Areas of Practice
What the Directories say
Recommended as a Leading Silk in the fields of General Crime, Fraud, Libel and Sport. One of only three Silks 'Star-rated' in Fraud between 2006-2014, one of only two Silks 'Star-rated' in Crime 2007-2014 inclusive.
CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2014
Firmly amongst the most highly regarded crime silks.. "He is a genius in court"
"A man of excellent judgement, he's a sublime advocate.. He's adept at identifying the broad tactical considerations of a case and acting upon them"
ENTRIES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
"Megastar" John Kelsey-Fry QC wins unanimous priase from his peers, who call him "unquestionably the most prominent criminal defence advocate" out there.
"Brilliantly creative in the way he approaches cases"
The "fantastic" John Kelsey-Fry QC is in the "top rank" of criminal fraud advocates.
The "supremely able" John Kelsey-Fry QC continues to advise on high profile cases.... Sources were particularly enthusiastic about him, saying that he is "an outstanding pragmatic counsel who adds considerable value to any case"
A well established 'super-silk' who receives top level instructions. He is "unquestionably a star" with observers saying that he is "just an exceptional advocate who has very good tactical skills"
Peers say of him that "he is a truly excellent advocate - you know you have to be at the very top of your game to keep pace with him."
"Is such an affable advocate , it is a pleasure to instruct him.""So effortlessly good is he, that advocacy is just like breathing for him."
He is one of the best defence silks of his generation. Observers say "he is just superb. He has an outstanding way of presenting a case to a jury which has them eating out of his hand."
"One of the Criminal Bar's brightest stars"'...has a practice geared towards large and complex criminal cases, particularly on the corporate/ white-collar crime side. John Kelsey-Fry QC is the type of barrister who "takes one hour to prepare each minute at court."
‘On the fraud front he is “unquestionably in the top rank,” leading one interviewee to declare; “Just occasionally exceptional talents come along – in the seventies there was Richard Du Cann QC, and nowadays we have John Kelsey-Fry QC “
He "receives accolades for his defamation work.....with interviewees particularly commenting on his effectiveness before a jury".
"Has a high profile in the horseracing world...........and his style has won many plaudits form the sports industry. Clients describe his manner as "disarming".
"An all-round outstanding lawyer with great ability to present cases to judge and jury". 'The "always spectacular" John Kelsey-Fry QC "has a stellar reputation" and is appreciated for being a "roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-involved type of lawyer". "Outstanding with the jury" and "never bothers to try and score useless points", "he can be delicate when the situation requires, but can easily duff a witness when necessary".
"The professional's choice" and "hard to get, but once you do, you have a huge head start". Quotes from peers and clients alike include "his absolute pre-eminence in the field" and "his expert handling of each and every case he is involved in." A highly popular figure". Described as "the Man of the Moment who delivers a master class in trial advocacy every time", "breathtaking in court".
Recent cases - Fraud/Crime:
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