If you are a university professor facing proceedings following a complaint brought against you, I can help. I have broad experience advising and representing professors in complaints procedures and hearings held by universities, regulatory bodies, and in criminal proceedings. I understand that it is essential to act quickly and that your reputation and career are at risk.  

If you are facing a complaint, investigation or hearing from your university, or a criminal trial, there is no time to delay. Get in touch with me today by calling 0800 054 1170 or complete the online enquiry form and I will get back to you right away. 

What happens if a student or colleague makes a complaint? 

The procedure that will follow if a student or colleague makes a complaint about your professional conduct will depend on the nature and severity of the complaint. In the first instance, a complaint may be made to the university. Each university will have its own set of procedural rules for handling complaints, but I can help you navigate what comes next.

When there is a criminal element to the complaint, it is essential to seek advice from an experienced lawyer right away. A student, colleague or the university may make a complaint to the police, which could result in your arrest.  I can advise you at any stage and can provide expert representation at procedural hearings, or in a criminal trial.


As soon as you suspect that a student or colleague may make a complaint against you, you should seek legal advice. The earlier you get in contact with me, the more opportunity we have to secure a successful outcome. It also enables us to create a strategy for containing the reputational damage that may be caused by such a complaint.  Even if your complaint is resolved, or you are cleared of criminal charges, the reputational damage can have a significant impact on your career. I can help.


I can advise you at every stage, even in the early stages where you only suspect that a complaint may be made against you by a student or colleague. I will support you and advise you on how best to proceed. I work in partnership with my clients and provide clear, practical advice they can understand. 


University hearings are serious, and the outcome can make or break your career. As a professor, you have spent years building your professional reputation, which can be destroyed in an instant. I can provide representation at university hearings to ensure that your case is presented in the best possible way. 

I also have extensive experience in criminal representation, and where there is a criminal element to the complaint made against you, I can provide the highest quality representation. 

Contact Mark Kelly KC, Defence Barrister for Professors 

If you are a professor that has been accused of misconduct, get in contact with me right away. I have exceptional experience in providing strategic defence and representation at professional tribunals and can help you protect your position and your reputation. There is no time to delay, call me now on 0800 054 1170 or complete the online enquiry form and I will get back to you right away. 

Contact me now

Need down-to-earth, straight-forward free initial advice? Talk direct to me today.

Invalid Name
Invalid Email
Invalid Telephone
Invalid Message

Why Choose KC Crime Lawyer?

  • Highly Successful Defence Barrister
  • Defend Your Hard Earned Reputation
  • Protect Your Good Character, Your Family and Your Profession
  • Strategic, Tactical & Collaborative Approach
  • Successful Outcomes
  • Robust Defence
  • Professional Representation
  • Maximise Opportunity
"A good, analytical lawyer. He worked incredibly hard and devised legal submissions which won the case."

Chambers & Partners - Rated as Band 2

250+ Calls
1000+ Minutes of Free Consultations
We have provided 250+ Calls and 1000+ minutes of Free Consultations through our website last year, with people talking direct to King’s Counsel, helping to defend and protect their reputation.