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Steven Kay QC

QC & Head of Chambers

9 Bedford Row

London, UK

Steven Kay QC
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Steven Kay QC is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, a leading set of barristers established in London 70 years ago. He has been recognised in the Legal 500 as one of the leading QCs in International Crime and Extradition, and in the Chambers & Partners Directory as a pre-eminent silk in International Criminal Law. He is also Chairman of Oculus Financial Intelligence Limited.

Steven is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation 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) that created modern international criminal law; the first trial of a former Head of State (ex-President of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic); the first trial at the ICC of an incumbent Head of State (President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya).

Steven’s international fraud and corruption practice has focused on the criminal issues arising in complex international transactions and business structures, where he has worked with multi-disciplinary teams and is often retained as an advisor on strategy. These cases include offshore jurisdictions.

He is engaged by governments and organisations to investigate matters of international concern, such as: the 30 year conflict in Sri Lanka between the Tamils and the State; Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood; Montenegro corruption and conflicts of Interest; Algeria and abuse of human rights alert.

Steven established in 9 Bedford Row an international UK Bribery Act Advisory Service and INTERPOL Red Notice Hot Desk.

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9 Bedford Row’s International Criminal Law Webinar Series 2021

Steven Kay QC, Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, will introduce a webinar on ‘The influence of the narrative in international criminal trials’. Please click for more information.  

Steven Kay QC and David Hughes instructed by HRAS regarding the death of a fisheries observer

Steven Kay QC and David Hughes have been instructed by Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) in a matter concerning the death of a fisheries observer from the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, whilst on board a Taiwanese vessel. Contradictory reports of the cause of death have led to the instruction of 9 Bedford Row counsel by HRAS.

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Steven Kay QC’s Background

9 Bedford Row
QC & Head of Chambers
1977 - Present
London, UK
For over 70 years members of this leading set of specialist criminal chambers have both prosecuted and defended in major cases in the principal courts across the country. In recent years, work has extended to international courts, including a number of significant cases at The Hague.

Other Business Interests

Oculus Financial Intelligence
Chairman and Co-Founder
Sep 2016 - Present
London, UK
Oculus is a specialist financial intelligence service provider with a unique team of international experts from careers in Financial Analysis, Forensic Accounting and Auditing, the Security and Intelligence Services, Law Enforcement and Legal Practice.
International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB)
Founder Member
Apr 2009 - Present
London, UK
The International Criminal Law Bureau is a group of highly qualified lawyers with unrivalled expertise in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal law. The Bureau’s lawyers provide clients with the skill and experience needed to handle the most complex international criminal cases, political situations and problems.
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Chancery Lane Chats
Podcast Interviewee
Jun 2020
London, UK
When international criminal tribunals deal with accusations of crimes against humanity, media scrutiny is ferocious and reputations fragile. With experience on landmark cases, Steven Kay QC, one of the world’s leading criminal lawyers, reveals that in high profile international criminal cases there are often blurred lines between the law, politics and a ‘narrative’ woven by the media.

Steven Kay QC’s Education

University of Leeds
1973 - 1976
Epsom College
1968 - 1973

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