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UK Bar Guide 2023

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Extradition
10 Years Ranked
Financial Crime
9 Years Ranked
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Hugo Keith KC is recognised as one of the legal profession’s leading QC’s and is described as ‘a fabulous silk’ and as having ‘an outstanding reputation’.

He was named as one of the UK’s ‘Stars at the Bar’ in the Chambers and Partners 2015 guide to the UK Bar, and is currently top ranked in no less than seven practice areas by Bar directories, including ‘Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals”. He is lead Counsel to the UK public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was a member of the ‘A’ Panel of civil Treasury Counsel for 8 years, during which time he regularly appeared on matters of public and criminal law both on behalf of Government departments and as amicus curiae before the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords. He has appeared in 15 cases before the House of Lords/Supreme Court. He won the Chambers and Partners award for criminal barrister of the year 2008, and took silk in 2009.

As well as his regular appearances in the High Court and Supreme Court, he has been instructed in some of the most high profile cases of recent years. He represented Princess Anne when she was prosecuted, and represented The Queen in the Inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. He appeared on behalf of Malcolm Calvert in the Cazenove inside dealing case. He was appointed leading Counsel to the Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and, subsequently, appeared in the Leveson Inquiry on behalf of Rebekah Brooks. He appeared in the Mark Duggan, Alexander Litvinenko and Westminster inquests, and represented the Home Secretary in the El-Gizouli judicial review (concerning MLA relating to one of the ‘Jihadi Beatles‘) and the Electoral Commission in its proceedings against Leave.EU. He appeared on behalf of Airbus in the largest Deferred Prosecution Agreement yet concluded.

Hugo is instructed by companies, high net-worth individuals, and politically exposed persons relating to all aspects of extradition (including advising on Interpol and on international restraint), international criminal/corporate liability, sanctions and criminal judicial review. His extradition and MLA cases include the leading and high profile cases of Berezovsky, US v Bermingham (the Natwest Three), Abu Hamza, Gary McKinnon, Shrien Dewani, David Kezerashvili and Hamdi Ipek.

In the field of financial and international crime, he advised on the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (Standard Bank Plc) and appeared in the two of the most recent DPAs (Guralp Systems Limited and Airbus). He has been involved on behalf of individuals or corporate bodies in a large number of the SFO’s highest profile investigations of recent years: LIBOR, EURIBOR, FOREX, Alstom, Autonomy, Rolls Royce, Tesco, Unaoil and ENRC.

He is an expert on search and seizure, restraint and confiscation, and appeared in the leading cases of Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees and Others (search warrants), Golfrate (search warrant), Malabu Oil and Gas (international MLA restraint) and SFO v Zlochevsky (restraint against overseas Minister). He has represented and/or advised a significant number of overseas politically exposed persons, and/or their family members, including Berlusconi (Italy), Sharif (Pakistan), Patarkatsishvili (Georgia), Bakiev (Kyrgyzstan), Mubarak (Egypt), Firtash (Ukraine), and Karimov (Uzbekistan).

He is a renowned appellate advocate, and has appeared in a significant number of leading criminal cases in the UK higher courts. He has appeared twice in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, most recently in the appeal concerning the former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong.

Career

Call 1989; KC 2009;

Member of Treasury "B" Panel 1995; Member of Treasury "A" Panel 2001;Bencher of Gray’s Inn 2013

Special Advocate in control order proceedings under the PTA 2005

Chambers Review

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Extradition - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC is praised for his meticulous preparation and excellent client care. He handles the most complex and high-profile extradition proceedings, many of which are subject to great media interest.


Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC is an in-demand silk who regularly acts for corporate clients, including financial institutions. He is praised for his clear and sharp mind as well as his smooth advocacy style. He continues to win defence mandates in high-profile SFO investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in a number of jurisdictions. Keith is also recognised for his enviable expertise in extradition matters.


Financial Crime: Corporates - London (Bar)
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Band 1

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC is an in-demand silk who regularly acts for corporate clients, including financial institutions. He is praised for his clear and sharp mind as well as his smooth advocacy style. He continues to win defence mandates in high-profile SFO investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in a number of jurisdictions. Keith is also recognised for his enviable expertise in extradition matters.


Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)
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Band 2

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC combines significant strengths in criminal and public law. He often acts for the government in cases concerning criminal justice, immigration, national security and terrorism. Keith is currently lead counsel to the UK COVID-19 Inquiry.


Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)
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Band 2

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC frequently represents individuals, state agents and other participants in sensitive public inquiries and inquests, usually under considerable media attention. His broad expertise includes sensitive police law, terrorism and national security issues. As a renowned criminal silk, he is a particularly popular choice for inquests that involve parallel criminal proceedings. Keith is lead counsel to the UK COVID-19 Inquiry.


POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits
3
Band 3

Hugo Keith KC
Hugo Keith KC is a barrister with an international POCA practice who acts on behalf of companies and individuals. He is particularly adept at handling matters involving restraint and Unexplained Wealth Orders. He has additional expertise in sanctions and financial crime cases.

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