Michelle Heeley KC > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
B4 6DR


Michelle is the current Leader of the Midland Circuit. Her practice consists of dealing predominantly with complex, multi-handed trials such as murder, wide-scale drug conspiracies, and serious sexual offences. Instructed regularly by CPS Complex Casework Unit to prosecute the most serious cases, and in defence cases known for her sensitive handling of vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

She is regularly instructed privately to defend in high profile sexual offence allegations.


Called to the Bar 2001; Ropewalk Prize for Mooting; appointed Recorder in 2012.

Silk 2017

Leader of Midland Circuit 2021


Fluent German.


LLB (Hons Law and German); Nottingham Law School (BVC).



Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michelle Heeley KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers provides expertise at every level of the disciplinary process to members of all professions, including police officers, solicitors, medical professionals, teachers, and accountants. Adrian Keeling KC heads the chambers and recently represented one of six officers accused of discriminatory conduct whilst on duty with Hampshire Police in a high-profile case that attracted national media attention. Harpreet Singh Sandhu KC , who was appointed silk in March 2022, and Michelle Heeley KC also have police discipline law expertise.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michelle Heeley KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Michelle is an excellent jury advocate, ensuring that even in the most complex case jurors can follow the evidence and arrive at the conclusions. She is calm, friendly, and engaging when out of court, whilst in court she is formidable, determined, and entirely persuasive. She is dutiful and exacting in her preparation, carefully and methodically considering the evidence and issues in a case.’ 

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘well run professional set of chambers with range of experience and expertise’ in the crime sector. Michael Duck KC is a specialist in serious organised crime and is currently leading a prosecution of Polish and Kurdish organised crime groups on behalf of HMRC, while Michelle Heeley KC has built a reputation for handling cases involving vulnerable clients or witnesses. Newly appointed silks Harpreet Singh Sandhu KC and Sultana Tafadar KC are regularly instructed by the CPS in cases of grave and complex nature. Turning to the set’s juniors, Ian Bridge is described as a ‘formidable advocate who is able to quickly grasp the real issues in the case’ and is regularly instructed in high profile fraud and money laundering cases.