• A highly respected junior who specialises in corporate and financial crime, private prosecutions, and financial regulation, Kathryn Hughes is a future star of the Bar.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Kathryn has developed a practice focussed primarily on corporate and financial crime; she regularly works with both top-tier law firms and financial institutions. She has an acute understanding of the complex law in this area, as well as the specific concerns of corporate clients facing allegations of financial crime, bribery and corruption.

    Crime

    A bright and very able junior barrister with experience of prosecuting and defending a range of offences throughout the various stages of the criminal process. 

    Private Prosecution

    Kathryn has a flourishing practice in private prosecutions. She has experience acting for companies and individuals bringing private prosecutions, drawing on her ability to deal with complex matters of law.

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of London Welsh Lawyers
    • Female Fraud Forum
    • Gray’s Inn
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Private Prosecutors' Association

    Education

    • 2013: Cardiff University, BPTC (Outstanding and First in Year) 
    • 2012: Utrecht University, LLM in European Law (First Class Honours)
    • 2011: LLB (Hons), University of Bristol

    Languages 

    • French

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    News

    • New Tenants

      QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to announce that Kathryn Hughes, Nadesh Karu and William Cholerton have all accepted invitations to join Chambers following the successful completion of their Pupillages.

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    Articles

    • French DPAs - considering the first guidelines

      This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Corporate Crime on 24 July 2019.   Corporate Crime analysis: Kathryn Hughes takes a closer look at the first guidelines on the convention judiciaire d'intérêt public and says it is evident that the French auth...

    • Kathryn Hughes write practice note for LexisPSL on case management in the magistrates court

      You can see Kathryn’s practice note here and the related check-list here.

    • Italian VAT fraud case sparks debate and divided opinion (MAS and MB (Taricco II))

      Corporate Crime analysis: Discussing the Court of Justice’s judgment in MAS and MB (Taricco II), Kathryn Hughes says that by failing to address significant issues, the court has merely fuelled the ongoing debate about the primacy of EU law vis à vis...

    • French Court authorises first-ever French deferred prosecution agreement

      Corporate Crime analysis: Kathryn Hughes takes a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the first French deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) and considers how the French DPA process compares with that of the UK.This article was first published on L...

    • Court approves France's first DPA against HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

      This article was first published in the Money Laundering Bulletin - you can read the article, here. 

    • The French DPA: The Same but Different

      On 14 November 2017, the Cour D’Appel de Paris approved the first French ‘DPA’ between HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA (“PBRS”), the Swiss private banking unit of HSBC, and the French National Financial Prosecutor, Parquet Nati...

    • The Action Plan - Tackling Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding (2016)

    • Trends in the prosecution of directors Lexis Nexis (2016)

      Directors need to know their responsibilities under the Companies Acts and Insolvency Act 1986.

    • Criminal Liability Following Mid Staffs - Lexis PSL (2015)

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Kathryn is a highly respected junior who specialises in corporate and financial crime, international arbitration, private prosecutions, and financial regulation.

    Overview

    Kathryn has developed a practice focussed primarily on corporate and financial crime; she regularly works with both top-tier law firms and financial institutions. She therefore has an acute understanding of the complex law in this area, as well as the specific concerns of corporate clients facing allegations of financial crime, bribery and corruption.

    Experience

    Kathryn has experience beyond her years. She is frequently sought after by market leaders for her particular expertise in the field. Kathryn has been instructed to act for a former FTSE 100 company that is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

    Kathryn is also experienced in international arbitration. For example, in 2018 Kathryn worked with a leading Chinese oil and gas company and its overseas subsidiary as claimants in a multi-billion-dollar arbitration administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) related to their investment in a European oil company. Kathryn is able to quickly understand and digest a high volume of technical information, a skill which has proved invaluable in the context of arbitration cases. Kathryn is also currently instructed on a high profile arbitration in London set to be heard at the end of 2018. 

    Kathryn has also advised a global investment bank on their Anti-Bribery and corruption compliance. In particular, she has advised on third party risk, transaction risk and gifts and hospitality. Kathryn has been involved in designing and delivering training to third party consultants on issues of bribery and corruption. 

    Through her work with financial institutions and corporates, Kathryn has developed a comprehensive understanding of the UK Bribery Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and what corporations need to do to ensure compliance with these anti-corruption laws and regulations.

    In addition to her busy corporate and financial crime practice, Kathryn also takes time to contribute to various publications. She has particular expertise in relation to Deferred Prosecution Agreements, having assisted her former supervisor who represented the prosecution in SFO v XYZ Ltd and she writes regularly on this topic. Kathryn understands how DPAs operate in various different jurisdictions, having undertaken a detailed comparative analysis of several different legislative frameworks

    Kathryn is developing a reputable practice in financial regulation. She has advised corporate entities on their regulatory requirements under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and has an acute understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape in this area.

    Before coming to the Bar, Kathryn worked at various top tier law firms in the field of financial crime. She was involved in the litigation teams acting for various FTSE 100 companies being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office on charges of bribery and corruption. Kathryn has particular expertise in assessing matters of privilege in relation to corporate investigations.

