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Toby Hedworth Q.C.
Call 1975
Silk 1996
Specialisms: Regulatory, Crime, Administrative and Public
Toby Hedworth Q.C. CV
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Toby Hedworth Q.C.


Crime, Homicide, Terrorism, Regulatory and Judicial Review


"A fantastic communicator, who distils complex facts into intelligible themes"
"Toby Hedworth QC's established criminal practice includes prosecutions under the Terrorism Act."
"an outstanding advocate with an impressive court presence"
"Noted for his preparatory work in serious criminal cases."
"Takes some very serious criminal cases both on and off circuit."
"Impressive heavyweight ... takes instructions nationwide."
"Charismatic and energetic ... ranks at the top of heavy cases."
"A superb Advocate."
"His wide-ranging practice includes murders, drugs conspiracies, white-collar crime and courts martial."
"Recommended for white-collar crime cases."
- Legal 500

"He's an outstanding advocate in trials, and he gives peace of mind to clients who are facing the most stressful of times."
"Senior Silk in Newcastle and operates at a high level"
"is renowned in the Tyneside area for general crime and regulatory work. He led on the prosecution of Paul Robinson and Russell Gladstone in a case alleging murder outside a New Year's party."
"One of the Leading Silks on the North Eastern Circuit."
"Highly adept at making compelling submissions."
"Commended to researchers for having charm and talent in equal measures."
"The best criminal Barrister in the City ... incredibly industrious and always thinks the best of his clients."
“A highly respected silk who has worked on an impressive variety of cases in the criminal and regulatory sphere. He is particularly recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings”.."He's experienced and a good fighter in court." 
- Chambers & Partners

"Toby Hedworth Q.C., cool, calm and effective."
- Michael Mansfield Q.C. in 'Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer' 2009


Terrorism: Conducted first ever U.K. prosecution under Terrorism Act for membership of a proscribed organisation. R -v- Abdelah: Attorney General's Reference (No.4 of 2002) [2005] l A.C.264.

Defended in alleged London and international ricin conspiracy R -v- Feddag [2005]
Represented leader of al-Qaeda cyber-terrorism conspiracy, R -v- Tsouli: Attorney General's Reference 85 of 2007 [2008] 2 Cr. App.R. (S.) 45.

Represented alleged 9/11 al-Qaeda associate in extradition appeal, Boudhiba -v- Central Examining Magistrate, Madrid [2007] 1 W.L.R. 124.

White Collar Crime: Professionals defrauding state agencies, and long firm frauds. Instructed in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cases including Carousel/Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) Fraud, involving cross-jurisdictional issues, complex and voluminous financial evidence. North East Property Buyers Mortgage Fraud, defending client charged in what was dubbed the largest fraud in the UK, following a week of negotiations at trial, prosecution offered no evidence.

Homicide: Serial murders, gangland murders, and conspiracies, including: R -v- Sayers & others, R -v- Ashton Webber & Lyons [2004] UKHL1, R -v- Blackburn [2008] 2 Cr. App.R. (S.) 5, CA, and killings by defendants with acute mental deficiencies.

Professional Crime: Gangland executions, conspiracies to import and distribute controlled drugs, conspiracies to commit major armed robberies.

Police Disciplinary proceedings and inquests: particularly in relation to alleged unlawful killings by the police. Prosecution of corrupt police officers.

Procedure: Conducted the then largest ever disclosure of unused material exercise in the U.K. Strong human rights and appellate practice, including international : Hypolite v R [2007] Bda LR 85 (Murder).

Court Martial: Alleged conspiracy by 2 soldiers to murder a German national who had allegedly given information to the military police regarding drug dealing by the accused. Detailed abuse of process arguments raised following which no prosecution evidence was offered and an investigation into procedure was subsequently directed: R v Daley Schofield 2003.


  • Crown Court Recorder 1991
  • Head of Trinity Chambers
  • Queens Counsel 1996


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Justice


MA. Cantab.


A longstanding interest in, and knowledge of, planning matters and the built environment (Vice-Chairman Northumberland and Newcastle Society) rendering him a powerful advocate at Public Inquiries e.g. Chester-le-Street National Probation Service Hostel.

In June 2017, received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Northern Law Awards 2017. The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession in the region and to their organisation.