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. 

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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). 

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. logo silver

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


Chris is accredited as an advocacy trainer by The Inns of Court College of Advocacy and he lectures on the Bar Professional Training Course to trainee barristers in the fields of Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing, Advanced Criminal Litigation, Professional Ethics and Advocacy. He is a co-author of the Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing Manual for BPP University Law School.

Chris provides a high level, specialist defence and appeal service to clients accused of committing criminal offences.  He believes in providing practical and professional advice to his clients in a clear and unstuffy manner.  He will always represent his clients' interests to their best possible advantage, whatever the circumstances of their individual cases. He is comprehensively insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and he is fully qualified to receive cases direct from members of the public (usually referred to as public access or direct access).  

For advice on your own case simply get in touch here or use the contact details below.  You can also find links directly below to assist with information on fees, help with your case and FAQs about instructing a barrister direct. was created to provide clear and helpful information for those facing prosecution in the criminal courts. Find more information here on how this website can help you.  

Christopher Kessling | 86-90 Paul Street London EC2A 4NE | 0203 319 6420 |