Kevin Hegarty QC Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Call: 1982 | Silk: 2010


Kevin Hegarty QC is a criminal law specialist. His practice includes homicide, fraud and regulatory crime. His approach to preparation gives him a near encyclopaedic knowledge to the issues in his cases.

He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and regularly appears for the prosecution and the defence in murder and manslaughter trials often involving contested expert evidence.

In 2013 he was appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Prosecution and Proceeds of Crime Lists. In 2017 he received a Commendation from the Director General of the National Crime Agency for his work on the largest money laundering case ever prosecuted in the United Kingdom.

He is a member of the UK Environmental Lawyers Association and he has a Masters Degree in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. His expertise in environmental law includes pollution, waste, carbon emissions and emissions control. His Masters dissertation examined the effectiveness of emissions trading schemes in the EU and the USA.

The Attorney General has appointed him as Special Counsel and he is security cleared at the highest level.

He is regularly instructed by local authorities to prosecute and advise on many different aspects of health and safety and environmental law.

He has also been advising an interested public body in respect of matters connected to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

What the Directories Say:

  • “A first-class silk with a wonderful brain; a joy to work with.” – Legal 500 2019
  • An expert in regulatory and financial crime.” – Legal 500 2017

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • LLB (Hons)
  • MA
  • Recorder
  • Special Counsel
  • UKELA West Midlands Committee member

Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Over the course of three years and four trials Kevin led the prosecution of the largest money laundering conspiracy in the United Kingdom. Close to £180 million was laundered through an organisation which used Birmingham as a hub for the collection of cash to be passed into the banking system, converted into US $ and sent to the far and middle east. It led to sentences totalling 140 years and a documentary which can be seen at

Kevin later received a commendation from the Director General of the National Crime Agency for “his outstanding role in securing successful convictions in Operation Smarten”.

He has also been instructed in defending in an HMRC prosecution of a solicitor who was ultimately acquitted of all charges.

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