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.


Rv R

Represented the first defendant in the largest fraud tried in some years. An allegation of £400 million loss in respect of a conspiracy to defraud the revenue.

Re: PC

Advised a US PLC in respect of allegations of corruption between Ireland and the USA.

Re: C

Advised African Government officials re matters of corruption.

R v Mc Nally 

Brendan represents  Mr Mc Nally on a matter of alleged corruption. Mr Mc Nally is alleged to have been involved in a corrupt relationship with Oil Company Executives in respect of issues relating to procurement


Brendan advised the FCA in respect of NI legislation concerning regulatory matters within the Irish Banking Sector.


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