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Year of Call:  1990

Year of Silk:  2011

Position:  Head of Misconduct & Compliance

Adrian Keeling QC Crime CV

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Adrian Keeling QC - Crime


Adrian has a criminal practice at the highest level both locally and nationally. He both prosecutes and defends in equal measure. He took silk on his first application. He specialises in the most complex and difficult cases.

He regularly undertakes criminal cases of violence of the most serious nature. These include countless murder and attempted murder cases, along with all other levels of violence including riot. He is described as have a “charming jury manner” along with “brilliant client care”.

He also has ability and experience in the most complicated cases. This includes cases that are factually very complicated due to the sheer volume of material; such as multi defendant murder cases, extensive drug cases, or large scale frauds. He has the ability to digest and then marshal a huge volume of evidence.

Adrian is also someone who can understand and convey to a jury the most intellectually complicated cases – such as misconduct in public office and gross negligence manslaughter. He is sought out and instructed by specialist organisations for these skills, be it prosecuting for SOCA, CPS Organised Crime and CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, or defending for the Police Federation, the Prison Officers Association or specialist solicitors. He has recently been instructed by different sets of solicitors to act for News International journalists in Operation Elveden.

He has the strong ability to understand the complex, but further to then explain it in clear and simple terms. He has a very good understanding of the financial world and finds commercial concepts easy to understand and deal with.

He prides himself on his relations with his client and further his ability to build and lead a team.

He has extensive appellate experience in the Court of Appeal.


MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Pupil Master


Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


‘Recommended for serious, multi-defendant crime matters.'
Legal 500 2017






In high demand for his expertise in large-scale fraud and drug trafficking, Keeling also prosecutes and defends in major homicide cases. Recent cases have included multiparty conspiracies and significant international aspects. Strengths: "He is robust in court and gets very good results." "He is charming and persuasive and takes a superb tactical approach."
Chambers UK 2017


‘An expert in fraud and organised crime.’
‘Experienced in high-profile inquests.’
Legal 500 (2016)

A respected presence on circuit, who handles complex criminal cases both locally and across the UK. He places particular emphasis on serious cases of violence and has acted on a number of multi-defendant murders and large-scale frauds. He is noted for his diligent approach and his attention to detail by his peers
"He's impressive because he isn't fazed by anything." "He takes proper points, is good on the law and has a lovely touch with the panel. He's a terrific advocate."
Chambers UK 2016

‘Practises at the highest level, locally and nationally.’
‘He has vast expertise in representing police officers in professional disciplinary matters.’
‘Recommended for defending police officers facing serious allegations.’
Legal 500 2015

Highly regarded for his prosecution and defence work in heavyweight criminal cases. He is regularly instructed in complex cases including drug cases, large-scale frauds, and multi-defendant murder cases.
Chambers UK 2015

Adrian Keeling is "Recommended for complex cases locally and nationally"
Legal 500 2014

"Adrian Keeling has excellent judgement. He always has the correct tactical approach to a case."
"His client care is outstanding as he can really put clients at ease and connect with people." 
"A star player for police federation work. He is very intellectual and an excellent tactician, and can handle difficult and sensitive cases such as whistleblowing." 
Chambers UK 2014

Adrian Keeling QC "is charming and has an excellent client manner," notes one source. "We use him whenever we can, as he is equally persuasive with both judges and juries." Keeling has a broad practice that takes in serious violence, murder and conspiracy cases. 
Chambers UK 2013

Adrian Keeling QC has a ‘superb client manner’
Legal 500 2012

Adrian Keeling QC is another of the set's 2011 silks. He is described as "reassuring and charming," with sources noting his abilities in "complex and demanding cases," particularly in the fraud arena. He is no stranger to general crime work and acted in the drugs prosecution associated with Operation Segmen.
Chambers & Partners 2012

...takes a ‘common-sense approach to matters and cuts through the irrelevancies’.
Legal 500 2011

“...an excellent tactician, charming with juries and offering brilliant client care”.
Legal 500


Recent Significant cases include;

R v W (Central Criminal Court 2014)
Defending a News International Journalist charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office as part of Operation Elveden.

Operation Springtide (Stafford Crown Court 2013/4)
Prosecuted a 4 month Fraudulent Trading trial involving the selling of hot tubs. All defendants were convicted of all counts.

