John Keal > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
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John practises in all areas of crime and business crime.


John Keal is an experienced criminal barrister who both prosecutes and defends in the most serious types of criminal cases. His attention to detail and meticulous preparation are most apparent in the more complex cases, while his approach to cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses has regularly been singled out for praise.

John is regularly instructed both to prosecute and defend in the most serious types of criminal cases, including murder, rape and other sexual offences, human trafficking and other types of serious organised crime. John also has vast experience in complex fraud cases, both as trial advocate and as disclosure counsel.

Described by Lord Justice Golding as showing “conspicuous ability” in terms of both his oral and written advocacy [R v Roberts (Neil Daniel)] [2011] EWCA Crim 2974], John combines a natural aptitude inside the courtroom with diligence and acumen.

Feedback from Detective Inspector, Complex Abuse Unit Surrey in the case of R v Chilcott and Pusey:

“Can I take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to yourself [Chris May] and of course John Keal for your handling of this very difficult and complex case. You have been superb and have delivered a prosecution of the utmost quality. It has been a pleasure working with you.”


  • John was called to the Bar in 2004.
  • Level 3 Advocate on the CPS Panel of Approved Counsel.
  • Level 3 Specialist Fraud Advocate on the CPS panel of approved counsel.