Adrian has a national practice at the highest level. He took silk on his first application. He specialises in the most difficult of cases. These range from Regulatory work, Public Law, Fraud, Professional Misconduct and Compliance as well as the most serious criminal cases.
Adrian has the ability and experience to master the most complicated of cases. These include cases that are factually complex due to the concepts involved, or even the sheer volume of material. He has the ability to digest, then marshal, and then explain a huge volume of evidence.
He is a naturally thoughtful and clear advocate. Adrian 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 intricate, 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, SOCA, CPS Organised Crime Division, the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, or defending for specialist solicitors, the Police Federation, other regulatory bodies, and most recently News International.
He is confident in a broad spectrum of tribunals from Professional Tribunals, Regulatory Bodies, Sporting Regulators, Inquests and the Crown and High Courts.
Added to this he has the polished and attractive advocacy of an accomplished criminal silk. He regularly undertakes criminal cases of violence of the most serious nature including murder, riot and most recently a contract killing. He believes that this side of his work is crucial to keeping his advocacy razor sharp.
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.
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 is "Recommended for complex cases locally and nationally"
Legal 500 2014
"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
Operation Elveden (Old Bailey 2015)
Instructed in two trials involving reporters working for The Sun and charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
R v Dunkley 2014 (Warwick Crown Court)
Successfully defended against a murder charge by contesting if complex neuropathology could prove causation of the death.
Instructed by the Chief Constable of Warwickshire in the Judicial review against the IPCC.
In the Matter of S 2014
Successfully 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 selling of hot tubs. All defendants were convicted of all counts.
R v David Anslow Birmingham (Crown Court 2012)
Represented Mr Anslow charged with the contract killing shooting of Michael Regan.
R v F (Court of Appeal and 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. It is now the leading authority on what amounts to this difficult offence.
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.
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.
Operation Bequeathed (2011/2)
Leading counsel prosecuting 6 defendants charged with a series of inter connected commercial frauds upon Jewson.
Re X – 2011
Represented an Olympic horseman before the British Equestrian Federation disputing selection for the European Championships.
Operation Purus (2011)
Successful prosecution of the entire gang of 4 defendants charged with the importation of over 60 million pounds of cannabis in false containers.
Inquest 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.
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.
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.
Inquest of Ian Terry (Manchester Coroners Court 2010)
Represented several specialist Greater Manchester police firearms training officers.
An inquest into the fatal shooting of a colleague in a training exercise.
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.
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge.