Barrister | Called 2017
Qualifying originally as a solicitor in 2004 and working for some of the leading Legal 500 criminal firms, Kellie qualified as a solicitor Advocate in 2012 before deciding to transfer to the Independent Criminal Bar in 2017. Kellie therefore has a wealth of experience and a breadth of knowledge of the criminal justice system. She has been described by her peers and members of the Judiciary as “fearless”, “tenacious” and an “eloquent advocate”, “with an eye for the details”.
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Legal Practice Course, College of Law (London)
- Admitted to the Roll of Solicitor’s (2004)
- Higher Court Advocate (2012)
Kellie is regularly instructed in serious cases of violence, firearms, drugs, kidnapping, blackmail, as well as sexual offences, fraud/dishonesty, public justice (perjury/pervert the course of justice).
Kellie is experienced in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses, jury handling, identifying inadequacies in the prosecution case and challenging non-disclosure. She is a Barrister who takes great pride in “her attention to the detail” and leaving “no stone unturned” in the preparation and presentation of her cases.
In addition to her Crown Court practice, Kellie also appears in Court Martial proceedings. She has represented serving military personnel and ex-serving military personnel accused of both criminal conduct offences and non-criminal conduct offences. Some of those cases, attracted national media attention.
Whilst the majority of Kellie’s practice lies in defending, she also prosecutes.
- R v & Others – Oxford Crown Court. Multi-handed rape/false imprisonment/assault/attempting to pervert. Joint enterprise was a central issue to the case. D was 15 years old. D was the only person acquitted of all charges they faced.
- R v R& Others – Reading Crown Court: Murder/gross negligence manslaughter/fraud/perverting the course of justice. Junior Counsel led by Mr Stephen Moses QC. Represented D1 in this multi-handed case. (Case reported in national press).
- R v A – Oxford Crown Court: Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. D did not give evidence. Acquitted.
- R v M – Oxford Crown Court: multi-handed kidnapping, assault and possession of an offensive weapon. Acquitted of assault and possession of an offensive weapon. Convicted of kidnapping. Significant mitigation advanced: 3year community order imposed, as opposed to custody.
- R v *– Oxford Crown Court: 17 year old charged with s.18 GBH & Attempted Robbery. Victim attacked by a gang, suffered multiple stab wounds, Identification and presence of D not accepted. Crown offered no evidence after applications were submitted concerning disclosure.
- R v S – Guildford Crown Court: s18 GBH, domestic incident (wife stabbed husband). Single extensive wound to hamstring. G plea to ABH offered and accepted. Sentence: 12month conditional discharge.
- R v G – Hove Crown Court: Multi handed conspiracy to commit s.18 GBH. A successful application to dismiss was granted.
- R v A – Oxford Crown Court: PWITS (Class A x 5), s.45 modern slavery defence advanced. NRM supported concerns. Applications made re: disclosure. Crown did not await conclusive grounds report and offered no evidence.
- R v M – Oxford Crown Court: PWITS (Class A); forensic hit (DNA) on drugs packaging, D had links to property where drugs found. Previous conviction for PWITS disclosed to jury. Found not guilty.
- R v O – Oxford Crown Court; PWITS (Class A); £4,000 worth of drugs found in kitchen cupboard; D accepted possession denied to supply. Found not guilty of supply.
- R v R – Reading Crown Court; Witness intimidation; Judge initially imposed an immediate custodial sentence. After reflecting on submissions made, the Judge ‘rectified’ the sentence and imposed a suspended sentence.
- R v D – Oxford Crown Court: Breaches of SHPO. Defence statement served. Applications followed concerning disclosure. Crown offered no evidence.
- R v G – Oxford Crown Court: sexual assaults and possession of indecent images. 17 years old at the time of the offence. 19 years old when charged. G pleas entered. Mitigation advanced: 3year community order.
- R v J – Reading Crown Court; Possession of indecent images (23,834 plus); various categories; G pleas: Sentenced to 2 years and 3 months imprisonment.
SPA v D – Bulford CMC: Blackmail x 2. G plea. Significant mitigation advanced. Non-custodial sentence avoided. Dismissal and community order imposed (case reported in national press).
SPA v D – Bulford CMC: Sexual assault x 2. Acquitted
SPA v H – Bulford CMC: Assault x 6 at AFC Harrogate by an instructor. Acquitted x 4, convicted x 2. Significant mitigation advanced. Dismissal and detention avoided. Reduction in rank and fine imposed for each (case reported in press)
SPA v W – Bulford CMC: Fraud offences. Serving SSgt. Acquitted.
SPA v O – Bulford CMC: Affray (involving a knife at a block party). Serving Private. Acquitted.
SPA v W – Bulford CMC: Sexual assault x 4. Serving RAF medic acquitted x 2 and convicted x 2. Sentenced to a fine. (Case reported in national press).
SPA v A – Bulford CMC: Multi-handed case. Represented and ex-serviceman prosecuted in the first of three trials alleging misconduct towards junior soldiers at AFC Harrogate. One of the most expensive investigations carried out by SIB/RMP. A successful abuse argument resulted in a stay of the proceedings. As a consequence of those legal submissions, the follow-on trials collapsed. (Case reported in national press).
- Crown Prosecution Service, Grade 3 Prosecutor
- The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Women in Criminal Law