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Steven Kay QC

QC & Head of Chambers

9 Bedford Row

London, UK

Steven Kay QC


Steven Kay QC is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, a leading set of barristers established in London more than 60 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.

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. 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.

Steven established recently in Chambers an international UK Bribery Act Advisory Service and INTERPOL Red Notice Hot Desk.

Steven Kay QC’s Newsfeed

Montenegro is heading the same way as Belarus. Not enough is being done to avoid disaster

Steven Kay QC is head of 9 Bedford Row Chambers and founder of MontenegroWatch.com. In this article he argues that another Belarus must be avoided at all cost – and the people of Montenegro must be given the respect they deserve.

Steven Kay QC hired by Lundin Oil Company

Steven Kay QC hired by Lundin Oil Company in Universal jurisdiction case in Sweden's Courts alleging war crimes committed in Sudan 1997-2003 by Lundin Oil Company, it's Chairman and CEO. The matter is currently at the investigation stage. 

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Steven Kay QC’s Background

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

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.
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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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

1973 - 1976
1968 - 1973