    Kathryn commits to undertaking pro bono work alongside a busy corporate criminal practice. She has assisted with various projects for "Space for Giants" regarding the drafting of guidance materials for the wildlife, terrorism and financial crime laws in various African Jurisdictions. She also undertakes work with Innocence Network UK at Cardiff University, which includes cases from assault to attempted murder.

    Recent Work

    • JAMS arbitration: Kathryn is currently instructed as junior counsel to William Boyce QC in a multi-million dollar employment dispute involving claims of dishonesty. 

    • In 2018, Kathryn worked with a leading Chinese oil and gas company and its overseas subsidiary as claimants in a multi-billion-dollar arbitration administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) related to their investment in a European oil company. 

    • Kathryn worked with the anti-corruption team at a leading global investment bank which included providing training on bribery and corruption legislation to international public officials (2016-2018).

    • In 2017-2018, Kathryn was instructed by a former FTSE 100 company in relation to an SFO investigation into potential issues of bribery and corruption.

    • In 2017, Kathryn acted as Independent Counsel to make determinations of LPP in relation to an SFO investigation into a private company. 

    Articles

    • French DPAs - considering the first guidelines

      This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Corporate Crime on 24 July 2019.   Corporate Crime analysis: Kathryn Hughes takes a closer look at the first guidelines on the convention judiciaire d'intérêt public and says it is evident that the French auth...

    • Italian VAT fraud case sparks debate and divided opinion (MAS and MB (Taricco II))

      Corporate Crime analysis: Discussing the Court of Justice’s judgment in MAS and MB (Taricco II), Kathryn Hughes says that by failing to address significant issues, the court has merely fuelled the ongoing debate about the primacy of EU law vis à vis...

    • French Court authorises first-ever French deferred prosecution agreement

      Corporate Crime analysis: Kathryn Hughes takes a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the first French deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) and considers how the French DPA process compares with that of the UK.This article was first published on L...

    • Court approves France's first DPA against HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

      This article was first published in the Money Laundering Bulletin - you can read the article, here. 

    • The French DPA: The Same but Different

      On 14 November 2017, the Cour D’Appel de Paris approved the first French ‘DPA’ between HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA (“PBRS”), the Swiss private banking unit of HSBC, and the French National Financial Prosecutor, Parquet Nati...

  • Kathryn Hughes has wide and varied experience in the field of general crime.

    Overview

    A bright and very able junior barrister with experience of prosecuting and defending a range of offences throughout the various stages of the criminal process. 

    Experience

    Kathryn has successfully defended clients facing a variety of criminal allegations, such as robbery, burglary, assault, public order and offences against the police. She has extensive experience advising clients from their first appearance at court through to the conclusion of their case. She has experience of multi-handed cases having co-defended on a violent disorder case, with co-defendants from QEB Hollis Whiteman.

    Kathryn is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent individuals and companies charged with driving offences. Her sound knowledge of the law in this area together with her knowledge and experience of court procedure help to settle clients who often have little to no experience of the criminal justice system. She has particular experience of making special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments, which can save a driver from losing their licence despite being guilty of a motoring offence.

    Kathryn regularly appears on behalf of the prosecution in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. She is a Grade 1 CPS advocate and has prosecuted both for the CPS and for private prosecutors.

    Kathryn commits to undertaking pro bono work alongside a busy corporate criminal practice. She has assisted with various projects for "Space for Giants" regarding the drafting of guidance materials for the wildlife, terrorism and financial crime laws in various African Jurisdictions. She also undertakes work with Innocence Network UK at Cardiff University, which includes cases from assault to attempted murder.

    Recent Cases

    • Kathryn Hughes defended individual charged with four others in a violent disorder at Oxford Crown Court.

    • Kathryn Hughes defended an individual charged with having a bladed article in public place.

    Articles

  • Kathryn has experience of both presenting and defending in a wide range of regulatory and professional disciplinary proceedings. She has particular experience in the fields of financial regulation and healthcare regulation. 

    Whether defending or presenting, she is adept at quickly assimilating complex information and presenting arguments in a clear, concise and persuasive manner. Kathryn is also alert to the wider reputational, public and personal consequences of regulatory action.

    Kathryn regularly undertakes work with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the healthcare “regulator of regulators”, which includes drafting detailed case reviews in circumstances where the Authority is concerned about the outcome in a particular case, and advising on whether the Authority might appeal the matter to the High Court. 

  • Private Prosecutions

    A phenomenally bright and promising junior advocate with a burgeoning practice in Private Prosecutions.

    Overview

    Kathryn has a flourishing practice in private prosecutions. She has experience acting for companies and individuals bringing private prosecutions, drawing on her ability to deal with complex matters of law.

    Experience

    Since early 2017, Kathryn has been instructed as a junior counsel on behalf of a gaming institution, to prosecute a multi-million pound fraud allegation. She has advised on the case from the initial investigation stage through to the court hearings and has an in-depth understanding of the law and procedure governing private prosecutions. 

    Kathryn has also assisted in conducting research for and preparing private prosecutions involving very complex matters of law and fact. Given her educational background, Kathryn has often been called upon to assist where matters of European law arise in the context of private prosecutions which cross jurisdictional boundaries.

    Kathryn’s experience in bringing private prosecutions in the field of fraud has made her uniquely placed to also defend them. She is able to draw upon her experience to identify the weaknesses in any Private Prosecution being brought and to exploit them to the advantage of the defendant.