Viewing: Regulatory for Adrian Keeling QC

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.
“Highly recommended for representing the police force in disciplinary matters.”
Legal 500 2019
“Experienced in complex regulatory matters.”
Legal 500 2017
“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”.
Chambers UK 2016
Notable Cases
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
Nottingham 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.
Advised Mr B a solicitor of many years concerning allegations of the making of improper referral fees.
Wilkes v Others
Represented several serving police officers facing a private prosecution by a member of the public.
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
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
Appeal by a solicitor against the publication of a disciplinary sanction by SRA
NCA v Coughlan
Advised Mr Coughlan on his civil property dispute with the NCA.
Re J
Advised a professional football support company on it application to the SRA to become registered.
R v Fiaz Shariff
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
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.
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 and H
West Mercia 2014
Represented two senior officers both accused of tax fraud.
In the Matter of S
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
Leading Court of Appeal authority upon misconduct in a public office.
R v X
Represented an established and highly successful Asian commercial family that faced various allegations of fraud and dishonesty. All allegations were dismissed.
R v Abbas
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
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.
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge.