Keith Yardy (Member)

Keith Yardy (Member)

Date of call: 1988 (Inner Temple)

Qualifications: LLB (Hons)

Areas of Practice:

  • Crime 


Keith was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple on 28th July 1988 and spent his early years at 3 Dr Johnson's Buildings, where he largely undertook criminal defence work. Until recently, he was employed as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and crown Advocate with Kent CPS. Keith therefore has a wealth of experience of both defence and prosecution work. Keith's practice is now once again focussed on criminal defence work and he is regularly instructed in some of the most serious cases. 

Keith has mentored a number of junior members of the Bar and has been responsible for training other lawyers in various disciplines, including 'hate crime' (one of Keith's specialist areas), bad character, hearsay and advocacy. 

Keith's interests include: fly and sea fishing, skiing and looking after and exercising his horse.


Cases of Note

R v W and L - 2017 - Maidstone Crown Court

Although the Judge did not accede to Keith’s invitation to stop the prosecution case against Ms Whiting for robbery and section 18 GBH after the complainant had given evidence , the Prosecution on the following day offered no evidence in relation to both offences for the reasons given in my invitation.

R v B - 2017 - Central Criminal Court

After a 3 day trial the Jury unanimously found the Defendant not guilty of attempted rape.

R v C - 2017 - Canterbury Crown Court

After a 3 day trial the Jury unanimously found the Defendant not guilty of section 18 GBH , section 20 GBH ,Dangerous driving , driving whilst disqualified ,having an offensive weapon and witness intimidation.

R v W - 2017 - Central Criminal Court

After serving a very late Defence statement which had been drafted in accordance with the client’s instructions and the contents of which appeared at first glance  to be implausible , the Prosecution on the day of trial offered no evidence on 16 out of the 17 counts on the indictment (offences were theft , robberies ,armed robbery , assault and witness intimidation) with the client pleading guilty to the remaining count  shoptheft of 2 bottles of scotch.

R v G - 2017 Canterbury Crown Court

After a 3 day appeal against conviction in an acrimonious neighbour harassment case in which the client’s appeal was allowed and the Restraining Order discharged , the CPS finally offered no evidence on a charge of breach of the Restraining Order which had been preferred after the appeal but which was said to have happened months before the appeal after sustained Defence representations about the weakness of the evidence. This was shortly before the Crown Court trial.


Keith speaks French and Spanish.

Memberships: The Criminal Bar Association, The South Eastern Circuit, Kent Bar Mess, Kent Wildlife Trust, the Wild Trout Trust, Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group, Harlequin (Rugby) Football Club, The British Horse Society and the Pagan Federation.


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