Top Scottish QC joins Blackstone

Scotland’s leading barrister Richard Keen QC is set to take up membership with Blackstone Chambers.

As dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, Keen effectively heads the Scottish bar. He has been involved in some of the UK’s top cases, including successfully defending Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, who was accused of orchestrating the Lockerbie bombing alongside Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi.

As a Scottish-qualified barrister, Keen was given special dispensation to appear at the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, where he appeared for the family of her ­chauffeur Henri Paul.

Keen took silk in Scotland in 1993 and in 2009 qualified in England and Wales.

He said: “Edinburgh has a well-established commercial court, but there’s a tendency for high-level commercial work to be London-centric. You can’t get away from that.”

Keen will take up full ­tenancy next month, at which time he will cease to be an associate member of 3-4 South Square. He will maintain a relationship with his Edinburgh stable Axiom Advocates.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and an exciting prospect to develop my practice in London,” he added.

Last week (24 January) The Lawyer revealed that movement at the bar had accelerated as a consequence of the litigation boom.