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Frederick Hookway

‘Freddie is an excellent advocate. His style is measured and illustrates his clear grasp of every detail of a case.'Legal 500 2024

Call 2011

Practice Profile

Frederick is a highly rated barrister with a track record of achieving exceptional results on both sides of the courtroom. Regularly instructed in complex and lengthy cases beyond his call, both at first instance and on appeal, he is scrupulous in his preparation, and regarded for his total command of the law. An engaging trial advocate, Frederick has excellent client care with an incisive approach, and is adept at managing and providing practical advice to large case teams.

Frederick has particular experience in serious fraud and cybercrime work, including in boiler room, vishing/phishing, mandate, duty evasion, Ponzi frauds, bribery, and in international money laundering cases. He is also regularly instructed in POCA work, appearing in high-value confiscation, restraint, and order enforcement proceedings.

Further, Frederick receives instruction in cases involving serious organised crime, including in drug importation, serious violence, and firearms supply, and much of which involves the prosecution or defence of multi-handed and lengthy cases.

In addition, Frederick has built up an impressive regulatory practice, in particular in proceedings relating to healthcare professionals. He frequently appears at inquests on behalf of individuals or NHS Trusts, including in complex Article 2 inquests involving the deaths of those under the care of mental health services or in state detention.

Moreover, he receives regular instruction on behalf of registrants appearing before, and appealing against, the decisions of, professional tribunals (see, for example, Wisniewska v NMC [2016] EWHC 2672 Admin). Further, Frederick is regularly instructed to challenge, and advise upon, the decisions of various government bodies (for example, the Disclosure and Barring Service).

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Recent and Ongoing Cases

R-v-N & Others [Isleworth CC] (2024)

Led junior in 8-handed fraud arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. [Instructed by CPS SCU]

R-v-X [Isleworth Crown Court] (2023)

Leading junior in allegation of attempted murder. The defendant (14-years old) alleged to have stabbed the victim (13-years old) seventeen times in a planned attack. [Instructed by CPS London]

R-v-Z [Central Criminal Court] (2023)

Led junior (led by Charlotte Newell KC) in an allegation of murder. Allegation related to the defendant (16) stabbing another 16-year old to death. [Instructed by CPS Homicide]

R-v-J [Central Criminal Court] (2023)

Prosecuted a case of death by dangerous driving where the defendant, a 64-year old bus driver, struck and killed a 16-year old pedestrian. [Instructed by CPS Homicide]

Op Ananke [Southwark CC] (2023/2024)

Led junior in 21-handed fraud allegation related to the processing of personal loans at Natwest bank. Case split across three trials. [Instructed by CPS SEOCID]

Op Obligingly [Bournemouth CC] (2023)

Leading junior in a 6-handed conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Investigated by the NCA. [Instructed by CPS SEOCID]

Op Octagon [Southwark CC] (2023)

Led junior counsel in a case targeting a sophisticated money laundering OCN [Instructed by CPS SEOCID]

R-v-AB [Liverpool CC] (2022)

Led junior (led by Charlotte Newell QC) in murder trial. The victim was a 12-year old girl stabbed to death in Liverpool city centre. [Instructed by CPS Mersey-Cheshire CCU]

Op Rutaceous [Kingston CC] (2022)

Prosecuted 4-handed case alleging various conspiracies to assist unlawful immigration. Investigated by the NCA. Case relied heavily on evidence obtained via undercover officers. Frederick was awarded a Commendation from the National Crime Agency for his work on this case.  [Instructed by CPS SEOCID]

Operation Docwu [Isleworth CC] (2021)

Led junior in a four-handed prosecution for attempted murder. A shooting linked to alleged gang rivalries. [Instructed by CPS London]

Op Gnathonize [Wood Green CC] (2020/2022)

Led junior in relation to a complex six-handed drug importation conspiracy investigated by the NCA. [Instructed by CPS Specialist Fraud Division]

Operation Ginsberg [Luton CC] (2020/2021)

Prosecuting a conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Investigation relied heavily on evidence obtained via undercover officers. [Instructed by the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division]

Panel Appointments

  • Serious Fraud Office - Panel B
  • General Crime: Grade 4
  • Fraud Specialist Panel: Grade 4
  • Serious Crime Specialist Panel: Grade 4
  • Counter Terrorism: Grade 4

Prizes & Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn
  • Megarry Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn
  • Buchanan Prize - Lincoln's Inn


  • King’s College London (Law LLB) - First Class Honours
  • SOAS (Law LLM)- Distinction 
  • College of Law (BPTC)- Outstanding


Five members of an organised crime group have been found guilty of smuggling migrants into the UK

15 March 2023

Following a 4-week trial at Bournemouth Crown Court, 5 members of an organised... Read More

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