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“Ian Kelcey leads the Criminal team, and is praised by the London Bar as ‘an extremely experienced Solicitor, absolutely top-rate’. His peers refer to him as a ‘luminary’.”

“Kelcey and Hall is known for representing clients in the most serious crimes, including high-profile murders. Sources consider this to be ‘a committed, collegiate team – very impressive’.”

“Our initial consultation with Ian was so different from the meetings we had with either of (our) previous solicitors – not only did you infuse us with confidence that J would be handled as an individual and his situation and emotional state would be taken into account, but … you indicated he was understood and inspired a great deal of trust.”

“John Stokes is known for his expertise in cases involving sexual offences. His pragmatic and sensitive approach is appreciated by clients.”

“I was blown away by your reprisentation (sic) and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for trying and fighting for me,….”

Leading Crime and Fraud Solicitors

Kelcey & Hall’s renowned crime and fraud division led by senior Partner Ian Kelcey, provides a dedicated team of specialists covering all areas of criminal law. Ian is a past Chairman of the National Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, and has over 30 years of experience handling detailed and complex cases.

Highly recommended

From offering representation and assistance at the police station, to handling your case through the Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and, if necessary, the Court of Appeal, we are committed to protecting our clients’ best interests whilst delivering quality and expert legal advice and representation. We are proud to be recommended by both past clients and other professionals and to have built a legal reputation in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

Legal teamwork

As established leaders in our field, we attribute our success to our multifaceted approach in preparing your case. Because we recognise that two heads are better than one, we work as a team. In addition we utilise experts, witnesses, barristers and solicitor advocates, we combine a ruthless yet meticulous attention to detail with a thorough knowledge of the law. Your defence will be presented in a vigorous yet skilled manner and all representations are submitted persuasively.  We believe in involving and listening to our clients in the preparation of their defence.

Wide range of cases

We undertake work in all areas of crime from speeding offences through to serious criminal charges. We regularly represent defendants in high profile murder, violent and sexual crimes as well as complex drug and fraud conspiracies. As recognised leaders in defending allegations of fraud, we have specialist teams dedicated to serious fraud and regulatory prosecutions as well as motoring offence prosecutions and youth court matters.

Many of our solicitors are specially trained in advocacy and are eligible to provide advocacy representation in all of the Criminal Courts. In addition, Ian Kelcey is an approved Trainer of Advocates relating to the cross examination and questioning of vulnerable witnesses.  We expect to have a thorough and first hand understanding of the merits of your case whilst also providing the reassurance and continuity. Where required we will also instruct junior or leading King’s Counsel at the top of their profession. Over the last 30 years, we have built up an impressive network of connections with specialist criminal barristers’ chambers across the country.

We have developed a nationwide reputation for representing privately paying clients in all fields of work ranging from mainstream criminal offences to Environment Agency prosecutions and charges of sanction breaking. Please ask about our fixed price plans for those not eligible for Legal Aid.

Serious crime

We have defended in some of the most notorious criminal cases of the past decade. We represented Danilo Restivo (R v Restivo) at Winchester Crown Court who was tried for the murder of Heather Barnett.   We also represented the only client to be acquitted in the Becky Watts murder trial at Bristol Crown Court. We represented Vincent Tabak (R v Vincent Tabak) who was tried for the murder of Joanna Yeates at Bristol Crown Court.


Over the past 30 years our specialist fraud team, led by Ian Kelcey, has defended in some of the highest profile fraud cases in Bristol, the West Country and as far afield as Leeds and Birmingham. We achieved the acquittal of a client in Winchester Crown Court in what was then the longest running fraud trial in England,(R v Pound & Others), as well as the only acquittal in Birmingham Crown Court of a defendant in a large scale VAT fraud.

Sexual crime

Due to the increased willingness to prosecute defendants in sexual cases, we have seen a vast increase in both current and historic prosecutions for all types of sexual offences. We have gained a reputation for proactive advice and fearless legal representation and as result have achieved a high proportion of acquittals.

Drug related crime

We have dealt with a high proportion of drug charges ranging from international, large-scale importation of drugs to conspiracies within the UK and also industrial-level growing of cannabis, often achieving success for our clients.

Youth crime

We have a dedicated team of lawyers, overseen by Billy Olaniyi, experienced in representing clients in the Youth Court. We aim to deal with matters in a sensitive and yet robust way where the need arises.

If you need to talk to a Solicitor please contact us for more information on 0117 927 9604 or Email us on
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Best Criminal Law Firm South West 2016

Ranked in Band 1 for Crime in South West England