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Steven Kay QC

QC & Head of Chambers

9 Bedford Row

London, UK

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Steven Kay QC’s Biography

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. In May 2021 he led the 9BR international team that produced A Report on the Lundin Case commissioned by the Board of Directors for Lundin Energy.

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

On Monday 19th July 2021 Steven Kay QC was in conversation with Professor Marina Aksenova of IE Law School discussing The Principle of Complicity under International Criminal Law. To view a recording of this webinar, please see the Gallery section.

Death at Sea. Independent Case Review of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua

The details of the concerns are reflected in the Family Impact Statement of Eritara’s wife, Tekarara, and in the legal letter sent to the Kiribati Attorney General (AG) by Steven Kay QC, of Counsel, London.

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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.

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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.


A report on the Lundin Case
May 2021
Steven Kay led the 9BR international team that produced A Report on the Lundin Case commissioned by the Board of Directors for Lundin Energy. Lundin Oil, its former CEO and Chairman of the Board are suspected of complicity in alleged war crimes committed in southern Sudan. The allegations and basis for this investigation are seriously flawed as set out in outline in this independent report.

Steven Kay QC’s Education

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University of Leeds
1973 - 1976
Epsom College
1968 - 1973

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