"He's thorough and his written work is on the ball. He's also brilliant on his feet."

― Chambers and Partners [2024]
Kieran Brand
Call: 2007
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With over 15 years’ experience at the Criminal Bar, Kieran Brand is a busy and sought-after advocate practising on the South-Eastern Circuit who is consistently ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar Guide.

He has considerable experience in cases involving organised crime, including commercial-scale drug importation and supply operations, people-trafficking and money-laundering. His involvement in “Operation Labootin”, defending a leading member of an OCG involved in the supply of 1 tonne of cocaine, has led to an ongoing understanding of those alleged to have been involved in the importation and supply of class A drugs, including those alleged to have been involved in the use of ‘EncroChat’.

In addition to his work with OCGs, he specialises in defending those who face serious allegations of sexual misconduct, handling such cases with the upmost level of sensitivity and an unparalleled knowledge of the law relating to sexual offences.

He also represents those facing the most serious allegations of violence, including allegations arising out of the possession and use of firearms and bladed articles.

Recommendations

"He's thorough and his written work is on the ball. He's also brilliant on his feet."

― Chambers and Partners [2024]

"Kieran is an extremely able and impressive advocate. He has a very charming manner in court that appeals to judges and juries alike. He is very efficient in his advocacy and deals persuasively with any point."

― Legal 500 [2023]

“Kieran is extremely personable and knowledgeable in all areas of criminal law. An exceptional advocate.”

― Legal 500 [2022]

"He has extensive knowledge, good client care skills, and is highly respected on the circuit."

― Legal 500 [2021]

"An able and very talented junior; insightful, knowledgeable and on top of his case."

― Legal 500 [2020]

"Calm, charming, measured and hardworking."

― Legal 500 [2019]

Education

Law LLB (Hons)

Appointments

Grade 3 CPS Panel Advocate (London and South East)

Notable Cases

Sexual Offences
R v QM [2024] – Defending a Muslim Imam alleged to have sexually abused children who attended his Mosque.
R v WT [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have historically sexually abused his daughters and stepdaughter.
R v SG [2024] – Defending a man assessed as being in the 0.2nd percentile for IQ alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted children aged between 4 and 8 years.
R v DK [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have raped his former partner.
R v AH [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have historically sexually assaulted his infant daughter.
R v PW [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have sexually assaulted a 7-year-old child.
R v MM [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have historically assaulted a 4-year-old child he babysat in the early 1990s.
R v A and W [2024] Prosecution of two voyeurs filming friends, family and work colleagues as they changed and used the toilet.
R v AY [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have sexually assaulted his stepdaughters.
R v DR [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have sexually assaulted the 13-year-old daughter of a family friend.
R v DT [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have raped his stepdaughters.
Op Junction [2023] – Prosecuting defendants alleged to have historically raped and sexually assaulted girls aged 13 to 15 in the early 2000s.
R v FG [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have raped his female cousin.
R v CR [2023] – Defending a deaf man with significant learning difficulties alleged to have historically sexually assaulted a 10-year-old child.
R v PW [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped a drunk women after he posed as a taxi-driver and picked her up on the roadside.
R v MP [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have exposed his penis to a child in a playground.
R v HW [2022] – Defending a homosexual man alleged to have sexually assaulted a heterosexual man at a house-party.
R v CR [2022] – Defending a man with a split personality disorder, amongst other mental health issues, alleged to have sexually assaulted the 8-year-old daughter of his former partner.
R v PA [2022] – Defending a man alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
R v RB [2021] – Defending a man alleged to have indecently assaulted children aged between 5 and 8 years in the 1990s.
R v TN [2021] Defending a man alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted two separate complainants.
R v AK & Another [2021] Defending a man alleged to have drugged and raped a woman.
R v SK [2018] – Defending a man alleged to have raped a homeless woman he had invited into his home after finding her sleeping on a park bench.
R v PS [2018] – Defending a man alleged to have historically sexual abused his nieces when they were aged between 5 and 10 years.
R v GM [2018] – Defending a man alleged to have historically sexually abused his stepdaughter.
R v DR [2017] – Defending a man alleged to have sexually abused his daughter when she was aged between 5 and 7 years.
R v MT ([2016] – Defending a man alleged to have raped and sexually abused the 6-, 7- and 11-year-old daughters a family friend.
R v JC & Others [2015] – Led junior defending a man charged with sexually abusing 16 boys in his care at an approved school throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Drug Offences
R v S&N [2024] – Prosecuting two men alleged to have imported 23kg of class A drugs.
R v SI [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have imported 25kg of class A drugs.
R v JC [2023] – Defending a man alleged to have supplied class A drugs.
R v NG [2022] – Defending a man involved in a 50kg class A drug conspiracy involving the use of ‘EncroChat’.
R v CD & Others [2018] – Led junior in ‘Operation Labootin’ defending a man alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to supply 1 tonne of cocaine.
R v JA & Another [2015] – Defending a man alleged to have knowingly importing class A drugs into the UK.

