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Hugh Davies OBE QC

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Hugh Davies QC’s principal areas of specialisation are criminal law (including fraud and corporate regulation); police complaints, misconduct and public regulation; inquests; public inquiries; professional misconduct proceedings; the regulation of child protection in institutions; and claims for judicial review arising in each of these areas.

Recent SFO cases include the defence of the most senior US-based Barclays trader accused of manipulating the $Libor rate.

He has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending serious crime of all types, including leading multi-handed prosecutions involving serious organised crime investigated by national policing agencies. He has been at the forefront of criminal proceedings involving cybercrime.

In relation to professional misconduct, the nature and extent of his work as to the actions and accountability of police forces and police officers, including defending charges of manslaughter, corruption, attempts to pervert the course of justice, and misconduct in public office, is reflected in the comments made by national directories. He has extensive experience advising and representing police officers at public inquiries; inquests; during IPCC investigations; internal disciplinary proceedings; and associated judicial review proceedings, and is co-author of the leading OUP practitioner textbook Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation (second edition 2017).

Other professional misconduct work includes proceedings against medical practitioners arising from alleged clinical negligence. This reflects extensive experience of mastering subject matter relating to pathology, clinical norms and causation from the criminal and coronial jurisdictions.

He was instructed as Counsel to the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian former KGB officer allegedly poisoned by polonium 210 in London in 2006.

In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to children and young people reflecting his role as voluntary legal adviser to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). In 2013 he was lead author of an ACPO commissioned multi-specialist report that resulted in the Government enacting legislative reform of the sexual civil prevention order regime in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. He advises institutions as to safeguarding responsibilities and performance.


Called 1990, Lincoln’s Inn. QC 2013. CBA working party into the role of Treasury Counsel (2001); CBA working party re Home Office consultation ‘Modernising police powers to meet community needs’ (2004); legal advisor to the Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety (CHIS) (2005-). Chair of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) inter-agency legal advisory panel on internet and international crimes against children (2008-); member of the ACPO Combating Child Abuse on the Internet (CCAI) committee and travelling sex offenders working group (2007-); head of the Bar Human Rights Committee Child Rights Unit (2009-). In 2012, Hugh Davies was awarded an OBE for services to children and young people, in his capacity as adviser to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).


Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Reading School; Pembroke College, Oxford (1988 BA Hons Jurisprudence; Domus Scholar).

London Bar

Inquests and inquiries

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Hugh Davies QC - Three Raymond Buildings‘An excellent cross-examiner and a great tactician.’

Within: Inquests and inquiries

Three Raymond Buildings is an 'excellent set with great strength in depth', which draws on its expertise in the criminal and regulatory fields when representing bereaved families, businesses and public bodies. Patrick Gibbs QC is representing the non-commissioned officers including the sergeant in charge of training, at the inquest into the death of Sean Benton, one of four privates to die at the Deepcut barracks. The set has a strong relationship with the Police Federation; Hugh Davies OBE QC represented police officers involved in the original investigation, which lead to the wrongful convictions of the Birmingham Six, concerning an application by the family of the deceased to resume the inquest into the 1974 pub bombings in the city.

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Police law (defendant)

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Hugh Davies OBE QC - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in acting for forces and individuals in misconduct proceedings.

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