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Hugo Keith QC

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Hugo is recognised as one of the legal profession’s leading QC’s. 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 14 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 then 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 and in the Tchenguiz action against the SFO.

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. 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.

Notable cases in 2014-2017 include the Gary McKinnon case, the Shrien Dewani extradition (in which he successfully represented the Republic of South Africa), the Inquest into the death of Mark Duggan (Hugo represented the Metropolitan Police Commissioner), the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko (on behalf of Boris Berezovsky), the Hermitage Capital affair, and the SFO investigations into LIBORAlstom and Swift (Nigeria).  He advised on the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (Standard Bank Plc).  He is representing the Metropolitan Police Service in the Inquests relating to the Westminster terrorist attack of 22 March 2017.  He is currently advising individuals or corporate bodies in relation to some of the most significant current SFO investigations, including Autonomy/Hewlett PackardTesco, Euribor, Forex, Unaoil and Airbus.


Called 1989, Gray’s Inn; elected member of Bar Council 1995; Treasury B Panel 1995; appointed member of Treasury ‘A’ Panel 2000-08; Bencher Gray’s Inn 2013.


Magdalen College, Oxford (MA Hons Jurisprudence).


Tennis, sailing, climbing.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe understands the way the state reasons and acts, enabling him to anticipate arguments before they are made.’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

Three Raymond Buildings is ‘especially good’ at representing the government in extradition and corruption cases, and is also strong in judicial review proceedings and coronial law. Hugo Keith QC was recently instructed by the government regarding a judicial review of the status of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsInstructed by the well-known corporates in bribery cases.’

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis understanding of human rights in the extradition context is unsurpassed.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsThe very best silk you could possibly ask for.’

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International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe has excellent knowledge of the law and gives clear and practical advice in very difficult circumstances.’

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsNoted for cross-border asset freezing cases.’

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