he lectures on corruption for the University of the Western Cape’s Forensics certificate course and is a regular speaker at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.


  • BProc (University of Cape Town)
  • LLB (University of Cape Town)
  • Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa
Areas of Practice

anglophone africa | anti-bribery compliance | ENS africa | Forensics

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Steven is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Corporate Investigations (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers® 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Criminal Defence (South Africa)
  • ACFE SA Awards 2016 – Contribution to the Anti-Fraud Profession in South Africa (Advocacy) of the Year Award 

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