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Year of Call:  1990

Year of Silk:  2011

Position:  Deputy Head of Chambers and Head of Regulatory, Misconduct & Compliance

Adrian Keeling QC Sports & Media Law CV

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Adrian Keeling QC - Sports & Media Law

Adrian is a very experienced advocate and regulatory lawyer. As an advocate he has vast experience in presenting and arguing disputed factual cases. He took silk on his first application, and has the highest level of practice as a barrister in the criminal courts.

As a Regulatory lawyer he has the legal acumen of a civil lawyer where he spent much of his practice at the junior bar. He adds to this the ability to understand the complex and then convey it simply. He believes that it is important to be not only an accomplished advocate when it comes to fearlessly presenting a case, but to be able to back that up with thorough intellectual rigour.

Adrian has particular expertise in representing professionals before their regulatory bodies. He has a very large experience of regulatory work of this nature. He has represented all manner of professionals from company directors, to teachers, and is first choice counsel for the Police Federation. He had added to that representing professional international sportsmen, and has recently as leading counsel, represented an Olympic horseman in proceedings before the British Equine Federation. 


MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


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

"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