020 8108 7186

I have an excellent record of successfully defending individuals accused of serious sexual offences, including sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. In cases such as these, it is imperative to have expert legal advice and representation, as the consequences of a serious sexual offences conviction are almost always life-changing. I can also represent professionals, including persons holding a position of trust (such as foster carers) and I undertake a large number of serious cases in this field involving complex legal and factual issues in which there are often several complainants (in one instance 10).

I am part of one of the largest and most successful chambers in the country and have been recognised for my expertise in defence. 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 (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 and other 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.

Specialist Sexual Offences Defence Barrister UK

There is a wide range of sexual offences that the Crown can charge an individual with, and the legislation relating to these offences is complex. With my years of experience representing defendants, I am ideally placed to advise you on the legal process, as well as provide representation if your case was to go to trial.

Past Cases and Experience

I have worked on a number of serious cases involving multiple complainants,  and I have worked on many cases involving historic allegations. These cases frequently raise many related complex issues of law and evidence, all of which require meticulous preparation. 

I have developed a niche practice of defending carers accused of sexually abusing children in their care. Often, this raises complex legal, factual and evidential issues, and of course, can also have very serious professional implications for those involved. I have found that in cases such of these, obtaining disclosure, and in particular Third Party Disclosure, is key to the successful defence of clients. In one such case, the requests for disclosure led to a decision by the Crown to offer no evidence against my client, demonstrating the importance of professional and expert legal representation in cases such as these.

Because I am a practising barrister, I am able to appear in court on behalf of individuals for cases in both Crown Court and before the Magistrates, meaning that I can assist with charges at every level. When instructed by your solicitor,  I can deal with every aspect of your case, ensuring the best possible outcome for you, and hopefully allowing you to get on with your life.

If you are accused of a sexual offence or have been charged with one, you must seek the best legal advice and representation available at the earliest opportunity. This gives you the best possible opportunity to present your side of the story to the Crown and will help to ensure that if your case goes to court, you have the best chances of a favourable outcome.

Specialist Sexual Offences 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 defence, and my track record is second to none. I consistently obtain favourable results for clients accused of a variety of sexual offences, and so I am well placed to support, advise and represent you in respect of your case. You can also read my latest briefing here.

Serving Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Bristol and the rest of the UK. If you wish to discuss sexual offences 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.

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.


"Mr Kelly was an invaluable source of direction and consistency in a very unpleasant case for us. He was able to prepare thoroughly and through third-party disclosure, he unearthed the complainant's blatant fabrications which undermined the prosecution's position conclusively. I would highly recommend his services, especially in sensitive and emotional cases where you need articulate and decisive counsel."

Anonymous - Sexual Abuse case that resulted in not guilty verdicts on all counts, December 2016

"I was recommended and introduced to Mark through our solicitor Stuart Sutton, Special Casework Department at Tucker's Solicitors. Throughout the traumatic two years dealing with the false allegations raised, Mark was a stabilising element. Thorough in his analysis of the situations to be handled, and reassuring in times of my concerns. I was included at all stages of preparation for the defence and involved in making decisions during the trial. Mark ensures that you are at the centre of preparation work and the pre-trial research. Mark says he needs clients to take on “ownership” of the case and to put in “work” on the case. I would recommend his services without reservation."

Mr P. Gloucestershire


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