Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes


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Kathryn Hughes

Call 2013 – Gray’s Inn
BTPC, Cardiff University (Outstanding)
LLM, Utrecht University (1st class honours)
LLB, University of Bristol


Kathryn joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in September 2015 for an 18-month pupillage.

During her first six months Kathryn assisted her pupil supervisor, Philip Evans QC, in the preparation of a number of serious and complex cases on behalf of both the prosecution and defence. Of particular note, Kathryn assisted in the prosecution of the individuals involved in the Hatton Garden burglary.

Kathryn also regularly assists her supervisor and other members of Chambers with legal research and the preparation of Advices on a diverse range of topics including misconduct in a public office, offences under the Gambling Act 2005 and prosecutions for obstruction of the highway in protest cases. Kathryn has also assisted in preparing complex appeals to the Court of Appeal on the subject of unfitness to plead.

Kathryn accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Chambers, Kathryn worked for two years in various top tier Law Firms including Debevoise & Plimpton, Peters & Peters, Linklaters and White & Case.

During this time, Kathryn undertook a specialist privilege review in a large-scale SFO investigation into bribery and corruption allegations at a multinational corporation. She was also involved in a number of financial crime investigations brought by the Financial Conduct Authority concerning LIBOR and FOREX manipulation and the investigation into the Barclays/Qatari deal.

Through this experience, Kathryn has developed an understanding of the complex legal framework in which financial markets operate. She is also acutely aware of the expectations of Instructing Solicitors.


Kathryn was credited as a researcher in the following interviews for LexisNexis:
Trends in the prosecution of directors - LexisNexis (published 9 February 2016)
Criminal Liability Following Mid Staffs - Lexis PSL (published 27 October 2015)

Scholarships and prizes

Ann Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2016)
Wales and Chester Circuit Achievement Award for the top-ranking student on the BPTC (2013)
BPTC Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2011)
Winner, Herbert Smith Mooting Competition (2009)


Young Fraud Lawyers Association
London Welsh Lawyers Association
Female Fraud Forum

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