Dermot Keating
  • He has an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and is always keen and willing to help wherever possible.

    Chambers UK 2023, Financial Crime

  • He is an extremely good advocate.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • He is able to strike the balance between seeing the big picture and getting in the detail of the matter. He is excellent on his feet, very strong with witnesses and superbly persuasive.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • Dermot is an extremely calm lawyer with a natural confidence in court. He is hard-working and is able to distil the core facts of a case with ease.

    Legal 500 2022, Fraud Crime 

  • He is clearly meticulous in his preparation and is able to identify pitfalls before they occur.

    Legal 500 2022, Fraud Crime 

  • Good on large-volume evidence cases and patient with clients. He works well with the instructing solicitors and is very good in court. 

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Tactically very astute and has an extremely effective style of cross-examination.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He is calm, focused and makes clients feel at ease. He works hard to secure the best result for clients and has an excellent presence when in court.

    Legal 500 2021, Fraud

  • Always a happy face during the most difficult of cases.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Gives you a road map in terms of where he wants go, works extremely well with clients and is very, very good in court when dealing with judges and the prosecution.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • He cross-examines exquisitely well - he takes points in a very reasonable but effective manner.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • Well organised and hardworking, he has a beautiful advocacy style and carefully prepares his arguments.

    Chamber UK 2019

  • He works extremely hard and has a lovely manner in cross examination.

    Legal 500 2018

  • A highly effective cross-examiner.

    Legal 500 2017

  • Very hardworking and always on top of the material.

    Legal 500 2017

  • He is incredibly hardworking and has a real eye for detail.

    Legal 500

  • Recommend as a leader in Fraud in Legal 500

    Legal 500

Called 1997

Dermot Keating


Acts as leading or junior counsel specialising in serious, complex and sensitive cases.

He has a beautiful advocacy style and carefully prepares his arguments

Principal areas of practice are:

  • Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint proceedings.
  • Trading standards
  • Serious Crime: including Homicide, multi-handed drug importation cases, firearm and kidnap cases.
  • Sexual offences: extensive experience of cases involving young and vulnerable complainants and defendants.
  • Extensive appellant court experience.


Associated Work

Professional Memberships

  • Secretary of Criminal Bar Association (2012-2014 )
  • Committee member of Criminal Bar Association (2009-2015)
  • Committee member of South Eastern Circuit (2009-2012)
  • Inner Temple advocacy and ethics trainer (2010 - present)
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association


  • LLB (Hons) Brunel University


  • Recorder, South Eastern Circuit (2022)
  • Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) (2022)
  • Senior Chair of The Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal (2020)
  • First Tier Tribunal Judge (Social Entitlement Chamber) (2013-present)
  • Chair of the Fitness to Practice Panel, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2013-2022)
  • Legal Advisor, General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC) (2018-present)


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