Practice Summary

Philip specialises in civil and criminal commercial fraud, international corruption, regulatory and disciplinary law, direct and indirect tax and associated areas such as sanctions, mutual legal assistance and asset tracing. Over the past 25 years he has been instructed in many of the leading cases including the most serious SFO investigations, FSA prosecutions for insider dealing and market manipulation, cartel prosecutions, HMRC prosecutions, enquiries and civil claims in respect of taxation matters and numerous HSE and manslaughter cases.
The international aspects of his practice have resulted in experience of offshore matters in connection with BVI, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and many European jurisdictions as well as US, Caribbean and Africa.
For many years he has been selected as a leading silk by legal directories, including the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory, describing him as a ‘highly articulate and convincing advocate’ who provides ‘incisive case analysis’ and a ‘tactical advocate who is superb at cross examination’, regarded by solicitors as ‘sensitive to the mood of the client’.

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Philip Hackett is regularly instructed at the earliest stage when an investigation becomes a possibility, advising on steps to ensure a favourable outcome together with the preservation of confidentiality and LPP. He also advises at the earliest point on civil remedies in fraud cases. He has considerable experience in all related areas such as restraint orders, asset tracing and mutual legal assistance. Experience and expertise in commercial, banking and auditing leads to him being instructed on behalf of the CEO or Finance Director or the company. He has acted in respect of many of the leading fraud cases including;
SIB (Isle of Man) (banking and audit); Arrows (property); Maxwell (pensions); three BCCI trials (banking and audit); Gooda Walker (insurance); Wickes (auditing); Merrion Re insurance (insurance); AIT (market manipulation); TransTec (audit); Kent Pharmaceuticals (cartel); Daily Mirror ‘City Slickers’ (market manipulation); Vantis (tax); Bouman (tax); Torex (audit); UKIP MEP expenses; Asil Nadir.

International Corruption

Philip Hackett regularly lectures for organisations such as the IBA, the Commonwealth Lawyers association on international bribery and corruption compliance matters. He has recently conducted seminars for the Nigerian Bar Association and Europol. He has advised on self reporting, whistleblowing and internal enquiries and has considerable experience of multi jurisdictional cases and negotiations with multiple regulators including civil settlements and plea agreements.
Cases in the public domain include British Aerospace; V Mobile; Oil for Food; Innospec and the prosecution of former cabinet ministers in Turks and Caicos.


Since defending the Captain of the Herald of Free Enterprise Philip Hackett has specialized in numerous manslaughter, environmental and health and safety cases. These include the Sowerby Bridge, Duckmanton and Weaver manslaughter cases (road hHaulage); Ove Arup, Youssoff, Seacon (construction) Kenchington Little and Flint & Neil (consulting) Pointons (gas manslaughter). He has advised in particular on duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
He also has considerable experience in cases brought in connection with EC fishing regulation including Stevenson; the Christina; The Coyo Tercero and the O’Genita.


Philip Hackett advises in responses to HMRC enquiries and investigations, Disclosure Facility Cases, Disclosures, Code of Practice 9 cases and cases before the Tax Tribunals. He also advises in respect of civil and regulatory claims arising from mis selling and negligence of advisors

Legal Directory recommendations

Philip Hackett has been commended for many years, recent quotes include;
“He is brilliant at assessing the situation as it happens. He is very quick on his feet and very good at empathising with a jury or making them empathise with his client. Chambers UK 2015 (Financial Crime)
“Philip Hackett QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is “a sensational advocate,” whose “advocacy is of an exceptional standard,” say impressed sources. He has recently been defending in the prosecution of Asil Nadir, former head of the Polly Peck trading empire” Chambers UK 2013 (Fraud).
One market observer noted that Philip Hackett QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square “can find an acquittal where others would fail miserably.” He is “a strong advocate whether in court or in the robing room but he can be measured as well if circumstances demand it.” Chambers UK 2013 (Health and Safety).
“The ‘nearly faultless’ Philip Hackett QC is the counsel of choice for many solicitors requiring outstanding expertise in the most complex criminal matters.” Chambers UK 2012 (Fraud).
“Philip Hackett QC is applauded for his magnificent work in relation to fraudulent trading, money laundering and confiscation proceedings. ‘He is a superb advocate and a master tactician’, who is ‘approachable and highly prepared’.” “A barrister with the X-factor.” Chambers UK 2011 (Fraud)
“Philip Hackett QC is a defence mainstay when it comes to corporate and gross negligence manslaughter inquiries. He impresses with his ‘clarity of thought and ability to get to the nub of a case quickly and effectively’.” Chambers UK 2011 (Health and Safety)
“Solicitor favourite. He is known for doing ‘a great job in the most difficult circumstances’, “Fiercely bright, highly articulate and very persuasive” Chambers 2010 (Fraud)
“A lawyer who ‘knows exactly what questions to ask’. ‘Highly sensitive to the mood of the court’. Chambers 2010 (Health and Safety).

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