Brendan Kelly QC

Brendan Kelly QC

"He really gets under the skin of a case and commands the complete confidence of his audience."

Legal 500 2017
Year of call: 1988 QC: 2008
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Throughout his career, both as a junior and in Silk, Brendan has always been cited by the industry directories as a leading barrister for fraud matters. Since his call to the Bar, complex financial crime has always formed a substantial part of his practice, and he is well experienced in matters involving MTIC and VAT issues, Ponzi schemes, land banking, carbon credit, FOREX / currency exchange, advance fee, boiler room and mortgage frauds.

He also regularly advises on cases involving money laundering, and ancillary proceedings including asset forfeiture, restraint and confiscation. In particular, he is regularly instructed by individuals and corporates on a private basis for confiscation proceedings in a bid to secure as favourable an order as possible.

Brendan is also an acknowledged specialist in the law of bribery and corruption. He advised a director, pre-charge, in the Innospec case, and regularly advises UK and international clients on how the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010 may impact upon their business operations. He also lectures and trains extensively in this area, and recently shared a platform with the US Attorney General for a lecture on the Bribery Act for US lawyers in Washington DC.

Forthcoming white-collar crime matters include representing the first defendant in the largest carbon credit fraud to come before the Crown Court, as well as appearing in the Crown Exchange currency fraud trial, and three further major fraud trials at Southwark Crown Court over 2014/2015. He will also appear in one of the series of cases involving fake bomb detection equipment sold to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence.


R v Lord Rodley & Others

Case concerns the attempt by an organized group to defraud a central London Bank of £300 million.

R v Ketheesvaran & Others

R v Kieran Fallon, Darren Williams & Others – Darren Williams was said to be party to a conspiracy to defraud by “fixing” horse races. He was one of three jockeys charged with the offence. The learned judge ruled that there was no case to answer at the close for the prosecution case.

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