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Being charged of a sexual offence can be a daunting experience for anyone, which is why expert representation is crucial, to give you the best possible outcome. In sexual offence cases, often there is only the complainant’s allegation against the defendant. Preparing a robust defence statements is essential, as well as expert advice from the early stages. Many who know they are innocent make the mistake of not instructing the best advice available to them. This can be highly risky, because although you may assume your innocence will show through in the proceedings, this is unfortunately not always the case. Expert representation and counsel will give you the best possible outcome.

Sexual Offences Defence Experts

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. Mark Kelly regularly works alongside specialist sexual offence solicitor, Stuart Sutton.  Stuart has extensive experience in the sexual offences field, and his representation is second to none. Stuart has been in practice since 1987 and has throughout most of that time been involved in defending clients accused of sexual offences, be they against individuals or internet crimes.  With a nationwide client base, Stuart has acted for clients who have been charged with sexual assaults, rape, offences against children, making pornographic images and related crimes. Stuart has an outstanding record of defending clients charged with sexual offences, with more than 90% of the clients he has defended since November 2000, having been found not guilty.  The quality of the documents he has produced for the court have been commented upon by Judges and Prosecutors alike. 

Where expert counsel is required, Mark Kelly’s long-standing experience in the field and outstanding success record is hard to beat. Mark is a leading sexual offences barrister with a strong reputation across England and Wales. As part of one of the largest and most successful chambers in the country Mark has been recognised for his expertise in defence. His dedication and tenacity in every case he represents, his attention to detail and significant experience in the sexual offences specialty can assure his clients they are in excellent hands. 

Defending Sexual Offence Charges

Central to serious sexual offence investigations, proving or disproving consent is key to many of the defences raised in these cases. In cases of historic sexual abuse, usually the case for prosecution can be challenged on the basis of evidence being unreliable or based on faded memories. As an individual has a right to a fair trial, we will robustly challenge such evidence on your behalf – which can sometimes lead to an entire case collapsing. We are well-versed in meticulous defence preparation; dissecting and challenging every detail to ensure that we secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

We regularly represent professionals, including persons holding a position of trust (such as foster carers) and regularly undertake serious cases involving complex legal and factual issues in which there are often several complainants.

Both Mark and Stuart are always willing to travel to meet with clients and plan the best course of action for their case, and often work out of hours and at weekends to accommodate client’s needs.

Testimonials

"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

"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

“Stuart and I elected to appoint Mark Kelly (Barrister) to act as my advocate when I was charged with three counts of historical sexual abuse. Between them, they worked tirelessly to build an extremely robust defence case. They were only able to do this by gaining a thorough understanding of me, my answer in relation to the charges and my personal circumstances. More than that, from our very first meeting, they were preparing me for the trial when I would give my evidence and face cross-examination. It was only after the trial that I realised why they had been so thorough, almost pedantic, in the preparation of my defence statement. It was this defence statement, and the subtle way that they ensured I had an intimate understanding of not just the content but the underlying nuances that resulted in me being able to deliver my evidence in such a confident manner.”

“Between them, Stuart and Mark make a formidable team. I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in recommending their services to anyone who ever finds themselves in such a position as I did. Whatever the result was to be, I do not believe they, or anyone else, could have done any more. I am, and always will remain, incredibly grateful and indebted to this remarkable pair of professionals.”

Anonymous, historical sexual abuse case

“Thank you, Stuart and the whole Special Casework Department for getting us through one of the toughest experiences of our life. Your positive attitude and support have kept us going. You and Mark Kelly make a great, hard-working and professional team, and produced the successful outcome we were hoping for!”

Anonymous, sexual offences case

Contact our Sexual Offences Lawyers, Manchester & London

Progressive, innovative and proactive and a reputation and track record that’s second to none, you can be sure you are in safe hands. 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 on 020 8108 7186 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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