Adrian Keeling QC - Regulatory & Licensing
Adrian has a regulatory practice at the highest level both locally and nationally. He specialises in the most challenging and difficult cases. He has extensive appellate experience both in Judicial Review in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.
Adrian has ability and experience in the most complicated of cases. These include cases that are factually complex due to either the allegation made or the sheer volume of material. He has the ability to digest, then marshal, and then explain a huge volume of evidence.
Adrian is also someone who can understand and convey the most intellectually complicated issues – such as complex regulatory offences, fraud, gross negligence, or misconduct in public office. He has the strong ability to understand the complex, and then convey it in clear and simple terms.
He is sought out and instructed by specialist organisations for these skills, be it Local Authorities, or defending for specialist solicitors, or other regulatory bodies.
Adrian is also experienced in Health and Safety work and workplace fatalities. He practised in personal injury work at a very high level for many years whilst at the junior bar. His expertise extends from the Coroner’s Court to the Crown Court and the High Court. He adds to that knowledge that the interpersonal skills and robustness of an established silk.
Adrian has extensive experience of all aspects of Consumer Protection work. This includes offences arising out of misleading price indications, trade description and Trademark and Copyright offences, and all offences of general dishonesty and fraud. To this technical expertise he adds the court craft of a recognised advocate.
Adrian has a very great deal of experience in representing professionals before their professional regulatory tribunals. He has represented company directors, teachers and professional international sportsmen. He is first choice counsel for the Police Federation and enjoys a national reputation that attracts some of their most high profile, complicated and delicate work.
He takes pride in his relations with his clients and his ability to build and lead a team.
Recent Directory endorsements include;
Legal 500 – 2017
Listed as a leading silk in Regulatory and Health and Safety Work
“Experienced in complex regulatory matters.’
Chambers UK 2016 – Professional Discipline (band 1), Police Law and 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”.
“A respected presence … who handles complex criminal cases both locally and nationally”.
“He is noted for his diligent approach and his attention to detail by his peers”
Legal 500 2016 – Regulatory (tier 1 leading silk) and Crime (tier 1 leading silk)
‘He has vast expertise in representing police officers in professional disciplinary matters.”
“Practices at the highest level, locally and nationally.’
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 Jeffrey (Birmingham 2018)
Insurance backed defence of a professional lorry driver charge with causing serious injury by his dangerous driving on the M42.
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.
DB v SRA (2017)
Advised Mr B a solicitor of many years concerning allegations of the making of improper referral fees.
Wilkes v Others (2017)
Represented several serving police officers facing a private prosecution by a member of the public.
SRA 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.
Andrei Pavlov (2016)
Advised Mr Pavlov who was the alleged assassin by poisoning regarding participation in the Inquest of the high profile death of Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy
SRA v Williams (2016)
Appeal by a solicitor against the publication of a disciplinary sanction by SRA
NCA v Coughlan (2016)
Advised Mr Coughlan on his civil property dispute with the NCA.
Re J (2016)
Advised a professional football support company on it application to the SRA to become registered.
R v Fiaz Shariff (London)
Successful representation of a company director charged with criminal offences.
R v NM (Birmingham 2016)
Successfully represented an Assistant Chief Constable charged with criminal offences.
DS Stuart Hinton (Warwickshire 2016)
Successful defence of the officer charged with misconduct arising out of Plebgate.
R v Reynolds (Worcester 2016)
Defence of a financial adviser charged with fraud. Overlap with FSA allegations.
R v Melissa Swift (Birmingham CC 2015)
Prosecution of a Residential Home nurse who attempted to murder the elderly patients in her care.
Mayes (West Midlands Police 2015)
Represented officer in the first public disciplinary hearing undertaken by the West Midlands Police Force
R v W and R v F (Old Bailey 2015)
Defended 2 separate News International Journalist over several months charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office as part of Operation Elveden.
Instructed by the Chief Constable of Warwickshire in the Judicial review
H & H (West Mercia 2014)
Represented two senior officers both accused of tax fraud.
In the Matter of S 2014
Represented Staffordshire County Council before the Regulatory Powers Tribunal.
Operation Springtide (Stafford Crown Court 2013/4)
Prosecuted a 4 month Fraudulent Trading trial involving the commercial miss selling of electrical goods imported from China. Expert accountancy evidence was key. All defendants were convicted of all counts.
R v F 2013
Leading Court of Appeal authority upon misconduct in a public office.
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 Abbas 2012
Represented a manufacturing company charged with constructing furniture that did not meet its flammability requirements.
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.
Inquest of Warren Broadhurst (Derby Coroners Court 2012)
Represented a doctor in an inquest arising out of the suicide of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act.
Inquest of PC X (South Yorkshire Coroners Court 2012)
Represented a serving police officer who had acted as a “whistle blower” into the work practices that surrounded the suicide of a fellow officer.
Re O – 2011
Leading counsel representing a serving police officer being investigated for criminal health and safety offences arising out of the fatal shooting of a fellow officer on a firearms training exercise. Adrian represented the officer at the 2 month Inquest.
Re G – 2011
Leading counsel directing the investigation by a Local Authority of a group of companies for running improper charities.
Re X - 2011
Represented an Olympic horseman before the British Equestrian Federation disputing selection for the European Championships.
Onquest of Jason Pearce (Shropshire Coroners Court 2011)
Inquest arising out of a death in custody linked to drug induced excited delirium. The case involved an in depth consideration of methods of restraint and excited delirium.
Re B Inquest (2011)
Representation of a police officer investigated for the murder of his partner.
R v L (2010)
Successful defence of a police officer charged with misconduct in public office.
R v Munir Ali (2010)
Successful prosecution of the son of a councillor charged with election fraud.
Operation Calliper (2010)
Prosecution counsel. Allegation of bank fraud by bank employees and money laundering amounting to £1.5 million. Six defendants.
R v Mangat (2010)
Prosecution counsel. Court of Appeal hearing challenged the conviction of a nurse convicted of gross negligence medical manslaughter.
Operation Segmen (2009)
Leading prosecution counsel in a SOCA investigation into the largest drug dealing and money laundering gang in Bristol. This was the highest grade of SOCA work upon which the Home Secretary was briefed regularly. The case is now used as a training template. Eight defendants.
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.
R v Priya Ramnath (2009)
Junior Prosecution counsel.
The gross negligence manslaughter by an anaesthetist of her patient.
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.
MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers