Taylor & Kelly is one of the country’s top human rights law firms. Based in Coatbridge, we have represented clients from all over Scotland and even further afield. Our main goal is to vindicate the rights of those long overlooked and often marginalised before the Courts in Scotland. We fight for those who many people view as undeserving. Many however have for too long been excluded from litigating to affirm their rights
Chambers, a highly regarded guide in the legal profession, gives Taylor & Kelly a ranking of 1 in civil liberties, which reaffirms our standing as one of the best human rights team of lawyers in the country.
Taylor & Kelly: Band 1 “They have been incredibly influential in the development of human rights law.”
Tony Kelly: Star ranking [A 'Star' ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field], “continues to attract considerable recognition for his human rights practice. Market sources report that he “has an interest in – and a grasp of – the developing jurisprudence of the Strasbourg court that is almost unparalleled.”
Chambers has consistently recognised Taylor & Kelly as being at the cutting edge of human rights work, through our involvement in litigation on behalf of prisoners
Taylor & Kelly represented Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in his high profile appeal.
Tony Kelly graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1990. He trained in Glasgow and then in 1997 set up in partnership in Coatbridge. Instrumental in many leading and cutting edge cases which have defined human rights law in Scotland, Tony has also been the instructing solicitor in criminal appeals. Read about the significant cases Tony has been involved in here. He represented the person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing – Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. Read about that appeal and the long and tireless work done on his behalf – here. Tony Kelly has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Strathclyde.
Read what else Chambers has to say about Tony Kelly and Taylor & Kelly:
in 2012, Taylor & Kelly: Band 1 “has received particular acclaim for its work regarding prisoners”
Tony Kelly: Band 1 “is an extremely talented lawyer,” according to sources, who say that “his intellectual skills are just amazing.” He is credited with being “the driving force in prisoners’ rights in Scotland.”
in 2011: Taylor & Kelly, were ranked again as Band 1 “This firm is a clear leader in the Scottish market for civil liberties”.
Tony Kelly: Band 1, Described as “highly regarded… Clients agree that he is an “exceptionally talented and strategic litigator” with “a good nose for sniffing out a winning argument.”
In 2010, Tony Kelly and the firm of Taylor & Kelly were ranked band 1 in civil liberties in Scotland, the directory quoting one source as describing Tony Kelly as “absolutely terrific”.
In 2009 the firm and Tony Kelly were banded one in civil liberties in Scotland with Tony Kelly once again recognised as being “absolutely outstanding” and described as “a fountain of excellent ideas”.
In 2008 the firm was described as having as possessing “a passion and commitment that belies its size”. Tony Kelly was described in glowing terms:
“I can think of no other lawyer I would want on my side in a case concerning civil liberties in human rights”.