Violent Offences
R v KH [2024] – Defending a man alleged to have attempted to murder a male by stabbing him to the chest using a machete.
R v MB [2024] – Defending a taxi driver alleged to have falsely imprisoned a lady who refused to pay her fare.
R v CH [2024] – Prosecuting a man alleged to have racially abused and threatened a neighbour using an imitation firearm.
R v TH [2023] – Defending a child with significant learning difficulties alleged to have been involved in the attempted murder of two members of a rival gang.
R v SH [2022] – Prosecuting a man alleged to have use his car to mow down a motorcyclist in a road rage incident on the M2 motorway.
R v Harris [2022] – Defending a man alleged to have assaulted another man with a hammer.
R v Jones [2022] – Defending a man alleged to have been involved in the face-slashing of another man.
R v GR & Others [2021] – Prosecuting 4 defendants alleged to have stabbed a teenage girl and subsequently intimidated witnesses present at the scene.
R v CG & Others [2021] – Defending a child with significant learning difficulties alleged to have been part of a group who intentionally inflicted life changing injuries to a German student who was visiting the UK.
R v TM [2020] – Prosecuting a man alleged to have stabbed a man and then perverted the course of justice by purporting to act as a witness to the stabbing.
R v CD & Others [2019] – Led junior defending a man alleged to have conspired with others to kidnap a man and cause him GBH with intent.

People Trafficking
R v RJ [2022] – Prosecuting a man alleged to have smuggled an illegal entrant into the UK in his car.
R v GB – [2021] – Prosecuting a man alleged to have smuggled 3 illegal entrants into the UK in his car.
R v BI & Another [2019] – Defending a foreign coach driver alleged to have smuggled illegal entrants into the UK inside a purpose-built hide constructed within the luggage compartment of his coach.
R v GS [2018] – Defending a woman alleged to have used a human rights charity to travel to France and smuggle her son into the UK.
R v CD (2018) – Prosecuting a man alleged to have trafficked 7 illegal entrants into the United Kingdom in the back of his van.

Other
R v AF [2023] – Prosecution of a former accountant alleged to have siphoned thousands of pounds from the bank account of her 91 year old grandmother into her own bank accounts and then used the money to fund her own lifestyle.
R v TD & Others [2021] – Defending one of a group of people alleged to have conspired to transfer criminal property totalling c.£12 million into the UK from Turkey using international lorry drivers.
R v DW & Others [2020] – Led junior defending the director of a renewable energy company alleged to have fraudulently sold solar panels and related energy products to elderly and vulnerable consumers across the UK.
R v MP [2020] – Defending a foreign lorry driver alleged to have caused the death of a motorcyclist by driving dangerously.
R v VC & Another [2019] – Defending a man alleged to have conspired to cause explosions after he and others had used IEDs to blow up ATMs and steal their contents.
R v SS & Others [2019] – Defending 1 of over 20 prisoners involved in a mutiny at HMP Swaleside.
R v MC & Others [2018] – Led junior defending one of a number of men alleged to have committed ‘misconduct in public office’ arising out of an undercover Panorama programme, which allegedly exposed the mistreatment of detainees by staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre.

Latest news

17th December 2015

Leeds Sex Abuse Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand secure acquittals on majority of charges

After 2 weeks in retirement, the jury in the trial of James Carragher returned their verdicts at around lunchtime yesterday. Mr Carragher faced 62...

26th November 2015

Jury Set to Retire in Leeds Sex Abuse Case

The trial of James Carragher, charged with numerous serious sexual offences dating back to his leadership of the St Williams Boys’ Home near Market...

12th October 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand begin Operation Reno defence

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand have begun their defence of James Carragher, the catholic De La Salle Brother charged with sexually abusing 15...

8th July 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand instructed in major sex abuse trial

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand have been instructed to represent James Carragher, a 74 year old man charged with offences of historic sexual...

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