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


Adrian is Head of No5 Barristers’ Chambers. He practises in all aspects of dispute including regulatory misfeasance, fraud, money laundering, and professional discipline.

His practice is at the highest level nationally. He specialises in complex, difficult and sensitive cases. He can understand intricate facts, marshal them, and convey them with the strong advocacy of an established silk. His tactical analysis and judgment are praised as “an excellent tactician, charming with juries and offering brilliant client care”.

He has good financial sense, and a strong intellectual ability.

He prides himself on building strong relationship with those who instruct him, and the client.

His recent work includes; Operation Elveden, Plebgate, Undercover Policing, numerous high value frauds and financial disputes, gross negligence manslaughter, misconduct in public office, and International advisory work.

He has particular experience in Professional Regulatory work and has been instructed in some of the highest profile Inquests of recent times.

He has strong links with Asia.


Head of No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple
International Committee of the Inner Temple
Vice Chairman of the Anglo Thai Society
Governor of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Trustee of the Sir Thomas White Charity


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association.


Warwick School
Trinity Hall Cambridge

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adrian is an exceptionally gifted advocate with an innate ability to judge the right approach to any tribunal. His preparation for cases is always faultless and demonstrates the great thought given to cases.’  

No5 Barristers’ Chambers provides representation at inquests on behalf of a wide range of parties, including health and safety executives, corporate bodies, governmental organisations, as well as individuals. ‘Strong tactician’ Adrian Keeling KC represented the driver of a lorry who ran over a colleague in a yard at work and assisted with a two-week inquest that explored all the shortcomings in the workplace. Richard Grimshaw was instructed by the Ministry of Justice in an inquest concerning a teenager who took his own life whilst in a Young Offenders Institution, and is commended for his ‘practical approach to evidence and working with witnesses’.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adrian can cut through volumes of material to break matters down to identify the key issues. He has a calm and unflappable manner with clients, opponents and panels.’

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 2

Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adrian is sharp and thorough. He has an enviable ability to sift huge amounts of complex information and distill it quickly and simply, getting to the crux of the case with ease. He has common sense in abundance and is tactically brilliant, always knowing which points to take and how best to articulate them.’