Kevin Hegarty QC Crime

Call: 1982 | Silk: 2010


Kevin Hegarty QC is a regulatory and financial crime specialist. His approach is particularly suited to complex cases as his preparation is so extensive as to give him an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues.

He accepts instructions directly from the public.

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

Financial crime makes up the other component part of Kevin’s practice. Money laundering, fraud and confiscation are examples of the kinds of cases involving numerous parties in which Kevin frequently acts. He enjoys grappling with the detail of transactions so as to have a fine grasp of the evidence and its defects.

In 2013 he was one of the few QCs in the country to be appointed to the specialist Serious Fraud Office Proceeds of Crime and Prosecutions List. He is also on the Attorney General’s List of Special Counsel

Qualifications and Appointments:

Recorder of the Crown Court

Corporate and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Kevin Hegarty QC has also appeared in cases involving manslaughter by gross negligence.

In R v Morris death was caused by a runaway exothermic reaction which produced dichloromethane gas. The gas then overcame two employees who died during the night shift.

In R v Mangat and Gerrard he prosecuted two nurses where death was caused by two separate omissions which put them in breach of their duty to an epileptic patient in a nursing home.

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Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Kevin Hegarty QC has prosecuted and defended in many cases involving allegations of financial crime. He enjoys grappling with the detail of transactions so as to have a firm grasp of the evidence and its defects.

He has particular expertise in money laundering, fraud and confiscation. He is currently instructed by the Organised Crime Division in Operation Smarten an international multi handed money laundering case involving the transfer through UK banks of £130 million to China and the Middle East. Three trials have so far completed with a fourth in 2014. The case is currently subject to reporting restrictions due to the number of separate trials. He is also instructed in the confiscation proceedings.

In 2013 he was appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Poca and Prosecution Panels.

Kevin advises on matters connected FSMA 2000 and 2012 and Peer to Peer lending schemes.

He accepts instructions directly from the public.

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Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Kevin Hegarty QC has extensive experience of appearing for the prosecution and the defence in homicide cases. He has particular expertise in dealing with expert medical evidence as to the mechanism of death. Such questions typically arise where there is an extended period between the acts of the accused and the time of death.

He also has detailed experience from dealing with telephone evidence and the attribution of mobile phones. In 2012 he defended Leroy Smith who was one of nine defendants accused of murder and conspiracy following the death of David Gower in the summer of 2011. The case involved detailed analysis of conspiracy and joint enterprise.

He has experience of running defences of diminished responsibility and the presentation of the relevant expert evidence.

His recent homicide cases in  include the case of R v Meenan and others involving joint enterprise during the robbery of a shop and R v Shahzad where a mother was murdered by her adult son and he defended a 16 year old who was indicted with the murder alongside the adult son.

He also prosecuted five defendants in R v McConnell for the murder of Brian Peters where only one of a number of blows set in train the death and where the deceased suffered heart failure several hours later and following evidence of him having consumed an excessive amount of prescribed medication with possible fatal consequences.

In 2010 he prosecuted in the case of R v Timmins where death resulted from internal bleeding only which led to brain damage without any blows to the head of the deceased. In this case there was a delay before death occurred and the time of death could not be ascertained. The expert medical evidence distinguished between rib fractures in life and those after death during resuscitation so as to show the extent of the violence.

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