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Dominic Ruck Keene

Call:  2012


Dominic is developing a varied practice in all areas of Chambers' work, in particular inquests, human rights and public law, personal injury and clinical negligence, environmental law, disciplinary and employment. 


Dominic regularly appears on behalf of families, GPs, and Trusts at inquests. He is developing a particular specialism in inquests into mental health patients, and has appeared at Article 2 and jury inquests into the deaths of both formally and informally admitted mental health patients, as well those being treated in the community.

Human Rights / Public Law

Dominic as a former Regular Army officer and current Reservist Army Officer has a particular interest and expertise in cases involving the military and national security issues. Dominic is Security Cleared. 

Dominic has been instructed by the MOD in a number of cases brought of behalf of injured or killed servicemen. In Together with David Evans QC, Dominic was instructed in the lead test cases for the application of negligence to combat operations following the decision of the Supreme Court in Smith and Ors v Ministry of Defence (No 2) regarding the extent of the MOD’s duty of care under Article 2 to soldiers on operations. Dominic has represented both applicants seeking leave to remain and also the Home Secretary in immigration proceedings before both the Immigration Appeal Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.

Clinical Negligence / Personal Injury

Dominic appears for both Claimants and Defendants, and regularly advises and drafts pleadings across the entire spectrum of clinical negligence and personal injury (including construction site accidents).

Together with Elizabeth-Ann Gumbel QC, and other barristers from 1 COR, Dominic is currently instructed in respect of test cases being brought on behalf of hundreds of claimants against a consultant breast surgeon (Mr Ian Paterson) for negligent treatment spanning a decade given to both NHS and private patients.

Environment Law

Dominic is building an environmental practice, focussing particularly on cases involving the intersection of negligence and environmental contamination, and combining  broader public and environmental legal issues.

Dominic is currently instructed as part of a team of barristers representing a coalition of NGOs seeking to challenge the Welsh Government’s proposed M4 relief road. 

Together with David Hart QC and Claire McGregor, Dominic was recently instructed in a major environmental case involving the contamination of ground water by PFOS containing products.

Together with David Hart QC and Amelia Walker, Dominic advised on the merits of bringing a challenge to the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Disciplinary/ Employment

Dominic is building a practice representing professionals and employees engaging in disciplinary and employment proceedings.

Dominic has appeared before the GMC, as well as representing claimants at the Employment Tribunal, and representing a potentially affected person at an Army Board of Inquiry into alleged discrimination and mismanagement.

Other Experience

Prior to coming to the Bar, Dominic served for five years as a Regular Army Officer in 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. His military experience included an operational deployment to Afghanistan as a Mastiff Troop Leader, and culminated as ADC to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations). While serving in the Army, Dominic was selected to study for an MA in War in the Modern World by distance learning from King’s College London, in which he achieved a Merit.

Dominic is still a serving Officer in the Army Reserves, and currently is Officer Commanding of the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry, a Reserve Light Cavalry Squadron based in Croydon.


ADR Group Accredited Mediator (2012)
Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent – BPP, London (2012)
MA War in the Modern World, Merit – King’s College London (2011)
Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction – City University (2005)
MA (Oxon) Modern History First Class – St Peter’s College, Oxford (2004)

Prizes and Awards

Lord Denning Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn (2011)
Lord Haldane Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn (2005)
Smith Prize for History and College Scholar - St Peter’s College (2002)
British Army University Bursar (2001)
British Army Sixth Form Scholar (1998)
Eton College Oppidan Scholarship (1995)


Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
UK Environmental Law Association

Significant cases include the following

  • Inquest into the death of Daniel Chapman – appeared for NHS Trust in inquest into death of mental health patient who died while being treated in the community and living in supported accommodation from an overdose of legal highs. 
  • Inquest into the death of George Sutcliffe – appeared for family in inquest into death of elderly patient where issues over whether should have been discharged earlier and avoided terminal decline while admitted.
  • Inquest into the death of Glenn Jordan – appeared for family in inquest into death of informal admitted mental health patient who hung himself while in hospital. 
  • Inquest into the death of Davindar Lal Seth – appeared for family in inquest into the death of a patient who aspirated vomit while in intensive care and suffered cardiac arrest.
  • Inquest into the death of Sally Ahmed-Chamberlain – appeared for hospital in inquest into suicide of someone previously under care of mental health services. 
  • Inquest into the death of Henry Hughes – appeared for hospital in inquest into death of informal admitted mental health patient who hung himself while on leave from hospital.


Other information

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