9 Bedford Row

Steven Kay QC

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Steven Kay QC is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, London, and is a leading international criminal lawyer who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. He has a global reputation and has represented Heads of State, leading military figures and civilians in high profile international trials in the UN tribunals and at the International Criminal Court: OTP v. Tadic (ICTY); OTP v. Musema (ICTR); OTP v. Milosevic (ICTY); OTP v. Cermak (ICTY); OTP v. Kenyatta (ICC); Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal; UN Independent Investigation into the assassination of Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon. In the case of President Kenyatta at the ICC, he produced a result that changed the shape of African politics. These trials are complex and involve not only issues of international and national laws but also factual backgrounds of the politics and social history of a state. They are extensively reported in the media.

Steven advises and provides reports for governments and organisations upon international legal issues, many of them with a political aspect that require submissions to international bodies i.e. the OISL upon the conflict in Sri Lanka with the LTTE; the Muslim Brotherhood for the Egypt State Litigation Authority; Montenegro corruption and conflicts of interest; ECtHR Beslan case against Russia; Human Rights Abuse Alert Algeria. This work includes submissions for interested parties to the ICC. Certain work is not in the public domain and is necessarily confidential.

Steven has recently been taking on international fraud and corruption cases with criminal issues: Vincent Tchenguiz and Rawlinson & Hunter in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing bank; expert witness on BVI Proceeds of Crime law in the Ablyazov international arbitration concerning money laundering in the BVI, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and the UK; embezzlement and fraud involving a Liechtenstein trust of high value with litigation in Cayman Islands, US, Israel, Switzerland, UK, Liechtenstein; UNAOIL global corruption case; FBME, a bank involved in money laundering and fraud; Liechtenstein trust and Foundation cases where assets were stolen from beneficiaries.

At 9 Bedford Row with Gillian Higgins he has established an Interpol Red Notice Hot Desk, to deal with the increasing number of international arrest warrants requested by states against perceived enemies of a regime that may be politically or financially motivated. This area of work also covers applications for clients to the international financial information databases of World Check and Lexis Nexis; and representation of persons and companies listed on international sanctions lists including advice upon the US sanctions against Iran.


Called to the Bar 1977, Queen’s Counsel 1997, Recorder of the Crown Court 1997, Secretary CBA 1993-96, Co-Chair IBA War Crimes Committee 2013-16, Co-Chair ABA International Criminal Justice Task Force 2017- current, Secretary IBA Judges Forum 2019 – current, Founder European Criminal Bar Association 1998, Founder International Criminal Law Bureau 2008, Chairman Oculus Financial Intelligence Ltd.

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association


Commentary on The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, OUP 2002 International Criminal Justice, Westlaw UK Insight Cases That Changed Our Lives: The Nuremburg Trials And Their Enduring Legacy That Even Rulers Are Under God And The Law, Lexis Nexis


Educated Epsom College; Leeds University.