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Chambers of Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row
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Lee is a highly experienced specialist criminal defence counsel. He has been practising for over 30 years and has built up a reputation and following amongst solicitors and lay clients alike such that he is instructed in serious criminal cases across the country. He is deeply passionate about his cases and is committed to achieving the best result for his clients. He has appeared in many serious and high profile cases from homicides and sexual cases to international financial crime.

Lee began his career as a barrister practising general common law being instructed in civil, family and criminal cases. Within a short period he was committed to an exclusively criminal practice. He built a reputation as a hardworking and talented junior barrister and was instructed in many high profile and serious cases, becoming a regular at the Old Bailey.

Lee took silk in 2010 and his reputation was further enhanced. He is now instructed in complex cases across the country. His wide ranging experience includes cases of murder and manslaughter, a variety of sexual cases, from indecent touching to the most recent high profile grooming cases, robberies ranging from domestic burglaries to sophisticated armed robberies of banks; international cases of drugs and human trafficking. A major part of his practice has also involved serious fraud cases, including large scale VAT cases featuring bonded warehouses, cheating the revenue and bribery.

Lee is a door tenant at Park Square Barristers (Leeds).


Called 1985; Lincoln’s Inn; South Eastern Circuit; Silk 2010.




CBA; Lincoln’s Inn; South Eastern Circuit.


St Michael’s College, Sri Lanka; BA (Hons); Dip Law.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Lee Karu QC – 9 Bedford Row ‘An all-round class act. A formidable jury advocate. He deals with the most serious criminal cases in which reputational stakes are extremely high for the client. He is one of the most tactically astute silks I know. He is a real leader in his field.