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Hugo Keith

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 6 departments
Ranked in : POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture , Administrative & Public Law , Inquests & Public Inquiries , Extradition , Financial Crime , Financial Crime: Corporates
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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits

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Hugo Keith QC
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.
Strengths: "He extracts essential legal principles from big pieces of casework and presents them in an easily understandable written format." "He has a lovely, smooth advocacy style."
Recent work: Appeared in a forfeiture case relating to the son of former president Hosni Mubarak.
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

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Hugo Keith QC
Combines significant strengths in criminal and public law. He acts for claimants and defendants in cases concerning criminal justice, extradition, sanctions, national security and terrorism. He is especially well versed in judicial review relating to mutual restraint and legal assistance.
Strengths: "Really well known for his extradition and judicial review practice. He can turn his hand to anything, and no one in the courtroom knows the papers better than him."
Recent work: Appeared for the Home Secretary in the Supreme Court, in Maha Elgizouli's challenge to the decision to provide the USA with mutual legal assistance regarding her son Shafee El Sheikh, without obtaining death penalty assurance.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

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Hugo Keith QC
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 which involve parallel criminal proceedings. 
Strengths: "He can turn his hand to anything, and no one in the courtroom knows the papers better than him."
Recent work: Instructed to represent the Metropolitan Police at the inquests following the terror attack at Westminster Bridge in 2017.
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Extradition - London (Bar)

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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.
Strengths: "A man of great judgement who is very much at the cerebral end of criminal work and always spots good legal points. Good at public law challenges, he is highly rated for appellate work." "One of the go-to silks for the most complicated extradition work, he is a brilliant advocate." 
Recent work: Successfully acted for Turkish tycoon Hamdi Akin Ipek in his fight against an extradition request by the Turkish government. Turkey requested him in order to face charges of fraud and money laundering.
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)

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Hugo Keith QC
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.
Strengths: "He is a leader in the field and is outstanding." "He is enormously clever, intellectually very bright and a very persuasive advocate." "Deeply impressive - a very authoritative, clear thinker who quickly gets to the heart of the issue." "A consummate professional when challenging the SFO."
Recent work: Acted for Rolls-Royce in an SFO investigation into alleged bribery.
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Financial Crime: Corporates - London (Bar)

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Hugo Keith QC
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.
Strengths: "He is a leader in the field and is outstanding." "He is enormously clever, intellectually very bright and a very persuasive advocate." "Deeply impressive - a very authoritative, clear thinker who quickly gets to the heart of the issue." "A consummate professional when challenging the SFO."
Recent work: Acted for Rolls-Royce in an SFO investigation into alleged bribery.
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Hugo Keith QC 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 six practice areas.

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 The Queen in the Inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and 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 has just concluded the Airbus Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

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 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, and Unaoil.

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 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; QC 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

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