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Kevin Hegarty QC

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St Philips Chambers (Chambers of Andrew Smith QC)


Kevin is a regulatory and financial crime specialist. His approach is particularly suited to cases involving a lot of complexity because his preparation is so extensive as to give him an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues. He is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and the UK Environmental Lawyers Association and has a Masters degree in health and safety and environmental law. His current caseload includes acting in a pollution case for offences under Section 85 of the Water Resources Act and defending a subsidiary of an Austrian company for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He has also appeared in cases involving manslaughter by gross negligence including a case concerned with dichloromethane poisoning and another concerning the death of an epileptic in a nursing home where breach of duty was involved. His expertise in environmental law includes waste law, carbon emissions, and emissions control. His Masters dissertation examined the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in the EU and the USA. Financial crime makes up the other component part of Kevin’s practice. Money laundering, fraud and confiscation are examples of the kinds of cases involving numerous parties in which Kevin frequently acts. He enjoys grappling with the detail of transactions so as to have a fine grasp of the evidence and its defects. Kevin is on the FSA list of approved counsel and is one of only a few on the attorney general’s list of special counsel.


Called 1982, Middle Temple; recorder of the Crown Court, 2003; QC 2010.


Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; UK Environmental Lawyers Association.



Regional Bar : Midland Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Kevin Hegarty QC - St Philips Chambers ‘A first-class silk with a wonderful brain; a joy to work with.’

Within: Crime

The criminal team at St Philips Chambers are instructed in, among other areas, cases of murder, corporate manslaughter, terrorism, human trafficking, serious sexual offences (including historic abuse), and drugs conspiracies. In 2017 Kevin Hegarty QC successfully prosecuted Sivan Amin, who murdered his former housemate in a knife attack. In 2018 Heidi Kubik QC took silk and was appointed to the circuit bench.

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