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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...
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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Steven Kay QC’s Newsfeed

The Law Society Gazette
Can human rights boost Interpol’s credibility?

Steven Kay QC is an international criminal barrister and Head of 9 Bedford Row.

The Principle of Complicity under International Criminal Law

Steven Kay QC was in conversation with Professor Marina Aksenova of IE Law School talking about The Principle of Complicity under International Criminal Law.

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Steven Kay QC’s Background

9 Bedford Row
QC & 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 QC 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

Can human rights boost Interpol’s credibility?
Author
Dec 2021
Steven Kay QC wrote an article for the Law Society Gazette.
A report on the Lundin Case
Co-Author
May 2021
Steven Kay headed up the 9 Bedford Row team that produced ‘A Report on the Lundin Case’. Lundin Oil, its former CEO and Chairman of the Board are accused of complicity in alleged war crimes that took place in southern Sudan. However, the allegations and basis for this investigation are seriously flawed, as set out in this independent report.

Steven Kay QC’s Education

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

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