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

― Legal 500 [2022]
Kieran Brand
Call: 2007
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Kieran Brand both prosecutes and defends in the most serious of criminal cases.

He specialises in defending those who face sexual allegations including rape, historic sexual abuse and other sexual offences committed against vulnerable complainants and children. He has considerable experience in cases involving organised crime including commercial-scale drug importation and supply operations, people trafficking and money laundering. He also regularly acts in cases involving violence.

Kieran also acts in related criminal proceedings including applications for and variations of Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Domestic Violence Prevention Orders, Dog Destruction Orders and confiscation and forfeiture hearings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Kieran has also represented clients facing disciplinary proceedings brought by professional bodies such as the General Dental Council and Security Industry Authority. He also has experience of both defending and prosecuting in proceedings involving regulatory and quasi-criminal offences brought on behalf of local authorities.


"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]


Law LLB (Hons)


Grade 3 CPS Panel Advocate (London and South East)

Notable Cases

  • R v CR (2022) Representing a defendant with a split personality disorder, amongst other mental health issues, acquitted of sexually assaulting the 8 year old daughter of his former partner.
  • R v PA (2022) Represented a man acquitted of the rape and other serious sexual offending against his 14 year old step-daughter.
  • R v RB (2021) Defending a man charged with historic indecent assaults of complainants aged between 5 and 8 in the 1990s.
  • R v GR & Others (2021) Prosecuting four defendants charged with the stabbing of a teenage girl and the subsequent intimidation of witnesses present at the scene.
  • R v TN (2021) Defending a man acquitted of allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct made by two separate complainants.
  • R v CG & Others (2021) Defending a child with significant learning difficulties alleged to have been be part of a group who intentionally inflicted life changing injuries to a German student who was visiting the UK.
  • R v AK & Another (2021) Defending one of two men acquitted of rape.
  • R v TD & Others (2021) Defending one of a group of people charged with a conspiracy to transfer criminal property totalling c.£12 million using international lorry drivers.
  • R v DW & Others (2020) Led junior representing the director of a renewable energy company acquitted of the fraudulent sale of solar panels and related energy products to elderly and vulnerable consumers across the country.
  • R v MP (2020) Defending a foreign lorry driver charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist by driving dangerously.
  • R v TM (2020) Prosecuting a man convicted of wounding with intent and perverting the course of justice after he stabbed a man and then provided a false account to the police as to the identity of the assailants.
  • R v BI & Another (2019) Defending a foreign coach driver acquitted of smuggling illegal entrants into the UK inside a purpose-built hide constructed within the luggage compartment of his coach.
  • R v VC & Another (2019) Defending a man charged with conspiring to cause explosions after he and others had used IEDs to blow up ATMs and steal their contents.
  • R v HA (2019) Defending a man charged with sexual assault and rape.
  • R v CD & Others (2019) Led junior defending a man charged with conspiracy to kidnap and cause GBH with intent.
  • R v SS & Others (2019) Defending 1 of over 20 prisoners involved in a mutiny at HMP Swaleside.
  • R v CD & Others (2018) Led junior defending a man charged with conspiracy to supply over a million pounds worth of class A drugs.
  • R v CD (2018) Prosecuting a man charged with trafficking 7 illegal entrants into the United Kingdom in the back of the van.
  • R v SK (2018) Defending a man acquitted of raping a homeless woman he had invited into his home after finding her sleeping rough.
  • R v PS (2018) Defending a man charged with the historic sexual abuse of his nieces in the 1990s when they were aged between 5 and 10 years.
  • R v GM (2018) Defending a man charged with the historic sexual abuse, including attempted rape, of his step-daughter.
  • R v MC & Others (2018) Led junior defending one of a number of men accused of misconduct in a public office arising out of an undercover Panorama programme, which allegedly exposed the mistreatment of detainees by staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre.
  • R v DR (2017) Defending a man charged with sexually abusing his daughter when she was aged between 5 and 7 years. She was aged 8 when she gave evidence at trial.
  • R v MT (2016) Defending a man charged with 12 sexual offences, including rape of a child under 13, committed against the daughters and half-sister of a family friend. The victims were aged 6, 7 and 11 respectively.
  • 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.
  • R v JA & Another (2015) Defending a man acquitted of knowingly importing class A drugs into the UK.
  • R v P (2015) Defending a man charged with rape.
  • R v D (2015) Defending a man acquitted of affray and wounding with intent arising out of a street fight between two gangs of foreign nationals in Folkestone.
  • R v CG (2014) Defending a man charged with the indecent assault and rape of his younger half-sister in the late 1990s when they were both children.
  • R v M & Another (2014) Defending one of two men charged with armed robbery arising out of a turf war between two rival drug suppliers.
  • R v C & Others (2013) Defending one of a group of men charged with conspiracy to steal who had been masquerading as police officers and stealing money from foreign nationals.
  • R v S (2013) Defending a man acquitted of unlawfully wounding his partner with a meat cleaver.

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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