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Tim Kiely

Tim Kiely

Call: 2014

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Tim manages a busy criminal practice across a wide range of matters in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. He has experience of prosecuting and defending on a variety of criminal matters, including serious and violent assaults, possession and supply of drugs, road traffic offences, frauds, burglaries and cases involving domestic violence. These matters frequently involve dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses.

He has undertaken drafting work for the Government Legal Department on Immigration matters and he is currently part of the Metropolitan Police counsel team on the Undercover Policing Inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting. He has also handled confiscation matters following conviction in Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA)-related proceedings.

Prior to joining chambers, Tim worked both as a county court advocate in a variety of civil matters on the Midlands circuit, and as a paralegal at Corker Binning and Fulcrum chambers in London. From January to April 2015 he was an intern at the Capital Appeals Project, a legal non-profit based in New Orleans where he assisted with the most complex and contentious criminal appeals, as well as campaigning more generally for the abolition of the death penalty in Louisiana.

Tim has completed the ICCA ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ training course and is security vetted to ‘SC level’.

  • Undercover Policing Inquiry (2018) – part of the counsel team on the largest ever public inquiry into undercover policing.


General Crime

Cases include:

  • R-v-C (2021) – Defending a client charged with controlling and coercive behaviour, threats to kill and ABH. Acquitted or hung jury on 4 of 5 counts.
  • R-v-C (2020) – Defending a client charged with threats to kill and two counts of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear, in a trial taking place under the coronavirus regulations. Acquitted on 2 of 3 counts.
  • R-v-B (2020) – Defending a client charged with aggravated burglary, threats to kill and ss. 18 and 20 GBH. Acquitted on 3 of 4 counts.
  • R v J (2019) – Prosecuting a section 20 GBH ‘carried out in revenge against a former co-worker. Convicted.
  • R v P (2019) – Prosecuting an ABH committed against a pensioner at Basildon CC. Jury convicted after 40 minutes.
  • R v E (2019) – Prosecuting dangerous driving at Snaresbrook CC. Jury convicted after 40 minutes.
  • R v B (2019) – Prosecuting an ABH at Blackfriars CC committed against a partially-sighted man. Convicted.
  • R v J (2018) – Representing a Defendant in confiscation proceedings following a conviction for possession with intent to supply (Class A). Reduced a benefit figure to 48% of what was sought after adducing evidence from the Defendant and his father.
  • R v A (2018) – Defending a teacher accused of using threats with intent to cause fear of violence on school premises. Acquitted.
  • R v A (2018) – Defending a prison guard accused of assaulting an inmate. Transcript evidence from a disciplinary hearing showed that the Complainant was alleged to have bribed an inmate to give corroborating evidence. Used this to make a Bad Character/Hearsay application which later persuaded the Crown to offer no evidence.
  • R v CC (2018) – Appeal against conviction at the Central Criminal Court on charges of obstructing a constable and failing to comply with a request to leave part of St. James’ Park. Both convictions quashed at half time.
  • R v M (2017) – Defending a man accused of assaulting his step-daughter and her children. Following successful submissions that client was not fit to stand trial: absolute discharge.
  • R v N (2017) – Defending a man charged with assaulting his ex-partner. Acquitted.
  • R v T (2017) – Defending a youth charged with possession of a bladed article. Acquitted.
  • R v J (2017) – Defending a young woman charged with assault and criminal damage. Having heard submissions on the defendant’s acting in self-defence: acquitted of all charges.

Judicial Review

  • R (ex. p. A) v Home Secretary (2018) – Drafting grounds for refusing permission in an application to judicially review a decision not to grant indefinite leave to remain. Permission denied.

Publications, Lectures and Training


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BPTC, City Law School

GDL, University of Birmingham, Commendation

BA(Hons) English Language and Literature, St. Johns’ College, Oxford, 1st


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Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Gray’s Inn



Professional Appointments

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Level 3 CPS General Crime
Level 2 Panel Member for Fraud and POCA
Level 3 Panel Member for Serious Crime

Junior Immigration Advisory Scheme


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Internship Award (Gray’s Inn)

Prince of Wales and Residential Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

CPA Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

Distinction (St. John’s College)