He’s excellent in the way he prepares cases. He is meticulous and has very good analysis and strategy’ Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

 ‘He is devastating in cross-examination and has a rapier-sharp mind.’ ‘He is very measured and is excellent at dealing with very complex matters.  Chambers UK 2015: Professional Discipline

Details of practice

Specialist in fraud, crime, professional discipline, inquests and licensing.  Listed as a Leading Individual by Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

Fraud/Financial Regulation:

Following a Masters Degree at Oxford in commercial law Kevin took pupillage at the Commercial Bar (20 Essex Street) before moving to the Criminal Bar to employ his advocacy skills. He is experienced in acting for prosecution and defence, and in cases brought by the FCA, SFO and CPS. His approach is based on thorough early preparation and mastery of the detail. He is experienced in providing advice at all stages of the process from pre-charge to large prosecutions. Notable cases include

  • Ponzi fraud
  • Carousel fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insider trading


Kevin has 20 years unbroken experience in serious criminal cases including but not limited to

  • Torture and assault
  • Corruption
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Perverting the course of justice
  • Public order
  • Class A drugs conspiracies
  • Causing death by dangerous driving
  • endangering aircraft
  • indecent images
  • cyber crime
  • hijack

Professional Discipline:

Kevin is Head of Chambers Professional Discipline Working Practice Group and only a limited view of Kevin’s considerable experience in professional discipline can be given in the notable cases section many of which attracted intense media attention. He provides specialist advice, drafting and advocacy in disciplinary as well as performance hearings and IPCC managed inquiries. He is instructed to advise the Police Federation nationally on discrete issues of law with general national importance, and gives lectures and training on the law and procedure. Kevin also acts and advises at Police Appeals Tribunal stage and judicial review, acting for the accused officers in important cases that have shaped the law in this area summarised in the Judicial Review cases section.

Coroners Inquests:

Kevin acts for interested persons in Coroners’ Inquests, specialising in but not limited to deaths in custody, examples given in the notable cases section. His knowledge of crime and police regulation and High Court advocacy combines well to provide the particular skill required for this specialist work.

Licensing and Regulatory:

Kevin has represented Transport for London and appears for the trade, the police, local authorities, and residents in alcohol and entertainment licensing. He is well versed in defending alleged Food Safety Regulation breaches and the enabling EC Directives.


Directory recommendations

“He’s excellent in the way he prepares cases. He is meticulous and has very good analysis and strategy.” Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

“Very switched-on.”  The Legal 500 2019: Police Law

“Exceptionally thorough.” “An excellent advocate who provides first-class representation to police officers who find themselves in difficulties.” Chambers UK 2018: Professional Discipline

“He is unpretentious, with excellent client care skills”. The Legal 500 2017: Police Law

‘He’s very thorough and good strategically. His written work is excellent and he has a real ability to out-think the opposition.’ ‘He’s always meticulously prepared for a case. Chambers UK 2017: Professional Discipline

A regular for police appeal tribunal work.’ The Legal 500 2016: Professional Discipline

“Combines strong skills in general crime and fraud with experience in a wide range of police disciplinary work”. “He’s well versed in handling sophisticated judicial review cases”.  “His cross-examination is great and presentationally he is very difficult to beat.  “He strikes a really nice balance.”  “He’s a very good, hard-nosed defence barrister, and a good advocate who is an immensely hard worker.”  Chambers UK 2016: Professional Discipline

His preparation is faultless and his cross-examination is excellent.’ The Legal 500 2015: Professional Discipline

‘He is devastating in cross-examination and has a rapier-sharp mind.’ ‘He is very measured and is excellent at dealing with very complex matters. Chambers UK 2015: Professional Discipline

‘Accomplished at handling police disciplinary cases as well as financial services regulatory mandates.’   The Legal 500 2014:  Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law

“He often handles high-profile police misconduct cases.”  He is very good, very thorough and very hard-working, and he comes incredibly well prepared.”  Chambers UK 2014:  Professional Discipline

His ‘grasp of the area and understanding of the issues in each case is top class’;  The Legal 500 2013:   Professional Discipline

Kevin Baumber is “extremely thorough” and has “a very good mind for assimilating detail.”  He represents police officers before the IPCC and in disciplinary hearings, inquests, appeals and judicial reviewsChambers UK 2013:  Professional Discipline

“Kevin Baumber is ‘first class; very clever and hard-working’” The Legal 500 2010:  Crime

Education/professional qualifications


BCL (Oxon)
LLB (1st class hons) – English and European Law


Pegasus International Scholarship
Walter Wigglesworth Major Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Sir Thomas More Bursary Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
Sweet and Maxwell Prize (highest first class hons degree)
Hammond Suddards Law Prize for Commercial Law and Competition Law
British Academy Scholar to Brasenose College Oxford


Criminal Bar Association – former committee member
Bar European Group – deputised as expert on UK criminal law
Witness Services Improvement Programme – former Bar consultant to government initiative
Grade 3 Prosecutor

Other information


Kevin has lectured on fraud for CPD accredited training seminars

He was the sole speaker at a seminar entitled “Fraud and Recent Developments” for MBL Seminars

Has lectured on confiscation at formal seminars

Sporting achievements:

International honours in cycling/running as veteran.

Kevin is consistently and currently ranked in the top 25 in the British Best All Rounder competition for time trialling, is current and four time club champion (est 1888) and holds around a dozen and counting club records at distances from 10 miles to 12 hours in time trialling.

He ran a sub 3 hour competitive marathon in 2017, aged 43.

Kevin competes internationally for Great Britain in his age group in duathlon (run/bike/run) finishing 8th and 15th respectively in the European Championships in 2014 and 2015, 6th in the National Championships.

He formerly rowed lightweight at Thames and London Rowing Clubs and won blades at Oxford for Brasenose College.

Direct access

Kevin Baumber is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.  This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him.  In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.