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Sally-Ann Hales QC

Sally-Ann Hales QC

Call: 1988     Silk: 2012

Sally-Ann Hales QC is described in the directories as ‘delightful, down to earth and sensible’ and having a ‘great way with juries’. She has been consistently ranked in the legal directories since 2002.

Sally has extensive experience prosecuting and defending serious fraud and corruption and has been an SFO panel advocate for over 17 years. She is particularly adept at assimilating large volumes of material and is a firm believer in attention to detail, thorough preparation and the advantages of a collaborative approach when working as part of a team.

Alongside her fraud practice, over the course of the last 25 years Sally has developed particular expertise in the prosecution and defence of sexual offences and exploitation of children. She has a wealth of experience in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants and demonstrates an ability to overcome the most challenging communication difficulties.

Sally is a versatile advocate who remains focused on the desired outcome and her client. She gives practical advice founded on a thorough understanding of the law and evidence.


Fraud & Corporate CrimeSexual OffencesMurder & Other Violent Crime

Significant cases include:

  • R v J & others (2015) Overseas corruption in the oil and recruitment industry (SFO QC)
  • Operation Ski-jump (2014) International $27m penny share and carbon trading fraud (Def QC)
  • Operation Walrus (2012) Commercial mortgage fraud and money laundering (Def QC)
  • Innospec 2 (2012) Overseas corruption (Def Jnr)
  • R v Afzal & others (2011) £48m commercial mortgage fraud (SFO Jnr)
  • Operation Holbein (2009) Alleged cartel conspiracy (Def Jnr)

Significant cases include:

  • R v D & others (2017) Oxford grooming case (Def)
  • R v Frost (2017) NCA multijurisdictional prosecution of child exploitation (Pros)
  • R v Stannard (2017) Spouses indicted with familial historic abuse and child cruelty (Pros)
  • R v Wheeler (2017) Operation Yewtree historic sexual offences (Pros)
  • R v Figg (2016) Scoutmaster indicted with historic offences against children (Def)
  • R v Turk (2016) Historic abuse at a SEN boarding school (Def)
  • R v Midani (2016) Serial sexual offences committed against females in Brixton (Pros)
  • R v Joseph (2015) Husband and wife indicted with familial historic abuse and child cruelty (Pros)
  • R v E (2015) Transgender defendant indicted with historic offences against male relative (Def)
  • R v Field (2016) Teacher indicted with offences against female pupils (Def)
  • R v R (2016) Young defendant indicted with grooming offences (Def)

Significant cases include:

  • R v A (2017) Fatal street stabbing involving youths (Def)
  • R v Rooney & Others (2017) Multi-handed modern slavery and fraud by abuse of position (Pros)
  • R v C & Others (2017) Conspiracy to murder involving vulnerable defendants (Pros)
  • R v S & L (2016) Fatal street stabbing (Def)
  • R v T (2015) Plea to diminished responsibility relating to killing of wife by husband (Def)
  • R v R & B (2014) Police officer indicted with perverting course of justice (Def)
  • R v G (2014) Arson of commercial premises (Def)



Chambers 2018 – Band 4 Financial Crime

Legal 500 2017 – Leading silk , Business and regulatory Crime & Crime

  • Delightful, down to earth and sensible” – Chambers UK 2017
  • “She has a great way with juries”Legal 500 2017
  • “She is clear sighted, plain speaking and very good at leading” – Chambers UK 2012
  • “An impressive cross-examiner with a gritty style that appeals to juries” – Chambers UK 2009
  • A lovely advocate and extremely thorough in preparation” “A bit of a star” – Legal 500 2002

Publications, Lectures and Training


Legal professional privilege: the crime-fraud exception and its application in criminal proceedings – Practical Law co-written with Tony Shaw QC

Lectures and Training

Sally is qualified to train pupils and students using the widely regarded Hampel method. She has delivered training in-house and externally to other members of the profession on diverse topics including; ‘dawn raids’, SOCPA agreements, disclosure, bribery and confiscation and sexual offences.

She has been trained in respect of vulnerable witnesses as an advocate and Recorder.



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2:1 LLB (Hons) Leicester Polytechnic (now called De Montford University)


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Criminal Bar Association (elected QC representative 2013-2015)

South Eastern Circuit

Bar Council Surveillance Working Party (formed to address issues of LPP arising from the Investigatory Powers Bill)


Professional Appointments

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Recorder 2011(‘Ticketed’ to conduct serious sexual offences in 2014)

Bencher of Gray’s Inn 2016