020 8108 7186

I am a defence barrister having been called to the bar in 1985, giving me more than 30 years of experience in expert criminal and regulatory defence. I have extensive experience in both domestic and international work. I worked as a stagiaire in DGIV (Competition) in the European Commission in Brussels giving me excellent insight into both regulatory offences and fraud. Furthermore, I studied European Law at the College of Europe (Bruges) and I am currently a member of the Bar European Group and the European Lawyers Bar Association. 

I often defend professionals for whom conviction would cause reputational damage, (including, police officers; journalists; professors; diplomats; teachers; doctors; foster carers).

My Strategic Approach

If you have been accused of criminal, regulatory or disciplinary offences, you need a team of skilled lawyers whom you can trust to work diligently and assiduously on your behalf. I believe I have a unique and strategic approach to casework, taking on fewer clients specifically so that I can offer a service which provides added value. My objective is to ensure that clients benefit from a coherent strategy from the outset. Frontloading my input on a case enables me to provide maximum value to my clients and thereby enhance the possibility of achieving successful outcomes. I believe in being hands-on.

My clients are at the centre of the process of trial preparation. I have been recognised for my expertise in defence work. I only defend.

The infrastructure

  • I am a member of one of the largest and most successful chambers in the country.
  • I have access to offices in central London, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol, and I am always willing to travel to meet with clients.
  • My experience and expertise is supported by an infrastructure comprising of efficient and reliable clerks and support staff.
  • We have a fully staffed in-house library and online resources.

My instructing solicitors

I have had the pleasure of working with very experienced, highly motivated, tenacious, skilled solicitors dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for their clients.

Having access to this infrastructure and network of experts in their field means that we have the skills and the technical tools to do the job.

In the sex cases in which I am instructed, I invariably work with Stuart Sutton from Tuckers Solicitors. Stuart has a national practice. He has many years of experience in these types of cases and he has a profound knowledge and understanding of the myriad of issues that arise. I can say without fear of contradiction that his work ethic, professionalism, dynamism, good humour and client care are second to none.

Mandip Kumar of Precedence Law regularly instructs me in police cases, (criminal and disciplinary) and much of the substantial fraud; money laundering and regulatory work I undertake. He is the senior partner in Precedence Law. He has a fearsome reputation. He is tenacious; innovative and highly motivated. He is a man of integrity who works tirelessly in the best interests of his clients. He is often instructed in the most difficult and demanding cases because he never shirks a challenge. Straight talking. He is a man on a mission.

Practice Areas

I can advise on a wide range of practice areas including:

Recent Cases

My cases are high profile and are widely reported in the press, online and on television.

Examples of recent cases

  • B: (2017) (police inspector) allegedly stole and possessed with intent to supply 750k of drugs from police property store and perverted course of justice.
  • S: (2015) (police inspector), jointly charged with his wife and two others with offences of theft/fraud- (approximately £1 million Ponzi type scheme) and associated regulatory offences, (complainants ACPO ranked police officers).
  • AH: (2016) (Asian constable conspiring to pervert course of justice)- telephoned 999 and threatened that a police officer would be kidnapped and beheaded at the end of shift thereby causing an innocent person to be arrested and detained, at a time of heightened terrorist threat.
  • H: (2014) a police constable charged with GBH and cruelty on a child of his partner.
  • S: (2015) a Gambian diplomat accused of conspiring with others to evade excise duty of many millions of pounds by abusing their diplomatic quotas for tobacco and alcohol. Issues around waiver of diplomatic immunity.
  • R: (2015) a company director jointly charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Cutthroat defence as he claimed to be acting under duress.
  • G: (2014) (leading junior). A practising Sikh ran 10 or 11 company 'fronts' and masterminded a conspiracy to launder £32 million in cash through local branches of a High street bank. Issues around systemic failures in the banking system and bad character of the defendant.
  • K: (2016) a retired university professor and author, accused of historic rapes over many years of both his younger sisters beginning when he was a teenager and his sisters were young children through to adulthood. Complex legal and disclosure issues and substantial submissions on admissibility.
  • D: (2016) foster carer accused of orally raping an 8-year-old child and sexually abusing her and two other children in his care. Vulnerable witnesses. Complex and difficult cross-examination. Issues of contamination and collusion.
  • GH: (2016) a foster carer accused of incitement to engage a young child in his care in sexual activity, issues concerning the vulnerability of the defendant and the young children in his care. Vetting of cross-examination questions by Judge.
  •  RE: (2016) private tutor and mentor accused of historic sexual abuse of children under his supervision. Elicited disclosure which torpedoed evidence of one complainant and undermined evidence of the others.
  • C: (2017) historic sex abuse of niece. Family divided by allegations. Aquitted. 
  • S: (2017) a director of a small business was accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter on various occasions during her childhood, issues of false memory syndrome. Acquitted on all counts.
  • K: (2017) historic sexual abuse of stepdaughter and a school friend. Defendant is autistic. Obtained defence expert report dealing with reasonable adjustments which were required at trial to enable the accused to fully participate. Autism relevant to the substantive defence. Acquitted on all counts.
  • (2017/2018) medical student accused of serious sexual assaults of two fellow students on consecutive nights. Acquitted on all counts after a trial and re-trial. 

Ongoing Training

I attended the Advocates Gateway two day conference run by Professor Penny Cooper on vulnerable witnesses in the summer of 2017.

I attended the International Criminal Court at The Hague to participate in a two day seminar in the autumn of 2017 that focused on vulnerable witnesses, at which HHJ Peter Rook QC and Professor Penny Cooper were guest speakers.

I also completed the training on cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses in the Midlands in February 2018.

Criminal Barrister London

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Testimonials

Chambers & Partners 2018 - Rated as Band 2

"Noted for his representation of accountants and other professionals in complex fraud cases. He is adept at handling cases concerning carousel fraud, MTIC fraud and banking fraud. Strengths: 'He's analytical and indefatigable.'"

Anonymous - Alleged historic sexual abuse, October 2017, not guilty verdict

"I believe Mr Mark Kelly to be a truly outstanding professional. I felt entirely safe in his hands at all times. The jury reached unanimous not-guilty verdicts on all three charges in less than 45 minutes. I would stress that this testimonial is not based on the outcome alone; I had already expressed my gratitude to Mr Kelly before the final trial day and would have said the same whatever the outcome."