Richard Keen QC was appointed Advocate General for Scotland in May 2015. He also became the spokesperson for Ministry of Justice business in the House of Lords in July 2016.
Richard attended The King’s School, Rochester and Dollar Academy, before going on to study law at the University of Edinburgh.
In November 2013 it was announced that Richard would be appointed as the new chairman of the Scottish Conservative party, succeeding David Mundell MP in this role on 1 January 2014.
Richard remained as chairman until his appointment as Advocate General for Scotland in May 2015 when he subsequently resigned.
Richard served as the Lords Spokesperson for the Home Office from April until July 2016.
Career outside politics
After being admitted to the faculty, Richard was a standing junior counsel to the DTI in Scotland from 1986-1993, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. He has served as Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (2000-2004) and as Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal.
Richard has been regularly instructed in the Commercial Court, in the Inner House (the Court of Appeal in Scotland) and in the UK Supreme Court in a range of Commercial and Public Law cases. Richard was elected as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (leader of the Scottish Bar) in 2007 and served as Dean until 2014.
He became a member of the Bar of England and Wales in 2009, and was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, in 2011.
Richard lives in Edinburgh and is married with two children, a son and a daughter.