Max Hardy > Chambers of Steven Kay QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row


Specialising in criminal and regulatory law, Max is a persuasive and experienced advocate who is dauntless in pursuit of a successful outcome for clients.

He is ready to advise at any time, in person or in writing, on cases great or small, whether privately funded or legally aided.

Max has been a tenant at 9 Bedford Row since 2007. He maintains a mixed practice, defending and prosecuting a range of criminal offences. Having appeared in hundreds of trials, he has learnt from long experience the hard work and preparation that is required to win in court.

In 2018 he was seconded to CPS London in the Homicide Unit assuming responsibility for murder and fatal road traffic prosecutions, Max has a busy homicide practice including trials at the Central Criminal Court.

In 2015 he undertook a secondment with the Nursing & Midwifery Council presenting cases, providing advice and progressing investigations.

In 2014 he spent six months on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority working on Operation Dovercourt, the multinational investigation into foreign exchange manipulation. Max has acquired an in-depth knowledge of this area of financial services.

In 2010 he was seconded to the fraud prosecution division of the CPS as a senior crown prosecutor. He assumed a serious and heavy caseload – providing pre-charge advice to investigators, making charging decisions, and drafting letters of request for international assistance.

Max also has plenty of experience of defending young people or vulnerable clients – including people battling addictions – and is sensitive to their needs. He has defended immigration and identify offences and has an interest in art crime, having worked at Sotheby’s before coming to the Bar.


Called 2004.

Florida Bar Criminal Advocacy Program, 2008

Member of England & Wales team at International Moot Court, 2009

Chairman of young barristers’ committee of Bar Council, 2014

Pupil supervisor

Gray’s Inn accredited advocacy trainer

CPS Panel (Grade 4) and Rape Panel

Serious Crime Panel (Grade 3)

Fraud Panel (Grade 3)

Counter Terrorism Panel (Grade 3)


CBA (executive committee since 2010), Amicus Fraud Lawyers’ Association, Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers


MA (Oxon), University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall)

CPE/GDL, City University

BVC, Inns of Court School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Maximilian Hardy9 Bedford RowMax is an extremely impressive trial advocate. He is very hard working and diligent. He is a very able and stylish advocate with a very persuasive manner. One of his best attributes is his ability to rapidly assimilate complex legal and factual issues, and to then address the Court on these issues succinctly and persuasively. He has very good case management and is highly organised.