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Steven Kay QC

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9 Bedford Row (Chambers of Steven Kay QC)

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Criminal law.


Steven Kay QC leads 9 Bedford Row’s international team and is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation, who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. His cases below demonstrate the depth of experience and the quality of the work for which he has been hired. The other international lawyers of Chambers have been involved in these cases with him, and they have developed together an impressive team to meet the unique challenges these cases present in whatever part of the world they may arise. Steven is experienced in advising at the crisis stage of an international situation by setting out options and guiding responses, whilst also making the preparations necessary for future litigation. International cases are complex and demanding; they require careful judgment and a thorough understanding of the issues involved so that a case is ready by the time you arrive in court. Experience has shown that good systems for the collection and management of evidence are necessary, and Stephen Kay QC assembles highly able team members to perform these tasks. The presentation of that material is then crucial, and it is here where his advocacy and presentational skills are able to make the difference in a clear, understandable and accurate presentation of a case, either through the questioning of witnesses or speeches. Notable cases include: The Prosecutor v Dusko Tadic 1996-97; The Prosecutor v Alfred Musema 1998-2001 – U.N.; The Prosecutor v Slobodan Milosevic 2001-06; The Prosecutor v Ivan Cermak 2007-11.


Called 1977; secretary of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales 1993-96; Prime Minister’s special committee on Victims in the Criminal Justice System 1995; took Silk 1997; recorder of the Crown Court 1997; founder member of the European Criminal Bar Association. Now lectures throughout the world on issues concerning the International Criminal Tribunals and the International Criminal Court, and on national legal subjects ranging from fraud in the City to corporate killing – directors’ liabilities. He conducts advocacy courses for lawyers needing to learn the skills necessary to appear as a defence advocate before international courts (ie Berlin, Salzburg, London, The Hague, Sarajevo and Arusha). Author of ‘The Role of the Defence in the Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court’ (ed Casese, Gaeta, Jones OUP 2002). Is a frequent commentator upon issues concerning criminal justice on television, radio and in publications.


Criminal Bar Association; Association of Defence Counsel (ICTY); Defence Counsel (ICC).

London Bar

International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Steven Kay QC - 9 Bedford Row ‘He has the reassuring ability to distil the most complex factual cases and express clear thought.’

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