Philip Hackett specialises in civil and criminal commercial fraud, international corruption, financial services, health and safety, 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 matters, international sanctions investigations, regulatory investigations into insider dealing and market manipulation, cartel investigations, HMRC prosecutions, enquiries and civil claims in respect of taxation matters and numerous HSE and manslaughter cases.
Cases include BCCI, In Re Arrows, Maxwell, Gooda Walker, Wickes, Merrion Re insurance, AIT, TransTec, ‘City Slickers’ market manipulation, Kent Pharmaceuticals, British Aerospace, MEPs expenses, V Mobile, Vantis, Torex, Asil Nadir, Innospec, Celtic Mining and LIBOR.
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’.
Legal Directory recommendations
Philip Hackett QC “sets the bar incredibly high” due to his “exceptional experience” in UK and international cases relating to fraud and asset tracing. He boasts particular knowledge of commercial, banking and auditing and is valued for “always remaining calm and collected in difficult circumstances”. (Who’s Who Legal: 2015)
Philip Hackett has been commended for many years, recent quotes include;
“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).