Ken Hind was educated at Woodhouse Grove School near Bradford, graduated from Leeds University in Law in 1971 where he served as editor of the student newspaper, Chairman of the Entertainment Committee, Treasurer and President of the Students Union. Called to the bar of Grays Inn in 1973 he did his pupillage at 38 Park Square Leeds, where he became a tenant. In May 1983 he was elected as the MP for West Lancashire.
On return to practise in 1992 he joined 2 Kings Bench Walk Chambers, London, 1992 -97, then 3 Temple Gardens, London, 1997-2001. In 2001 joined 15 Winckley Square, Preston and in 2007 Oriel Chambers, Liverpool. Approved for VHCC including the Fraud panel, Ken was nominated as a senior member of Chambers at Oriel Liverpool for Chambers Top 500 in 2012.
In 2013 major cuts in legal fees have caused Ken Hind to rethink the organisation and delivery of criminal defence services and set up Newton Chambers. Technological developments and the need to streamline overheads have led to a new approach to advocacy services.
During his career Ken Hind has specialised in criminal defence cases and conducted many trials for the defence including murder, organised crime, drugs, people trafficking, fraud, serious sex offences and armed robbery. He has represented all communities in the UK and many overseas nationals accused charged with offences including triad gangs. He has particularly represented the travelling community in courts all over the country. During his career he has represented many families in some cases more than one generation and has a loyal clientele.
In his career he has conducted cases in Crown Courts in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol,Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Reading, Canterbury Maidstone, Guildford, Chelmsford, St Albans, Cambridge, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Southend, Basildon, Stafford, Coventry, Birmingham, Lincoln, Doncaster, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, York, Hull, Grimsby, Teeside, Newcastle, Lancaster, Preston, Burnley, Barrow, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, Carlisle, Canarfon, Swansea, Cardiff, Knightsbridge, Kingston, Inner London, Isleworth Snaresbrook, Southwark, Woolwich and the Old Bailey. In addition he has appeared many times in the Court of Appeal.
His ethos is that the client is the most important person in any every case, entitled to a proper defence no matter what the offence, innocent until proved guilty. In his career he has gone all over the country in the pursuit of justice,’ have wig will travel.’
In 1986 Ken joined the government as PPS to Minister for Defence Procurement, 1987 PPS Minister for Small Businesses Department of Employment, 1988 PPS to Minister for Security Northern Ireland Office and 1989-92 PPS Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He was Chairman of the Joint Anglo Irish Parliamentary Committee on Education and the Environment set up under the Anglo Irish Agreement. He served on most of the standing bill committees on crime related legislation, prevention of terrorism between 1983 and 92 and in the Northern Ireland office obtained a wide of experience on terrorism and investigative methods. In particular he was involved in all the legislation introducing proceed of crime provisions to drugs, dishonesty and terrorism.
Ken is married, has 3 children and a grandson. In his spare time he is a local councillor, lover of theatre, music, the countryside and the nation’s historic heritage, in addition a fanatical Manchester United supporter.