Helen Holder

Helen qualified as a Solicitor in 2003, having completed her training at one of the busiest criminal defence practices in Wolverhampton.

Helen is the Head of the Crown Court Department at Kangs Solicitors. Since qualification she has specialised in dealing with serious Crown Court cases and has managed Crown Court Departments at her previous firms based in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Helen is ranked in the Legal 500 in recognition for her work on serious criminal cases.

What the Legal Directories Say

“Strong expertise in fraud cases and drugs conspiracies who works heavily on Crown Court cases.”

Legal 500 | 2019 Edition

“Noted for her work in criminal cases and in particular historic sexual abuse cases.”

Legal 500 | 2017 Edition

“Helen Holder is bright and ruthlessly hard working”

Legal 500 | 2015 Edition

Since joining Kangs Solicitors in 2009 Helen has been instructed on a wide variety of cases, the following of which are but a few:

General Crime

R v B – Leeds Crown Court
Secured acquittal for a Letting Agent charged with Gross Negligence Manslaughter x 2 in relation to the death of two children in a house fire.

R v S – Sheffield Crown Court
Represented local businessman in relation to breaches of the Fire Safety Regulations.

R v L – Stafford Crown Court
Large scale conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

R v A – Birmingham Crown Court
Secured acquittal for a door supervisor charged with wounding.

R v D – Birmingham Crown Court
Secured a not guilty verdict for a 15 year old charged with robbery.

R v M – Birmingham Crown Court
Defendant of good character was found not guilty of robbery and firearms offences after a trial.

R v T – Birmingham Crown Court
Represented a defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

R v M – Worcester Crown Court
Represented a Spanish Lawyer charged with dangerous driving and secured his acquittal.

R v M – Birmingham Crown Court
Successfully represented a 10 year old charged with knife point robbery.

R v R – Woolwich Crown Court
Represented a defendant in the highly publicized ‘escape from custody’ case of John Anslow, who was remanded in custody on charges of murder.

R v D – Norwich Crown Court
Represented a mature defendant charged with historic offences of child cruelty and assaults during employment in National Children’s home.

R v E – Warwick Crown Court
Represented a defendant charged as part of a large multi handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs from Wolverhampton into Warwick.

R v C – Birmingham Crown Court
Acted for a defendant who was acquitted by jury for offences of racially aggravated assault and affray.

R v K – Derby Crown Court
Secured a non-custodial sentence for an 18 year old who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Complex issues arose due to the fact that the defendant was 17 years old at the time of committing the offence.

R v F – Manchester Magistrates Court
Involved in the representation of Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff in relation to motoring offences.

R v W – Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court
Represented a ‘designated premises supervisor’, who was of previous good character, in relation to criminal offences regarding the breach of a Premises Licence. Following representations to the Prosecution, a number of the charges were dropped and the defendant was granted an absolute discharge.

Serious Sexual Offences

R v P – Warwick Crown Court
Successfully represented well-known local businessman for offences of a serious sexual nature.

R v W – Stoke Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with rape and sexual assault by penetration on an ex-partner.

R v L – Warwick Crown Court
Secured a non-custodial sentence for a defendant, caught by a “Paedophile hunter ring”, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a minor.

R v T – Birmingham Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for a client charged with historic familial sexual offences.

R v H – Birmingham Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for a 17 year old defendant with mental health difficulties charged with rape of his ex-girlfriend.

R v R – Leicester Crown Court
Represented a former Magistrates’ Court Clerk accused of possession of indecent images.

R v J – Birmingham Crown Court
Acted for a defendant facing an allegation of rape against daughter, which resulted in the Prosecution offering no evidence.

R v M – Bristol Crown Court
Represented a defendant charged with committing serious sexual offences against an 8 year old female.

R v M – Wood Green Crown Court
Represented a defendant charged with historic familial sexual assaults. During the course of the case the defendant became unfit to stand trial. Following detailed medical reports the indictment was stayed.

R v H – Birmingham Crown Court
Lead solicitor on what is believed to be the first trial in the UK relating to sexual offences committed outside of the Jurisdiction. The preparation of the defence required travel to Kenya in order to take statements from witnesses who subsequently gave evidence during the course of the trial by way of video link. Following a lengthy trial the defendant was acquitted of the most serious of the alleged offences.

Fraud & Financial Crime

R v R – Woolwich Crown Court
Represented a Latvian national in relation to offences of Conspiracy to evade duty on cigarettes.

R v C – Stoke Crown Court
Represented a defendant accused of Cheating the Revenue. Case withdrawn by the Prosecution after we obtained medical evidence proving the defendant was unfit to provide instructions or stand trial.

R v F – Birmingham Crown Court
Represented defendant accused of mortgage fraud alongside various other members of the family which was linked to the large scale fraud of Thomas Scragg.

R v H – Maidstone Crown Court
Represented defendant accused of cheating the Public Revenue.

R v C – Newcastle Crown Court
Represented the lead defendant in the largest ever reported VAT MTIC fraud (Operation Fastback; allegation of £365 million VAT Fraud).

Helen has a particular interest in representing young defendants and those with mental health issues.

Her calm, approachable and empathetic nature assist her to gain the respect and trust of those who instruct her.


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