About Mark Kelly QC, Defence Barrister

I am a highly successful DEFENCE BARRISTER. I ONLY DEFEND. In the DEFENCE cases I undertake my objective is to maximise opportunities for successful outcomes. I have a history of achieving successful outcomes as evidenced by my recent cases and testimonials. I am also a Member of No5 Chambers, one of the largest sets of Chambers in the UK with offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester. I also serve clients in Yorkshire, Manchester and across the UK.

With more than 30 years of experience of DEFENDING in criminal and regulatory cases, I have extensive experience in both domestic and international work. 

I often DEFEND professionals for whom conviction NOT ONLY carries with it the prospect of imprisonment but it would also destroy a lifetime of GOOD CHARACTER as well as obliterate A HARD EARNED REPUTATION at WORK and UNDERMINE relationships with FRIENDS and FAMILY.

I therefore completely understand that the impact of conviction extends far beyond the accused person to family members; colleagues and friends and associates.

An impending criminal trial causes huge stress and MAY lead to irremediable reputational damage.

My past clients include, serving police officers; journalists; professors; diplomats; teachers; doctors; foster carers; nurses (and other medical practitioners); bankers and accountants.

Over many years of DEFENCE PRACTICE, I have developed a STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL APPROACH that is integral to achieving SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES.

I EMBRACE the fact that a substantial proportion of my clients are HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL in their own field and so they are PROACTIVE, DETERMINED, and DEMANDING.

I am a collaborative lawyer. We work as a team. My clients are the heart-beat of the case. I work tirelessly to ensure I fully understand the issues in the case before devising a strategy for trial, in conjunction with my professional and lay client. I ensure that I am completely transparent in my approach to developing and implementing a strategy for trial and that my lay client is ON BOARD with all the material decisions made in trial preparation.

From the outset I make it clear that the lay client is the most important person in the room. It is the client’s case. I am there to advise; devise strategy and then implement that strategy through to the presentation of the case at trial.

If there are contentious strategic or tactical issues that arise these are tackled head on and a reasoned, rationale approach is adopted to resolve those issues.

I have the dedication and aptitude and acumen to deliver upon our agreed strategy at trial.

We control the PROCESS, not the outcome but the HARDER and SMARTER we work towards our GOAL the greater our chances of achieving SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES together.

My mantra is to ‘MAXIMISE OPPORTUNITY’ for the clients whom I represent.

So please, check out my testimonials. Have a look at my recent cases. The proof is in the pudding.

Get in touch today for an informal chat - call me on 0800 054 1170 or fill out my contact form here.

I pride myself in making time available for YOU.

Mark Kelly 2021

My Education and Past Experience

I studied Law at the University of Bristol; After qualifying as a BARRISTER, I worked as a stagiaire in DGIV (Competition Law) in the European Commission in Brussels giving me excellent insight into both regulatory offences and fraud. Thereafter 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 have been a Barrister in private practice since 1985. I am a member of the largest set of Chambers in the UK, No. 5 Chambers.

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, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, 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.

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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 KC and Professor Penny Cooper were guest speakers.

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

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