Paul Keleher QC
  • Sharp-witted and an excellent performer before a jury. A good and thoughtful tactician.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He has a good tactical brain and is devastating in a cut-throat situation.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A robust advocate who is great on disclosure issues.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Ranked as a Leading Silk in Crime.

    Legal 500 2020

  • A very understated but effective advocate who works in a quiet and inscrutable way. He's a good, thoughtful tactician.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • Paul is unafraid to take tricky and challenging legal points and rapidly brings great clarity to complex legal issues.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • Great on disclosure issues.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • Ranked as a Leading Silk in Crime.

    Chambers UK 2019

  • His advocacy is understated but effective and is always on top of the law and unflappable.

    Legal 500 2018

  • Unflappable in the face of glaring publicity.

    Legal 500

  • His advocacy is effective and understated.

    Legal 500

Called 1980

Silk 2009

Paul Keleher QC


Paul Keleher QC appears in Chambers & Partners in the ‘Leaders at the Bar’ section. He has appeared as leading counsel in recent years in many high profile and complex cases.

Recommended as a leader in crime in Chambers UK.

Whatever the nature of the offence charged or the circumstances of his client, Paul Keleher is greatly respected for his commitment to the case, sympathetic manner and client-handling skills. He never forgets the paramount importance of each case to each individual client. This level of concern for the client translates into a fearless and determined attitude towards the prosecution at every stage of the proceedings, from pre-charge to the ultimate outcome of the case. His approach to the case is never less than total commitment, offering all necessary support to the client. He is particularly respected for his meticulous approach to the evidence, his incisive cross examination and is acknowledged as having considerable knowledge in various areas of expert evidence including digital and computer evidence and forensic science.

He is recognised as not only an outstanding trial advocate but also for his interest in the practice and development of the law. From being awarded a First in Company Law, specialising in insider dealing whilst still an undergraduate to writing and lecturing on various aspects of criminal law, Paul Keleher has maintained an interest in the development of the criminal law.

He is much in demand as a lecturer on a variety of subjects that have seen extensive reforms in recent years, including disclosure under the CPIA, the effect of the bad character provisions of the CJA, the current law on hearsay and the right of silence.

He has been involved in consultation with the government over many areas of law reform, as well as submitting responses to the Law Commission.

Articles & Publications

  • Author of Archbold Practical Research Paper on Disclosure which was published in 1999. The DPP provided copies of this paper to all CPS branches for guidance pending the issue on 29th November 1999 of the Attorney General’s new guidelines on pre-trial disclosure. Has also contributed to the Solicitors Journal and the Money Laundering Bulletin.

Associated Work

  • Speaker in Recent Developments in Sentencing at Criminal Law Friends Society London Autumn Conference 2016.
  • Speaker on Recent Developments in Homicide at LCCSA European Conference 2014 in Alicante, Spain.
  • Member of the Bar Council's Legal Services Committee
  • Bar Council Representative on Criminal Contracts Consultative Group
  • Member of the Bar Council's Direct Contracting Supervisory Committee
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association Committee
  • CBA Representative on MoJ Committee for Digital Working
  • On the review panel of the Bar Pro Bono scheme

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association