James Keeley

James Keeley

James Keeley is an elected member of the Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association. All views are his own.

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Social mobility and the JAC

Has the Judicial Appointments Commission succeeded in breaking down barriers in selection in terms of socio-economic disadvantage? asks James Keeley

15 December 2023

Marathon man

Long distance running can be very much like life at the Bar

30 May 2019

Can we fix it? Yes we can

Reports come thick and fast of crumbling courts and inhumane conditions whilst 50% of the magistrates’ court estate is sold off for luxe developments. If the Ministry of Justice won’t fix things, might localisation be the answer?

18 April 2019

Is social mobility dead?

What’s your view on social mobility and its vital signs at the Bar? Michael Todd QC, Leslie Thomas QC, Alice de Coverley, Daisy Mortimer, Dr Tunde Okewale MBE, Sharon Laurence and James Keeley assess its state of health

20 March 2018

Breaking the silence

A woman who defied death threats to give evidence in a landmark ‘honour killing’ case turned trainer when agencies failed to learn lessons from the case. By James Keeley

A few months ago I met one of the bravest women I know. 

29 August 2017
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Time for change and investment

The Chair of the Bar sets out how the new government can restore the justice system

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