Kevin Hegarty QC Regulatory

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


Kevin has appeared in cases involving offences under the Water Resources Act and the Permitting Regulations. He has a particular interest in Waste. He is able to combine his substantial trial expertise with specialist knowledge of this area of law.

The cases usually involve complex expert evidence

His Masters degree in Health and Safety and Environmental Law included his dissertation on the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in the EU and USA.

He is a member of the UKELA West Midlands Committee.

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Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter

His current instructions include the prosecution of employers for fatalities of employees at work and of non-employees affected by the defendant’s business and advising on the use and enforcement of statutory powers.

He recently represented a hospital trust which was the subject of an application for a production order in respect of medical records of a deceased person who had died outside of the United Kingdom. The order was being pursued as part of an investigation into an offence of assisting suicide.

He is currently advising in a case where statutory powers under s20 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are the subject of challenge on the grounds of LPP and LAP.

He recently prosecuted the two partners of a care home business where a resident fell through a faulty banister rail to her death.

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Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety

In 2017 he advised and then represented a jeweller who was being prosecuted by trading standards in Hull for offences under the Hallmarking Act 1973 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. It was alleged he had applied the word “gold” to jewellery which did not bear a hallmark to support such an assertion. Following legal argument the Hallmarking Act charges were dismissed and the Regulatory offences then dropped.

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