‘An excellent barrister: a formidable opponent with a charming manner.’Legal 500 2022 Leading Silks
‘Silk who both defends and prosecutes serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience acting in cases of drugs, fraud and deception’Client
‘He is incredibly thorough, and he charms the judges and the jury’Client
‘His strengths are his wealth of experience, his communication skills and ability to make the victims and witnesses feel at ease. He is excellent on his feet’Client
Adam is an associate member of Devon Chambers. Specialising in criminal law and associated quasi-criminal areas, Adam’s practice covers the whole spectrum of criminal cases. His expertise and reputation have led to him being instructed to deal with complex and important cases all over the country, including the Central Criminal Court, the Midlands, Winchester, Bristol, South Wales and the West Country. He also appears in the Court of Appeal. His advocacy, advisory and case presentation skills were publicly recognised by his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
Adam has established himself as one of the leading criminal silks on the Western Circuit. Appearing for both the defence and prosecution, he has conducted cases involving complex expert medical and scientific evidence, particularly those involving the deaths of very young children, murders involving firearms and difficult issues of joint enterprise, and cases requiring sensitive handling of both vulnerable witnesses and defendants. His thorough preparation and detailed knowledge of the factual and legal aspects of the case in hand, coupled with his personable yet tenacious style in court, ensure that his case is put fairly, forcefully and to maximum effect.
In his earlier months in silk, Adam prosecuted in a case involving the traumatic death of a toddler at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, and a gross negligence manslaughter revolving around the duty of care owed by one partner to the other during and after extreme consensual sexual activity. Both cases attracted national media coverage. He has also defended in cases involving serious and historical sexual allegations in combination with more recent predatory sexual assaults, and in a rape which copied internet pornography downloaded by the defendant.
Prior to taking silk, as a junior Adam spent most of his time involved in cases consisting of serious violence and public order; rape and serious sexual allegations (against both adults and children); multiple defendants, drugs, fraud and deception. He has also acted as junior counsel in murder cases. He was regularly instructed as a leading junior in complex, multi-handed cases and, in the last few years, was instructed in a case involving the supply of cocaine and money laundering charges against 11 defendants; a 16-handed Vietnamese cannabis growing and money laundering conspiracy; a nationwide heroin supply conspiracy involving undercover officers; and eight-handed conspiracy to steal and burgle.
Adam has also been involved in a number of cases involving allegations of serious sexual assaults and rape, often involving vulnerable and young victims, as well as historical complaints. This has allowed him to use the expertise he has acquired through involvement with the Western Circuit and Advocacy Training Council (ATC) training programme teaching advocates how best to deal with such witnesses.
In 2010, Adam dealt with a three-month trial that involved allegations of neglect of mentally incapacitated adults who were resident in a home at the time, in what is believed to be the first prosecution of its kind nationally. Complex medical, psychiatric, social care and other technical evidence had to be presented to a jury in relation to a total of 16 residents who, it was said, had been neglected. As well as dealing with criminal offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, this case also dealt with Health and Safety and regulatory issues. As a result of his involvement in this case, Adam was asked to speak at a multi-agency conference organised by Hampshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), dealing with the prosecution of this type of offence, a seminar which was attended by representatives from CPS nationally, social services, local authorities, regulatory bodies and the police.
Adam is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.