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Brendan Kelly QC

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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)


Brendan Kelly QC is a highly sought after, and well respected Silk whose practice focuses on the provision of advice and advocacy in cases of fraud, serious crime, and regulatory law. Brendan regularly appears abroad as well as in the UK, advising and representing corporate clients, their individual directors and officers in all aspects of business crime. He is also involved in Regulatory work, and is often sought out by professionals for cases arising in the workplace. His high level of skill, paired with his speed to grasp the issue, enable Brendan’s clients to feel at ease and warm to him immediately, as well as making him a hit with both the judge and jury. Recent instructions include representing one of three defendants charged with murder; the attempt by an organized group to defraud a central London Bank of £300 million; representing jockey Darren Williams charged with conspiracy to defraud by “fixing” horse races; a Solicitor accused of Perverting the Court of Justice; the longest ever UVF supergrass terrorist trial to be heard in Northern Ireland; the murder of three and the attempted murder of two others by machine gun. He is currently instructed to represent the first defendant in one of the largest tax fraud allegations brought before the courts.


Called 1988; Grays Inn; South Eastern Circuit; Recorder 2003; Queen’s Counsel 2008.



London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtHe really gets under the skin of a case, and knows when to sit tight and when to go on the attack.

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Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtAn extremely charismatic and powerful advocate with great courtroom presence.

Within: Crime (general crime)

2 Hare Court, which has a track record of handling heavyweight prosecution and private defence work, is ‘a set with an excellent reputation in criminal law with some of the best barristers at the Bar’. Jonathan Rees QC prosecuted Darren Osbourne, who was convicted of murdering one and injuring eleven by driving a van at a group of worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque. Brendan Kelly QC is also qualified in Northern Ireland, where he successfully defended USA Perpignan fly-half Paddy Jackson (then playing for Ulster and Ireland), who was acquitted of rape in a case that attracted significant media attention.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtHe commands the complete confidence of his audience, and clients love him.

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