Adrian has a broad practice at the highest level both locally and nationally. He took silk on his first application. He specialises in the most difficult of cases.
Adrian has the ability and experience to master the most complicated of cases. These include cases that are factually complex due to the sheer volume of material, or the concepts involved. 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. He has the strong ability to understand the intricate, and then convey it in clear and simple terms. Added to this he has the polished and attractive advocacy of an accomplished criminal silk.
He works tirelessly for the client, and is frequently praised for his superb client skills.
He has extensive appellate experience in the Court of Appeal.
Adrian’s work is broad in spectrum: which is one of the many skills he brings to the Public Law work that he does.
His work ranges Public Law to Regulatory work, Professional Misconduct and Compliance, Police Law, Fraud as well as the most serious criminal cases.
He is confident in a broad spectrum of tribunals from Professional Tribunals, Regulatory Bodies, Sporting Regulators, Inquests and the Crown and High Courts.
He is sought out and instructed by specialist organisations for his skills, be it Local Authorities, Chief Constables, the Police Federation, specialist solicitors, other regulatory bodies, the NCA and SOCA, the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, and most recently News International.
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
'Handles work for the police on a nationwide basis'. 'Experienced in defending police officers in misconduct cases'
Legal 500 2014
"Adrian Keeling has excellent judgment. 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." "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"
Chambers UK 2013
...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”.
Instructed in the judicial review proceedings by the Chief Constable.
Instructed by News international.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal
Instructed by a local authority to successfully defend their use of covert monitoring.
Instructed by a client to advise upon what activities fall within the regulatory ambit of the SRA.
Instructed by a client seeking the recovery of commercial data seized and retained by the police under a search warrant.