Philip Rule > Chambers of Adrian Keeling QC and Jonathan Jones QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling QC and Jonathan Jones QC
No5 Barristers Chambers
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Barrister. Undertaking a variety of areas of work, but a particular public law and criminal law specialist. Specialist in judicial review, human rights and civil liberties, criminal appeals and criminal trials concerning fatalities.


Legal Aid Barrister of the Year 2017 (awarded by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group).
Called 2001 Lincolns Inn; Direct Access qualified 2011; Pupil supervisor 2010; admitted to International Criminal Court’s list of assistants to counsel at the Hague; CPS specialist fraud panel; CPS specialist serious crime group panel; CPS prosecution advocates list for London, South East and Western Circuits; appointed to Attorney-General’s Unified List of Prosecution Advocates.
Called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands 2017.


Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course); City University (2001 DpL); University of Southampton (2000 LLB Hons); Berkhamsted Collegiate School. Lincoln’s Inn Walter Wigglesworth QC Scholarship 2001; Southampton University Internal Debating Competition Prize 2000; The Swords Prize 2000 (best undergraduate dissertation in law at Southampton) 1999; Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Scholar.


Supporter of Saracens rugby club.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Philip RuleNo5 Barristers ChambersExceptionally thorough in his written work and advocacy, with an undoubted talent for appellate work.

No5 Barristers Chambers remains a key player in Midlands criminal law, housing a large team at both the junior and senior end who ‘provide excellent representation throughout the Midlands and beyond‘. The set covers the full spectrum of criminal work, with members such as Michelle Heeley QC frequently being instructed in high-profile sexual offences work such as her successful defence of Paul Gascoigne following his sexual assault charge, while Michael Duck QC is highly active in organised crime and POCA matters. From the junior ranks, the ‘extremely intelligent and tactically astute‘ John O’Higgins is highly recommended for cases requiring a leading junior, while Philip Rule is notable for criminal appeals: crossing over with his prison law expertise, he represented the appellant in R v Veysey, which concerned appropriate charges and sentences for offences of throwing faeces and urine at prison officers, known as “potting”.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip RuleNo5 Barristers ChambersThe outstanding prison law Junior. He is very committed to his clients and always willing to go the extra mile. His performances in court are always whole hearted even when the court is obviously against him.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Rule – No5 Barristers Chambers ‘He is frighteningly intelligent and a class advocate. Mr Rule is always the first advocate I turn to in respect of serious and complex cases. He has the ability to communicate with clients in a reassuring but straight forward manner.