Kevin Hegarty QC Regulatory

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


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

Kevin has appeared in many cases involving breaches of the HSWA. These have included fatalities as well as serious injuries in the workplace. The cases invariably involve complex expert evidence across many fields of expertise.

He is currently instructed for the defence in a fatality case arising from a fall through a roof on a farm.

He 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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