Member of Chambers Profile

Frederick Hookway

Year of Call: 2011



Frederick's practice engages all areas of criminal law and professional disciplinary proceedings. He is a strong and dedicated advocate who prides himself on thorough preparation and practical advice.


Frederick is already an experienced prosecutor who is regularly instructed by the CPS.  As a sole junior he has prosecuted a wide spectrum of offences ranging from multi handed cases of serious violence through to fraud and copyright offences. He has also prosecuted allegations of sexual assault and child abuse. 

As a led junior he has acted for the prosecution in the following cases-

i) R-v-U & Others (2015) – NCA led investigation into a multi-million pound conspiracy to import class A & B drugs. 

ii) R-v-D & Others (2016) - 10-handed prosecution of bank employees and others involved in the laundering of criminal funds from a nationwide ‘vishing’ fraud. This was part of the MET’s largest ever operation against ‘cyber crime’.

iii) R-v-M & Others (2016) - 5-handed prosecution relating to the sale and transfer of firearms and ammunition in London. Lead Defendant sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. 

iv) R-v-F & Others (2016) - prosecution of five Defendants who were part of a multi-million pound ‘boiler room’ fraud mis-selling carbon credits. 

Frederick has also appeared on behalf of the Prosecution before the Court of Appeal in appeals against conviction. 

In 2013/2014 Frederick was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office where he worked on a high profile bank fraud.  

Frederick also accepts instructions to prosecute on behalf of other organisations, such as Transport for London.


Frederick is a robust defence advocate who has experience defending a wide range of offences. Frederick has recently represented Defendants charged with allegations of serious assault, robbery, indecent exposure and offences relating to the breach of planning enforcement notices. 

In addition Frederick has particular experience in driving offences, including successful arguments of exceptional hardship and special reasons to avoid disqualification.

Frederick also accepts instructions under direct access. 

Professional Disciplinary Proceedings

Having completed a secondment at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in early 2013, Frederick now regularly accepts instructions to appear on behalf of Registrants before the NMC and has gained considerable experience in this forum. He has appeared in the full range of proceedings, including numerous substantive hearings, reviews (interim and substantive), restoration hearings, registration appeals, and fraudulent/incorrect entry cases. 

In 2014/2015 Frederick represented a Nurse charged along with six others in relation to alleged malpractice at a care home in South Wales. This case lasted for several months and attracted considerable media attention. Frederick’s Client was the only one of six who escaped any finding of professional misconduct. 

In both 2014 and 2016 Frederick contributed to accredited seminars provided to the Royal College of Nursing on proceedings before the NMC. This included presenting a section on the law and procedure relating to registration appeals and another on restoration hearings.  

In 2016 Frederick appeared in the High Court in a successful appeal against the findings of the NMC [Wisniewska v NMC [2016] EWHC 2672 (Admin)].


King’s College London- Law (LLB) (First Class Honours)

SOAS (University of London) - LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice (Distinction)

College of Law- BPTC (Outstanding)

Scholarships (Lincoln’s Inn)

Lord Denning Scholarship

Megarry Scholarship

Buchanan Prize 

Professional Memberships

The South Eastern Circuit