Helen Holder

Helen qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and has worked in the fields of criminal and regulatory defence for her entire career.

Helen joined Kangs Solicitors in 2009.

She is the Head of the Crown Court Department at Kangs Solicitors and oversees hundreds of serious criminal and regulatory cases each year.

Since qualification, Helen has specialised in defending clients charged with serious cases with particular emphasis on defending sexual allegations (including historic offences), serious crime and complex white-collar crime/fraud matters.

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

What the Legal Directories Say:

Legal 500 | 2021 Edition

  • “Helen Holder is extremely intelligent and hardworking. Her cases are so well prepared. A superb manager and organiser of a case”

  • “Helen Holder is an experienced criminal litigator. She is much admired for having conducted the full array of criminal and fraud cases with considerable skill over her career”.

  • “She often goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients…to provide an outstanding level of service”.

Legal 500 | 2020 Edition

  • “Helen Holder can turn her hand from serious fraud to gross negligence manslaughter with equal ability.”

Legal 500 | 2019 Edition

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

Legal 500 | 2017 Edition

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

Legal 500 | 2015 Edition

  • “Helen Holder is bright and ruthlessly hard working”

Helen has been instructed on a wide variety of cases in recent times, a sample of which include:

Serious Sexual Offences

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.

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 R – Croydon Crown Court
Prepared an application to vary an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order to one of a fixed length and the prohibitions within.  Granted by the Judge who praised the thoroughness of the defence application.

Serious 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 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 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 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.

Fraud & Financial Crime

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).

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.

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


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

Helen is available to meet with clients at our offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Alternatively, Helen is happy to provide a no obligation initial consultation by telephone or video conferencing.


0121 449 9888 : Birmingham Office
020 7936 6396 : London Office
07989 521 210 : 24hr Emergency Number



0121 449 9888 : Birmingham Office
020 7936 6396 : London Office
07989 521 210 : 24hr Emergency Number

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