He has appeared for clients in numerous successful appeals to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and has acted for and advised clients in Judicial Review and Case Stated applications. 

Chris is accredited as an advocacy trainer by The Inns of Court College of Advocacy and has lectured extensively to law students and trainee barristers in the fields of Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing, Professional Ethics and Advocacy. was created to provide clear and helpful information for those facing going to the criminal courts. Find more information here on how this website can help you

Christopher Kessling is a criminal barrister. He has over 20 years’ experience in practice as a barrister and is a criminal law specialist. He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1992. 

In addition to his defence practice, he has prosecuted serious crime at the highest level (CPS Category 4) and therefore fully understands the approach taken to any case from both a prosecution and defence perspective.  

Chris started his career in the East Midlands. He was a member of King Street Chambers in Leicester, KCH Barristers in Nottingham, New Street Chambers in Leicester and was a founding member of the specialist criminal set Garden Square Chambers (now KCH Garden Square).  

Chris has defended in criminal cases at all levels of seriousness, from murder and manslaughter, wounding/grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, aggravated burglary, firearms and other cases involving serious violence to complex fraud, the production, importation and supply of Class A and B drugs, rape and other serious sexual offences and road traffic offences (including those resulting in death due to alleged dangerous or careless driving). logo silver

Case Examples

R. v JH [2011] EWCA Crim 3170; [2011] 12 WLUK 570; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
R. v CF [2006] EWCA Crim 3323; [2007] 1 W.L.R. 1021; [2006] 12 WLUK 568; [2007] 1 Cr. App. R. 36; [2007] Crim. L.R. 574; (2007) 151 S.J.L.B. 61; Times, January 17, 2007; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). View here on Bailii.
R. v Sunak (Vishel) [2005] EWCA Crim 1184; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
R. v Dobson (Walter George) [2000] 10 WLUK 316; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
R. v Fearon (Brendan) [2000] 5 WLUK 106; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
R. v Scunthorpe Justices Ex p. M [1998] 2 WLUK 513; (1998) 162 J.P. 635; Times, March 10, 1998; Divisional Court | Surviving the Criminal Courts