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Amanda Kelly

Called 2003 Lincoln’s Inn  |  Email: akelly@westgate-chambers.co.uk


Amanda Kelly joined Westgate in January 2013 following a successful career at the Bar and as a Crown Advocate with the CPS. She is a Level 3 prosecutor and is on the panel of advocates approved to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences. She is also an experienced defence advocate who spent several years representing defendants in the Crown Courts of London, Kent and Essex before joining the CPS in 2007.

A former national newspaper journalist, Amanda is a skilled jury advocate who was graded “outstanding” in an external advocacy assessment by a member of Queen’s Counsel. She prosecutes and defends the broad spectrum of criminal offences. Her approachable and empathetic nature makes her particularly well-suited to handling those cases which involve young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Amanda successfully combines her criminal advocacy work with two judicial appointments. In 2013 she was invited by the Lord Chancellor to become a First Tier Tribunal Judge sitting in the Social Entitlement Chamber. In 2014, she also became a part-time Immigration Judge.

Recent Notable Cases

  • R v Smith (2016): Secured convictions in a trial involving multiple counts of rape.
  • R v Ashraf (2016): Secured a conviction in a trial involving the theft of more than half a million pounds from the car parks at Gatwick Airport.
  • R v Osborne and Abbott (2016): Secured confiscation orders totalling several hundreds of thousands of pounds following a complex multi-day contested POCA hearing.
  • R v Ayra (2016): Secured a conviction in the trial of a defendant charged with sexually assaulting a young woman in an alleyway.
  • R v Ghica, Hoisan and Stoica (2016): Presided over the prosecution of a complex prosecution involving charges of conspiracy to burgle. On the day of trial, guilty pleas were entered by each defendant.
  • R v Anisa Howell (2016): Secured a conviction in the trial of a defendant charged with supplying Class A drugs.
  • R v Fulke-Greville (2015): Secured a confiscation order for £275,000 against a convicted fraudster.
  • R v Marianne (2015): Secured a conviction in the trial of a youth defendant charged with serious sex offences.
  • R v Leahy (2014): Secured a conviction in the trial of a defendant charged with attempting to murder his long-term partner.
  • R v Clements (2014: Successfully prosecuted a former football coach accused of possessing and distributing thousands of indecent images of children.
  • R v Colletti (2014): Secured a conviction in a case in which the defendant was accused of assaulting his own teenage daughter.
  • R v Makhluf (2014): Secured a conviction in in a case involving the sexual assault of a young female in a night club.
  • R v Cete, Cete and Cete (2014): Secured convictions in a case which raised issues of racial sensitivity in which the defendants were accused of causing grievous bodily harm to a Turkish male from a different ethnic background.
  • R v Alford (2014): Secured a conviction in a case involving a “glassing” in a public house. The case raised complex issues relating to the admission of bad character evidence.
  • R v Barrow (2014): Appeared in the Court of Appeal in a case in which the sentence of 13 years for an offence of attempted murder was successfully challenged as being manifestly excessive.


  • MA (hons) in theology from Oxford University
  • NCTJ post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism (distinction)
  • Post-graduate diploma in law (Distinction)
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very competent)
  • CPS Level 3 Advocate
  • CPS Level 3 Rape Advocate