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Steven Kay KC

KC & Head of Chambers

9BR Chambers

London, UK

Steven Kay KC
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Steven’s Biography

Steven Kay KC is Head of 9BR Chambers, London, a leading set of barrister’s Chambers established over 70 years ago. He is an international criminal lawyer who has been in the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law including: the first UN trial at the Yugoslavia Tribunal (Dusko Tadic); the first trial of a former Head of State (Slobodan Milosevic); the first trial at the ICC of an incumbent Head of State (President Kenyatta of Kenya).

Steven is engaged by governments and organisations to investigate the prevailing narratives in matters of international concern. His reports have been influential upon world affairs - in the case of President Kenyatta at the ICC, his client won the Kenyan presidential election during the televised proceedings. In May 2021 he led the 9BR Chambers team that produced A Report on the Lundin Case commissioned by the Board of Directors for Lundin Energy. In 2022 he investigated the causes of the 2013 and 2016 conflicts in South Sudan and discredited the narratives relied upon by the UN and AU. He is currently advising global...
Steven Kay KC is Head of 9BR Chambers, London, a leading set of barrister’s Chambers established over 70 years ago. He is an international criminal lawyer who has been in the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law including: the first UN trial at the Yugoslavia Tribunal (Dusko Tadic); the first trial of a former Head of State (Slobodan Milosevic); the first trial at the ICC of an incumbent Head of State (President Kenyatta of Kenya).

Steven is engaged by governments and organisations to investigate the prevailing narratives in matters of international concern. His reports have been influential upon world affairs - in the case of President Kenyatta at the ICC, his client won the Kenyan presidential election during the televised proceedings. In May 2021 he led the 9BR Chambers team that produced A Report on the Lundin Case commissioned by the Board of Directors for Lundin Energy. In 2022 he investigated the causes of the 2013 and 2016 conflicts in South Sudan and discredited the narratives relied upon by the UN and AU. He is currently advising global company X upon liabilities and claims as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Steven’s international fraud and corruption practice focuses upon the criminal issues arising in complex international commercial cases and he is engaged by clients to to review and assist in the development of their cases. In August 2020, he set up the UK Bribery Act International Advisory Service and established a Sanctions and Interpol Red Notice Hot Desk. In April 2022 he presented a review of sanctions to the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group in the Houses of Parliament.

Steven is experienced in advising clients at the crisis stage of an international situation by setting out their options and guiding their responses, whilst also making preparations for future litigation. His cases demonstrate the depth of experience and the quality of the work for which he has been hired.
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Review of non-proliferation treaty ends without consensus amid fears over Zaporizhzhia power plant

Steven Kay KC, Head of 9BR Chambers, said that any conflict over land holding nuclear power plants has the potential for disaster.

Steven Kay KC was honoured to be invited to a historic event held in the Republic of Sudan

Steven Kay KC was invited to celebrate the “Graduation of the First Batch of the Necessary Forces of the Republic of South Sudan”.

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Steven’s Background

9BR Chambers
KC & Head of Chambers
1977 - Present
London, UK
Members of this renowned set of specialist criminal chambers have been involved in major cases in the UK’s principal courts for over 80 years. More recently, their work has extended to international courts, including several high-profile cases at The Hague.

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Other Business Interests

Oculus Financial Intelligence
Chairman and Co-Founder
Sep 2016 - Present
London, UK
Steven Kay KC is Chair and Co-Founder of Oculus, a specialist investigation and financial intelligence firm with a top team of experts in Law Enforcement, Forensic Accounting and Auditing, the Security and Intelligence services and Financial Analysis.
International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB)
Founder Member
Apr 2009 - Present
London, UK
The International Criminal Law Bureau is a team of lawyers who specialise in international humanitarian law, international criminal law, criminal law and human rights law. Clients benefit from the Bureau’s experience and skill in handling complex international cases and political situations.
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Media

Chancery Lane Chats
Podcast Interviewee
Jun 2020
London, UK

Publications

Pushing the reset button for South Sudan
Author
Mar 2022
This international report on the conflicts in South Sudan provides conclusive evidence that Riek Machar attempted coups against the Government of South Sudan in 2013 and 2016.
Can human rights boost Interpol’s credibility?
Author
Dec 2021
Steven Kay KC wrote an article for the Law Society Gazette.
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Awards & Endorsements

Legal 500 Bar Awards: International law silk of the year
Shortlisted
Sep 2022
Steven Kay KC has been shortlisted for a Legal 500 Bar Award in the category of International law silk of the year.

Steven’s Education

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University of Leeds
LLB
1973 - 1976
Epsom College
1968 - 1973

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