Kane Sharpe

Kane Sharpe

Call: 2017


Kane specialises in defending serious crime and enjoys a strong practice, achieving regular acquittals before juries in cases where the evidence appears overwhelming. He is an advocate deeply trusted by professional and lay clients alike, and accordingly is instructed regularly in cases of the utmost gravity and sensitivity, including serious violence, firearms, complex fraud, modern slavery & forced labour, vast drug importations relating to Encrochat, and serious sexual offending including rape.

Kane has a natural flair for oral advocacy. One opponent of many years’ experience described Kane’s court performance in a complex forced and compulsory labour trial as ‘absolutely top drawer…hands down the best performance by someone of his call I have ever seen’.

Similarly, Kane’s written work is sharp and persuasive, his arguments having been described by judges as ‘first rate’, and ‘unanswerable’. He has regularly secured wins in cases on the strength and cogency of his written advocacy.

These qualities have also leant themselves naturally to a strong appellate court practice, and he has already achieved numerous successes in the Court of Appeal against both conviction and sentence.

Kane understands that being an effective advocate is rooted in empathy – knowing your audience – whether judge, jury, opponent, or client: understanding what people feel and what they want, and tailoring the approach and strategy accordingly. His client care is second to none, and he will always go the extra mile for his lay clients and solicitors.

Prior to starting at Furnival, Kane worked at leading firm Hickman & Rose in the financial crime and regulatory departments, assisting on various high-profile cases including FCA and SFO prosecutions against individuals involved in the LIBOR rate-rigging scandal, Rolls Royce, and the recent acquittal of the Tesco UK directors for fraud and false accounting.

As well as his strong criminal defence practice, Kane is also instructed in regulatory matters and those with a quasi-criminal aspect, as well as in extradition.

Education & Awards

BPTC, City Law School, “Outstanding”, 2017
GDL, City Law School, “Distinction”, 2016
Professional Acting Training, LAMDA, 2007-2009,
BA (Hons), English Literature and Language, Oxford University, 2:i, 2006
Inner Temple: Inner Temple Exhibition Award (BPTC)
LAMDA, Lawrence Atwell Scholarship for performance
St Catherine’s College, Oxford: Foundation Scholar – Stephen Gill Award