Adrian Keeling QC - Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law
Adrian has experience in many high profile and contentious inquests. They have included cases that were delicate by their very nature or allegation, or complex in their detail. They have often lasted several weeks and involved the most sensitive of issues and information.
He has particular expertise in Inquests where Article 2 is engaged, and the proceedings are before a jury. He brings to these proceedings his vast experience as a silk in the Regulatory field and Crown Court, as well as a thorough background in health and safety and personal injury work. To this he adds the skills of a polished advocate.
Adrian has the background and legal expertise of a civil lawyer. He practised in personal injury, medical negligence and commercial law for many years whilst at the junior bar. He now adds to that the interpersonal skills and robustness of a very established advocate.
He has great experience of Inquests where organisational procedure has to be assimilated and then applied critically. He is “first choice” counsel for the Police Federation for work of this nature. He is also instructed by other professionals, including the medical profession, and increasingly by the family of the deceased.
He takes pride in his relations with his clients and his ability to build and lead a team.
Adrian undertakes direct access work.
Recent Directory Listings include;
Legal 500 2017
Listed as a leading silk for Inquests
“He provides sound advice that can change a strategy for the better”
Chambers UK 2017 –
Professional Discipline, Band 1
"He has a nice, easy-going style but is robust in court and gets very good results." "He is reassuring to clients, charming and persuasive, and has a superb tactical approach."
Chambers UK 2016
Professional Discipline, Band 1
He takes proper points, is good on the law, and has a lovely touch with the courts. He’s a terrific advocate”.
Significant recent inquests have included;
Inquest David McTaggart (Sandwell 2017)
Represented a firearms officer where criticism was made of a failure to provide prompt medical treatment at the point of arrest which led to death.
Inquest Lynda Warren (2017 Derby)
Represented the family in an inquest enquiring into the shorting comings of her medical care. Miss Warren and her family sought repeated medical assistance over the course of a week; from her GP, Accident and Emergency, the 101 phone line. All failed to asses her properly and recognise her ischemic bowel diseases which killed her.
Andrei Pavlov (2016)
Advised Mr Pavlov who was the alleged assassin by poisoning of the high profile death of Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy. The allegation was assassination by the Russian state.
Inquest Ballantyne (2016 Leicester)
Represented PC Ballantyne a response officer in a liveried police car when he was involved in a head on collision with the deceased in a van. The officer sustained head injury which meant he has no recollection of events.
Inquest Lyons (2016 Stoke)
A 6 week inquest concerning a death in custody with 9 legally represented interested parties. The complex issues included; the deployment of firearms officers to effect an arrest, the decision to arrest rather than section under the Mental Health Act, the decision to take the deceased into custody not hospital, the care of the deceased in custody, the decision not to take the deceased into hospital. Added to all this was the uncertainty of pathology in the medical cause of death, and if he would still have died had he been in hospital.
Inquest Shawn Browne (Birmingham 2015)
Represented officers alleged by the family to have murdered Mr Browne. Successful application for anonymity. Subsequent successful defence of Judicial Review of the favourable jury finding.
Re W (Birmingham Coroners Court)
Represented several offices charged with the death in custody of a mentally ill man arrested but taken into custody and not referred to hospital.
Inquest of Lloyd Butler (Birmingham Coroners Court)
An inquest into a death in custody. This addressed sensitive issues of Police Policy, allegations of individual misfeasance, and also complicated issues of medical causation in cardiac arrest.
Inquest of Warren Broadhurst (Derby Coroners Court)
Adrian represented a doctor in an inquest arising out of the suicide of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act. It had been contended that the medical decision not to detain the deceased was at fault. Issues of the governing policy as well as the decision making of the doctor were central to its resolution.
Inquest of PC X (South Yorkshire Coroners Court)
Represented a serving police officer who had acted as a “whistle blower” into the work practices that surrounded the suicide of a fellow officer. The sensitivities were profound.
Inquest of Jason Pearce (Shropshire Coroners Court)
Inquest arising out of a death in custody linked to drug induced excited delirium. It involved an in depth consideration of drug toxicity and causation.
Inquest of Cheryl Flanagan – (Worcester Coroners Court)
Adrian represented a police officer investigated for the murder of his partner. The jury returned an open verdict.
Inquest of Alan Long (Stockport Coroners Court)
Represented several Greater Manchester Police officers involved in the fatal pursuit of a motor bike in a five week inquest. It involved a thorough analysis and criticism of the national vehicle pursuit policy.
Inquest of Ian Terry (Manchester Coroners Court)
Represented several specialist Greater Manchester police firearms training officers.
This was a 6 week inquest into the fatal shooting of a colleague in a training exercise. It ranged over the most sensitive of firearms and counter terrorism material against a background of particular emotional sensitivity.
Re M (Stoke Coroner’s Court)
Inquest arising out a fatal crash during a police pursuit.