Adrian Keeling QC - Criminal Fraud & Proceeds of 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.
Adrian has a very good understanding of the financial world. He understands the commercial marketplace, the concepts behind it and the reality of dealing within it. He finds it easy to identify the key to any financial transaction and then communicate to others. He can master the detail of any case, distil it, and analyse it,
He has the strong ability to intellectually understand the complex, but further to then explain it in clear and simple terms. At the junior bar he spent a period practising commercial work. He now brings to any case the skills of an established criminal and regulatory silk.
He has experience of the many varied types of criminal cases involving fraud; from both the lengthy and complex to the short and intricate. He has the ability to digest and then marshal a huge volume of evidence.
He has a reputation for work arising out of the seizure of assets and all areas of confiscation.
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.
Recent Directory Listings include;
Legal 500 – 2017 – a leading silk in fraud work
“He defends and prosecutes money laundering and fraud cases, often with a link to the Gulf”
Chambers UK 2017
He is robust in court and gets very good results." "He is charming and persuasive and takes a superb tactical approach."
Legal 500 2016 – Tier 1 Crime
“Practices at the highest level, locally and nationally.’
Chambers UK 2016 – Band 1 Professional Discipline and band 2 Crime
“He is a terrific advocate, takes proper points and has a lovely touch with the courts”.
“He’s impressive because he’s not fazed by anything”.
“He is noted for his diligent approach and his attention to detail by his peers”
“He’s a terrific advocate”.
Significant Cases include;
Middlesbrough Football Club (Nottingham 2018)
Represented the Club avoiding payment of a quarter of a million pounds to a player intermediary convicted of fraud.
R v MA Excavations (Bolton 2018)
Represented the Company in relation to the lifting of the financial penalty arising out of a work place death prosecuted under the health and safety act.
R v Ozgur Kaplan (Leeds 2017)
Represented Mr Kaplan charged with cheating the revenue in a multimillion pound importation of alcohol through Poland. The trial lasted for 3 months and involved the complex analysis of several inter linking businesses.
DB v Solicitors Regulatory Authority (2017)
Advised Mr B a solicitor of many years on the role on allegations of the making of improper referral fees.
R v Shah and others (Southwark 2017)
Instructed by the CPS Fraud division to prosecute a 10-defendant multimillion pound international money laundering ring. This complicated 2-month trial operated through Money Transfer Bureaus and spanned the world from China to the Gulf.
Solicitors Regulatory Authority v HM (2017 SDT)
Represented Mr H a solicitor of 30 years before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He had been charged with the misuse of client account money. The case was very complicated in both its factual detail and by the complexity of the very large number of over lapping allegations made.
Coughlan v NCA (2017 High Court)
Represented Mr Coughlan seeking to commit a serving officer of the NCA to prison for contempt of court for dishonesty in a proceeds of crime hearing. The case was the first of its type. It involved an analysis of the alleged criminal financial misconduct.
R v Reynolds (Worcester 2016)
Defence of a financial adviser charged with pension fraud. Overlap with FSA allegations.
Operation Elveden - R v W and R v F (Old Bailey 2015)
Defended two News International Journalists over several months, charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office for payments made to public officers.
H & H (West Mercia 2014)
Represented two senior officers both accused of tax fraud.
Operation Goal (Birmingham Crown Court 2014)
Prosecution of several linked trials involving money laundering and the wholesale commercial importation of vast quantities of drugs and the laundering of money nationwide.
Operation Springtide (Stafford Crown Court 2013/4)
Prosecuted a 4-month Fraudulent Trading trial involving the commercial selling of electrical equipment imported fraudulently from China. The case centred around expert accountancy evidence. 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 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.
Operation Bequeathed (2011/2)
Leading counsel prosecuting 6 defendants charged with a series of inter connected commercial frauds upon Jewson.
Operation Aladdin (2011)
Leading counsel prosecuting 6 defendants charged with establishing ghost companies.
Operation Segmen (2011/2010/2009 Winchester Crown Court)
Leading prosecution counsel.
A series of cases arising out of a SOCA led investigation into drug dealing and money laundering in Bristol and through the First International Bank of Curacao. The case was the highest grade of SOCA work that attracted the personal attention of the Home Secretary.
Operation Purus (2011 Birmingham Crown Court)
Confiscation proceedings of proceeds of crime amounting to a benefit of £35 million.
Operation Calliper (2011 Birmingham Crown Court
Bank fraud by 6 defendants including 2 bank employees employed by Barclay’s Premier client division. The subsequent money laundering amounted to £1.5 million.
R v M (2010)
Briefed to represent a serving police officer charged with the large-scale defrauding of police funds.
R v M (2009 Worcester Crown Court)
Defence of a man charged with the fraudulent creation of false companies.
R v R (2009 Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Defence of a legal executive charged with defrauding Legal Aid.
MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Member of the Criminal Bar Association