Maximilian Hardy

Introduction

Specialising in criminal and regulatory law, Max is a persuasive and experienced advocate who is dauntless in pursuit of a successful outcome for clients.

He is ready to advise at any time, in person or in writing, on cases great or small, whether privately funded or legally aided.

Background and expertise

Max has been a tenant at 9 Bedford Row since 2007. He maintains a mixed practice, defending and prosecuting a range of criminal offences. Having appeared in hundreds of trials, he has learnt from long experience the hard work and preparation that is required to win in court.

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Notable cases

R v Bateman, 2017

Max prosecuted a historian for stealing the log book of a deceased Canadian ‘dam-buster’ from his widow. Wood Green Crown Court.

R v Adeyeye and others, 2017

Acting alone, Max prosecuted an eight-handed fraud and money laundering case, arising from the wholesale pillaging of the accounts of a high-net-worth individual by a corrupt employee of HSBC. Inner London Crown Court.

R v Pepper, 2016

Max defended in a very serious knifepoint rape case, where the defendant had committed a series of rapes in 1991, was convicted and imprisoned for two, and then released and arrested 25 years later on a cold case review for a third. Southwark Crown Court.

General Crime

R v F and Others, 2018

Prosecution of 5 boys aged 14 and 15 years for the murder by stabbing of another 15 year old boy. The case was a true joint enterprise as the Crown could not prove who the stabber/stabbers were and the case involved piecing together large quantities of circumstantial and CCTV evidence. There were bad character applications re gang membership. Led by Jane Bickerstaff QC. St Albans Crown Court.

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R v B, 2018

Prosecuted a BMW driver who drove deliberately into the path of a moped rider. Convicted of s.18 GBH. St Albans Crown Court

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R v P, 2018

Prosecuted arson and perverting the course of justice arising from the torching of a car used to commit a murder in Battersea. To date no convictions have been obtained for the murderers partly due to the destruction of the getaway vehicle. Central Criminal Court.

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R v M, 2018

Client prosecuted for murder, attempted s.18 GBH and possession of an offensive weapon. Led by Edward Henry QC (QEB Hollis Whiteman). Client was acquitted of murder and attempted s.18 GBH. Croydon Crown Court.

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R v B, 2018

Prosecuted woman who inveigled her way into the life of Sir Samuel Brittan and defrauded him of approximately £100,000. Southwark Crown Court.

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R v F

Operation Baum: six-handed case of violent disorder which had resulted in the death of a man. Led by John Cammegh at Croydon Crown Court. .

R v G

Max defended in one of the last ever careless driving simpliciter prosecutions causing death. Case stopped at half-time.

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Financial Crime

R v P and others

Conspiracy to defraud; Operation Danks Corner. Max was led by Paul Watson QC in the prosecution of a counter-terrorism officer who was convicted following trial of defrauding the Metropolitan Police of over £90,000. See Daily Mail article.

R v A-S and others

Conspiracy to defraud and to contravene trademarks (Operation Donets). Max was the disclosure junior for the Crown in an eight-handed case at Southwark Crown Court which culminated in a number of convictions in July 2009. See BBC story.

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Civil Fraud

IA Associates v HMRC

Acting for a Company appealing against a decision to disallow a VAT reclaim on the grounds of constructive knowledge fraud. Lead by Abbas Lakha QC.

Hawkeye v HMRC

Acting for a Company appealing against a decision to disallow a VAT reclaim on the grounds of constructive knowledge fraud. Lead by Abbas Lakha QC.

Extradition

Poland v L, 2006
2006 EWHC 3227 (Admin) Max represented the requested person at first instance for his contested extradition hearing, arguing that it would be unjust and oppressive for him to be extradited to Poland to face trial for offences of fraud many years after their alleged commission. The same argument was advanced in the Divisional Court; the appeal succeeded.
United States of America v H

Max represented Abu Hamza in a sequence of remand hearings in the run-up to his contested extradition proceedings at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court – and assisted in drafting advice concerning the instruction of an expert to comment on the possible use in the US of evidence obtained by torture or oppressive treatment. See BBC news story.

Appellate Work

Jarman (Brett Francis), 2008
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) [2008] EWCA Crim 810 Appeal against sentence in an ABH in which it was contended that it was improper for a judge to overload the requirements of a suspended sentence order, as a result of deciding not to impose an immediate sentence of imprisonment.
Brown (Curtis), 2008
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) [2008] EWCA Crim 988 Appeal against sentence in an ABH arguing that the judge improperly made a finding of dangerousness in circumstances where the previous year the same judge had imposed a suspended sentence order and where the Probation Service had failed to give effect to an important requirement contained within the order.

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Other activities and interests

Publications

  • Frequent contributor to Counsel magazine

Professional Commentary and Attribution

"He has an exemplary court manner, is wise beyond his years and is particularly good at dealing with young defendants." (Legal 500, 2017)
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PROFILE: Maximilian Hardy

"An enterprising defender and also a highly-respected prosecutor" ‘A bright and personable practitioner able to distil complex concepts into jury-friendly language."He has an exemplary court manner, is wise beyond his years and is particularly good at dealing with young defendants."

Legal 500, 2019

Year called

2004

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Cybercrime

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

Disciplinary

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Licensing

International

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Immigration

Financial and Corporate law

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Civil Fraud

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Corporate Offences

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VAT Tribunals

Extradition

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Extradition

Military

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Military

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

MA (Oxon), University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall)

CPE/GDL, City University

BVC, Inns of Court School of Law

Memberships

CBA (executive committee since 2010), Amicus Fraud Lawyers' Association, Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Appointments

Florida Bar Criminal Advocacy Program, 2008

Member of England & Wales team at International Moot Court, 2009

Chairman of young barristers' committee of Bar Council, 2014

Pupil supervisor

Gray's Inn accredited advocacy trainer

CPS Panel (Grade 4) and Rape Panel

Serious Crime Panel (Grade 3)

Fraud Panel (Grade 3)

Counter Terrorism Panel (Grade 3)

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