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Legal 500 
Grade 3 CPS Panel Advocate (London and South East)
Law LLB (Hons)
Kieran Brand has established himself as a busy practitioner on the South Eastern Circuit. His practice encompasses a wide range of criminal offences. He regularly defends in cases involving serious sexual misconduct including rape, historic sexual abuse and other sexual offences committed against vulnerable complainants and children. He is also instructed to both defend and prosecute in cases involving serious violence including GBH/wounding with intent, armed robbery and kidnap as well as cases involving people trafficking, large scale drug supply, complex fraud and other dishonesty. He also specialises in defending clients charged with road traffic offences.
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.
Recent Cases of Note
R v SS & Others (2019) Maidstone Crown Court – Instructed to represent one of over 20 Defendants involved in an alleged prison mutiny at HMP Swaleside.
R v CD & Others (2018) Kingston Crown Court – Led junior defending a man charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
R v CD (2018) Canterbury Crown Court – Prosecuting a man charged with smuggling 7 illegal entrants into the United Kingdom in the back of the van.
R v SK (2018) Canterbury Crown Court – Defending a man acquitted of raping a homeless woman he had invited into his home after finding her sleeping rough in the early hours of the morning.
R v PS (2018) Maidstone Crown Court – 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) Canterbury Crown Court – Defending a man charged with the historic sexual abuse, including attempted rape, of his step-daughter.
R v MC and Others (2018) Maidstone Crown Court – 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) Canterbury Crown Court – 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 TM (2017) Canterbury Crown Court – Prosecuting a man charged with 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 MT (2016) Canterbury Crown Court – 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) Leeds Crown Court – 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) Canterbury Crown Court – Defending a man acquitted of knowingly importing class A drugs into the UK.
R v P (2015) Canterbury Crown Court – Defending a man charged with rape.
R v D (2015) Canterbury Crown Court – 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) Canterbury Crown Court – 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) Maidstone Crown Court – Defending one of two men charged with armed robbery arising out of a turf war between two rival drug suppliers.
R v R (2013) Maidstone Crown Court – Prosecuting a man charged with conspiracy to commit over 20 burglaries across North Kent.
R v C & Others (2013) Canterbury Crown Court – 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) Woolwich Crown Court – Defending a man acquitted of unlawfully wounding his partner with a meat cleaver.
R v M (2013) Maidstone Crown Court – Defending a man acquitted of inflicting grievous bodily harm following a fight in a pub
R v T and others (2013) Maidstone Crown Court – Defending a woman acquitted of the kidnap and assault of a male suspected of burgling her home.
R v I & others (2012) Canterbury Crown Court – Defending one of a group of men charged with conspiracy to commit a large number of domestic burglaries and theft of over £250,000 of property.
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 counts of serious sexual abuse (including 12 counts of buggery/attempted buggery) relating to 16 complainants dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when ...read more
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 Weighton in the 1970s and 1980s, is nearing its conclusion. Mr Carragher is represented by Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand, instructed by Christian ...read more
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 young boys in his care at the St Williams Children’s Home near Market Weighton in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s. The trial at Leeds Crown Court is ...read more