Kelcey and Hall is a Lexcel accredited Bristol-based firm offering a comprehensive, proactive and client-focused service in the areas of criminal defence, family and relationship law, and public law.
The firm: Over the past 30 years, a combination of professional skill and expertise, tenacity, and the support of a loyal client base have seen Kelcey & Hall grow in both reputation and size. It has weathered successive changes in legislation and public policy, together with the challenges that threaten areas of work that are publicly funded through legal aid.
It remains committed to the firm’s core values, endeavouring to support equality and access to justice for all. Kelcey & Hall aims to exceed clients’ expectations, ensuring that quality legal advice is delivered with a high-level of service in a timely, confidential and professional manner.
The Lexcel accredited firm operates using transparent, flexible key structures, which can be based on long-term retainers, hourly rates, or agreed on fixed prices.
Kelcey & Hall received the ‘Legal Aid Firm of the Year’ award from the Bristol Law Society in November and 2014, and in October 2012 Gillian Hall was awarded the Bristol Law Society’s ‘Solicitor Advocate Award’ and Ian Kelcey was awarded their ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’. Amanda Thornton also won ‘Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year’.
Types of work undertaken: Criminal defence and regulatory team: led by Ian Kelcey, past chairman of the National Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, the Kelcey & Hall crime team boasts a dedicated team of specialists in all areas of criminal law. Offering representation and assistance at the police station, and conducting matters through the Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and if necessary, the Court of Appeal, the firm is committed to protecting its clients’ best interests while delivering quality and expert advice and representation. It undertakes work in all areas of crime from speeding offences through to serious offences, and regularly represents in high-profile murder, violent and sexual crimes, as well as complex drug and fraud conspiracies. As recognised leaders in defending allegations of fraud, the firm has a specialist team dedicated to serious fraud and regulatory prosecutions, as well as motoring offence prosecutions and youth court matters. Many of the firm’s solicitors are specially trained in advocacy and are eligible to provide advocacy representation in all of the Criminal Courts. Kelcey & Hall maintains strong links with Chambers across the country and will retain a junior or Silk where necessary.
Family and relationships: the Kelcey & Hall family team is led by Gillian Hall, a talented and eloquent lawyer renowned for her expertise in family law. Mindful of the fact that the impact of a divorce or separation is usually traumatic for all concerned, the lawyers at Kelcey & Hall seek to apply some clarity of thought and reasoned decision making at a time when clients are experiencing a range of mixed and complex emotions. The Kelcey and Hall family team are skilled at supporting clients throughout this difficult time, offering sensible, effective and sensitive advice, aimed at achieving the most favourable outcome whilst at the same time promoting emotional resilience. The firm is equipped to deal with all proceedings involved in family breakdown, including financial settlements, children and possibly domestic abuse. No matter what the issues, the structure of the team and the range of talent allows for an integrated and solution orientated approach as advice is also available on inter-related matters such as conveyancing for transfer of property, and will writing.
The firm also has an office in London where it will see clients by appointment only.
Breakdown of work %Crime and regulatory 65
Family and childcare law 35
Number of UK partners 2
Number of other UK fee-earners 9
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