Richard Keen

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Richard Keen
Preceded by Roy Martin
Personal details
Born Richard Sanderson Keen
(1954-03-29) 29 March 1954 (age 60)
Spouse(s) Jane Anderson
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Profession Advocate

Richard Sanderson Keen QC (born 29 March 1954) is a Scottish lawyer and Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

Keen was educated at The King's School, Rochester and Dollar Academy, and studied at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh, where he was a Beckman scholar. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1980 and was appointed a QC in 1993.[1]

Legal experience[edit]

Keen served as standing junior counsel in Scotland to the Department of Trade and Industry from 1986–93, and is chairman of the appeals committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He specialises in commercial law, property law and administrative law.

He defended Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah at the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, with Fhimah being acquitted of all charges.[2] In 2007, he represented Henri Paul's family in a case about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.[2] Keen represented the Scottish football club Rangers at their unsuccessful appeal against a one year transfer/registration embargo which was held on May 16th, 2012.[3] Rangers subsequently reappealed the decision commencing on May 25, 2012, with this appeal proving successful.[4]

He is currently representing Andy Coulson in relation to perjury charges. [5][6]

For a time he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, in January 2014 he stood down and became chair of the Scottish Conservative Party. [7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Keen married Jane Anderson in 1978, with whom he has a son and a daughter. His interests include golf, skiing, shooting and opera, whilst he is a member of the New Club, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, and the Golf House, Elie. He is one of the highest earners in Scotland, being featured on a list of the top 100 earners in 2003, and is said to enjoy fast cars.[9]


  1. ^ "Richard S. Keen Q.C.: Building & Construction, Commercial, Constitutional, Judicial Review, Oil & Gas". The Faculty of Advocates. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Scottish bar names Richard Keen QC as new head". The Lawyer. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Keen Leads Appeal". Glasgow Rangers Football Club. 15 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rangers win court challenge over SFA ban". BBC. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Andy Coulson appears in court on perjury charge", BBC News (Glasgow and West Scotland), 18 June 2013
  6. ^ "Andy Coulson appears in court on perjury charge", The Herald (Glasgow), 18 June 2013
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  8. ^ Keen is new Dean : News : The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
  9. ^ "Who earns what - part 2 - Top stories". 18 September 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2013.