R v Falloon (Court of Appeal 2013)
Leading authority on what amounts to Misconduct in a Public Office

R v David Anslow Birmingham (Crown Court 2012)
Represented Mr Anslow charged with the contract killing shooting of Michael Regan.

R v F (Leeds Crown Court 2012)
Represented a serving prison officer charged with misconduct in a public office over a month long trial which included allegations of sexual relations and smuggling to inmates. 

R v FB (Norwich Crown Court 2012)
Represented Mr FB charged with a high yield investment fraud worth over £40 million. The trial lasted 4 months.

R v X (2012)
Represented an established and highly successful Asian commercial family that faced various allegations of fraud and dishonesty. All allegations were dismissed .

R v Derek Law (2012)
Represented Mr Law charged with the murder of his best friend by beating. Complicated issues of diminished responsibility and alcohol dependence syndrome.

R v Webb & McEnery (2012)
Successful prosecution of both defendants convicted of the murder by stabbing to death of a close neighbor as a revenge attack.

ReB - Inquest (2011)
Representation of a police officer investigated for the murder of his partner.

Operation Purus (2011)
Successful prosecution of the entire gang of 4 defendants charged with the importation of over £60 million pounds of cannabis in false containers.

R v L (2010)
Successful defence of a police officer charged with misconduct in public office by falsely writing off speeding tickets.

R v Munir Ali (2010)
Successful  prosecution of the son of a councilor charged with election fraud.

R v J (2010)
Acquittal of  a police officer charged with rape.

R v Anthony Platt (2010)
Prosecution counsel.
Attempted murder.

Inquest of Ian Long (2010)
Counsel for several Greater Manchester Police Officers in relation to a death during a police pursuit.

R v Jaleel Ahmed (2010)
Prosecution junior counsel.

Operation Calliper (2010)
Prosecution counsel.
Allegation of bank fraud by bank employees and money laundering amounting to £1.5 million. Six defendants.

Inquest of Ian Terry (2010)
Defence counsel representing several Greater Manchester police firearms training officers in an inquest into the fatal shooting of a colleague in a training exercise.

R v Mangat (2010)
Prosecution counsel.
Court of Appeal hearing that challenged the conviction of a nurse convicted of gross negligence medical manslaughter.

Operation Segmen (2009)
Leading prosecution counsel.
SOCA investigation of the largest drug dealing and money laundering gang in Bristol.
Eight defendants.

Operation Perranporth (2009)
Leading prosecution counsel.
A complex series of related drug conspiracies in Warwickshire.
Seven defendants.

R v R (2009)
Defence counsel.
Police child protection officer charged with sexual assault of a child victim.

R v McTigue (2009)
Prosecution counsel.
The manslaughter of the innocent victim of a street attack.

R v W (2009)
Leading Defence counsel.
The acquittal of a serving police officer accused of assisting her son’s murder of the model Amy Leigh Jones in Manchester.

Operation Notion (2009)
Prosecution counsel.
A riot at Birmingham airport between rival Hells Angels and Outlaws motorcycles gangs.
Twelve defendants.

R v Priya Ramnath (2009)
Junior Prosecution counsel.
The gross negligence manslaughter by an anaesthetist of her patient.

R v Zara Bourne (2009)
Junior prosecution counsel.

Operation Budapest (2008)
Junior prosecution counsel.
The prosecution of an entire Outlaws Chapter for the shooting of a Hells Angels biker on the M40.
The largest investigation ever undertaken by Warwickshire police.
Received a Chief Constables Commendation.

R v Moffitt (2008)
Junior Defence counsel.
Represented Mr Moffitt who was charged with a stabbing at a wake.

R v Gannon and others (2008)
Junior Prosecution counsel
The retribution murder by beating of a burglar.
Five defendants.

R v H (2007)
Leading defence junior.
Prosecution of nine serving officers charged in relation to the death of Mikey Powell when arrested. Allegations of assault and misconduct in public office. All acquitted.

Operation Myope. (2007)
Junior Prosecution counsel.
A SOCA led prosecution of a series of drug conspiracies in the Nottingham area.
Nineteen defendants.

R v Nazam and Nazam (2005)
Prosecution Counsel.
Leading Court of Appeal authority on the effect of Judge’s indication as to sentence.