Hugh McKee > Chambers of John Price KC and Cairns Nelson KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Price KC and Cairns Nelson KC
23 Essex Street
Waterhouse, 2nd Floor, 41 Spring Gardens
M2 2BG


Hugh McKee is a senior criminal practitioner with a heavyweight caseload. For many years he has been instructed in all areas of crime, including; sexual offences, violence, serious fraud/confiscation, drugs, road traffic, health and safety, trading standards and police discipline. Hugh has defended in a number of high-profile cases involving allegations of violence and in recent years has been involved in a number of lengthy and complex fraud trials with the Legal 500 noting him as having ‘wide fraud experience’. Hugh has also prosecuted and defended in a number of health and safety related cases primarily where a death has occurred. Regulatory work has included environmental cases, food-hygiene and acting as a legal assessor for the GMC. Hugh has accumulated a wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal law. He appears alone, leads and is led both for the prosecution and defence.


Called 1983; Middle Temple.


Criminal Bar Association


Rainey Endowed, N Ireland; Wolverhampton Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Law 1983.


Watching rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Hugh McKee23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street has ‘fantastic strength-in-depth’. The set houses Daniel Lister, who has a strong criminal practice, and of recent note was instructed in a case stemming Operation Vinetic concerning conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and involves evidence obtained from France after the cooperation of the French, Dutch and English police. Bob Sastry is also a key member and has considerable expertise handling cases involving murder, large-scale conspiracies, serious allegations of violence and sexual offence cases. Hugh McKee and Barry White are also of note.