020 8108 7186

If you have been accused of fraud, you need a lawyer you can trust. The law relating to fraud covers many offences and you need someone with experience in all areas. I am part of one of the largest and most successful chambers in the country and have been recognised for my expertise in defence. Many of my clients are professional people (eg police officers, teachers, members of the medical profession, businessmen, and company directors). I have offices in central London, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol, but I am always willing to travel to meet with clients and plan the best course of action for their case. I work out of hours and at weekends and I can make myself available to take calls from my professional clients (ie Solicitors) during those times.

My experience and expertise is supported by an infrastructure built over 30 years, comprising of efficient librarians, reliable clerks, specialist solicitors, barristers and support staff. Having access to this network of experts and the technical tools to do the job, ensures I always have time for detailed preparation, and to give due attention to your case.

I offer my clients a strategic approach to fighting their cases - taking on fewer clients to offer a service with added value. The mainstay of my practice is drafting and disclosure, ensuring that clients are afforded the benefit of a coherent strategy from the outset. Frontloading casework allows me to devise a strategy for clients, ensuring maximum value and opportunity for success.  I believe in being hands-on from the very beginning of my cases and in making sure I have enough time to carry out all necessary conferences with my clients anywhere in the UK. I work very closely with my clients, putting them at the centre of decision making, assisted by a team of highly motivated, tenacious solicitors from all over the country, you can be confident in our approach to your case. Contact Mark Kelly today for expert advice and assistance in relation to fraud. 

Offences Relating to Fraud

In many cases, the legislation governing offences of fraud is the Fraud Act 2006 - though other legislation may apply depending upon the circumstances. Offences successfully prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006 invariably attract heavy penalties, and can include up to ten years imprisonment.

Fraud is undoubtedly a vast and sometimes complex area of law, and it, therefore, follows that you should always make sure that you have the very best legal representation at all stages.

You may have been arrested for an alleged offence, received a summons, or have been informed that you are likely or certain to be charged with an offence. It all depends on the circumstances, and this is a further good reason to secure expert legal representation as soon as reasonably possible.

Mark Kelly, Expert Fraud Barrister

Fraud and serious fraud represent a substantial part of my practice.

I am a specialist defence barrister, and therefore I have considerable experience in serious fraud work. This includes bank fraud, internet fraud, education fraud, and multi-million-pound carousel fraud/MTIC fraud. I also regularly deal with the accompanying confiscation and restraint proceedings relating to these cases.

Given the fact that I am a practising barrister, I can appear in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court on behalf of clients, enabling me to assist you with charges at every level in relation to fraud and serious fraud. Once I have been instructed, I can deal with all elements of your case, striving to ensure the best outcome possible in your circumstances, and therefore ultimately allowing you to get on with your life.

Experience and Past Cases

I was recently part of a team of lawyers representing an Inspector of Police accused of substantial fraud. After comprehensive preparation including the obtaining of expert input from a forensic accountant and substantial successful legal arguments which ran for several weeks the crown offered no evidence on all counts.

I appeared in the first ever Revenue Evasion case, Operation Indicia, following the ‘Bond House’ judgment; all of the defendants were subsequently acquitted. I was able to secure these acquittals following an analysis of the judgment for criminal prosecutions under the VAT Act.

In other work, I was involved in a £54 million carousel fraud case, and I conducted the entire pre-trial abuse and severance arguments in relation to it, due to leading counsel being unavailable at the time.

In another case, involving an allegation of a £100 million fraud, my client was charged with having directly profited to the tune of £5 million, and fraudulently. The Crown was unable to secure a conviction in respect of the fraud charge, and my client was ultimately only convicted of false invoicing; a positive result given the more serious possible outcome.

I successfully defended a property developer who was accused of obtaining mortgages fraudulently with his co-director, a conveyancing solicitor and a surveyor. This case required meticulous preparation and attention to detail, including the calling of expert evidence, and was particularly complex due to the fact that there were two additional charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Due to this extensive experience, I am ideally placed to assist and represent you, should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Being charged with an offence such as fraud can be a stressful and potentially life-changing experience. By virtue of its nature, if you were to be convicted, it would be a conviction for dishonesty. Such a conviction can have serious consequences for your life and career, and could even cause you to lose your job and livelihood.

For this reason, as well as those outlined above, I am here to help you every step of the way. Once you contact me, I will be able to discuss with you the details of your case, and give a professional opinion as to what your options are and the best way to move forward.

Mark Kelly Specialist Fraud Barrister in London, UK

My professional experience, approachability and considerable expertise, means that you will be in a very safe pair of hands when it comes to your fraud defence, and my track record is second to none. I consistently obtain favourable results for clients accused of a variety of fraud offences, and so I am well placed to support, advise and represent you in respect of your case.

Serving Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Bristol and the rest of the UK. If you wish to discuss a fraud or other related matters, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly on 020 8108 7186 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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.

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19 June 2018

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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."