Adrian has a regulatory practice at the highest level both locally and nationally. He specialises in the most challenging and difficult cases. He has extensive appellate experience both in Judicial Review in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.
Adrian has ability and experience in the most complicated of cases. These include cases that are factually complex due to either the allegation made or the sheer volume of material. He has the ability to digest, then marshal, and then explain a huge volume of evidence.
Adrian is also someone who can understand and convey the most intellectually complicated issues – such as complex regulatory offences, fraud, gross negligence, or misconduct in public office. He has the strong ability to understand the complex, and then convey it in clear and simple terms.
He is sought out and instructed by specialist organisations for these skills, be it Local Authorities, or defending for specialist solicitors, or other regulatory bodies.
Adrian is also experienced in Health and Safety work and workplace fatalities. He practised in personal injury work at a very high level for many years whilst at the junior bar. His expertise extends from the Coroner’s Court to the Crown Court and the High Court. He adds to that knowledge that the interpersonal skills and robustness of an established silk.
Adrian has experience of all aspects of Consumer Protection work. This includes offences arising out of misleading price indications, trade description and Trademark and Copyright offences, and all offences of general dishonesty and fraud. To this technical expertise he adds the court craft of a recognised advocate.
Adrian has a very great deal of experience in representing professionals before their professional regulatory tribunals. He has represented company directors, teachers and professional international sportsmen. He is first choice counsel for the Police Federation and enjoys a national reputation that attracts some of their most high profile, complicated and delicate work.
He takes pride in his relations with his clients and his ability to build and lead a team.
“A great tactician.”
Legal 500 2020
Professional discipline – band 1. A highly regarded silk with a focus on the representation of police officers at all levels of the disciplinary process, including Police Appeals Tribunals, misconduct panels and the High Court. He is also known for his expertise in handling cases concerning misconduct in public office and the legal sector. “He is always exceptionally well prepared.”
Chambers and Partners 2019
Listed as a tier 1 silk in Regulatory and Health and Safety work.
Legal 500 – 2019
Professional Discipline Band 1 and Crime band 2. “He has a nice, easy-going style but is robust in court and gets very good results.” “He is reassuring to clients, charming and persuasive, and has a superb tactical approach.”
Chambers UK 2018
Listed as a leading silk in Regulatory and Health and Safety Work, “Experienced in complex regulatory matters.”
Legal 500 – 2017
Professional Discipline (band 1), Police Law and Crime. “He is a terrific advocate, takes proper points and has a lovely touch with the courts”. “He’s impressive because he’s not fazed by anything”. “A respected presence … who handles complex criminal cases both locally and nationally”. “He is noted for his diligent approach and his attention to detail by his peers”
Chambers UK 2016
“He has vast expertise in representing police officers in professional disciplinary matters.”
Legal 500 2016 (Regulatory - tier 1 leading silk)
“Practices at the highest level, locally and nationally.”
Legal 500 2016 (Crime - tier 1 leading silk)
Re R (Westminster Magistrates 2018/9)
Successfully represented a property development company and its director facing a private prosecution, and then obtained their costs on its discontinuance.
R v W (2019 – York)
Insurance backed defence of a disabled pensioner charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
R v B (2018 Cambridge)
Insurance back defence of a mini cab driver alleged to have ejected a drunken woman from his car whilst it was moving and causing serious injury.
Re G (2018)
Represented a major haulier for Amazon in proceedings before the Traffic commissioner seeking to revoke their operating licence.
Re G (2018)
Successfully represented one of three serving officers charged with perjury at an Inquest in a 2 month disciplinary hearing. That dealt with the high profile death in custody of Kingsley Burrell. The case received a very large amount of media interest.
R v H (2018/9)
Represented a police officer charged with the attempted murder of his wife by strangulation.
Re L (High Court 2018/9)
Represented a police officer judicially reviewing his dismissal, and also challenging the appeal findings of the Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal.
Middlesbrough Football Club (Nottingham 2018)
Represented the Club avoiding payment of a quarter of a million pounds to a player intermediary convicted of fraud.
R v Jeffrey (Birmingham 2018)
Insurance backed defence of a professional lorry driver charge with causing serious injury by his dangerous driving on the M42.
R v MA Excavations (Bolton 2018)
Represented the Company in relation to the lifting of the financial penalty arising out of a work place death prosecuted under the health and safety act.
Wilkes v Others (2017)
Represented several serving police officers facing a private prosecution by a member of the public.
SRA v HM (2017 SDT)
Represented Mr H a solicitor of 30 years before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He had been charged with the misuse of client account money. The case was very complicated in both its factual detail and by the complexity of the very large number of over lapping allegations made.
Coughlan v NCA (2017 High Court)
Represented Mr Coughlan seeking to commit a serving officer of the NCA to prison for contempt of court for dishonesty in a proceeds of crime hearing. The case was the first of its type. It involved an analysis of the alleged criminal financial misconduct.
Andrei Pavlov (2016)
Advised Mr Pavlov who was the alleged assassin by poisoning regarding participation in the Inquest of the high profile death of Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy.
Re J (2016)
Advised a professional football support company on it’s application to the SRA to become registered.
R v NM (Birmingham 2016)
Successfully represented an Assistant Chief Constable charged with criminal offences.
R v Reynolds (Worcester 2016)
Defence of a financial adviser charged with fraud. Overlap with FSA allegations.
R v W and R v F (Old Bailey 2015)
Defended 2 separate News International Journalist including the Suns Chief News Reporter over several months charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office as part of Operation Elveden.
Instructed by the Chief Constable of Warwickshire in the Judicial review.
In the Matter of S 2014
Represented Staffordshire County Council before the Regulatory Powers Tribunal.
Operation Springtide (Stafford Crown Court 2013/4)
Prosecuted a 4 month Fraudulent Trading trial involving the commercial miss selling of electrical goods imported from China. Expert accountancy evidence was key. All defendants were convicted of all counts.
R v F 2013
Leading Court of Appeal authority upon misconduct in a public office.
Re O – 2011
Leading counsel representing a serving police officer being investigated for criminal health and safety offences arising out of the fatal shooting of a fellow officer on a firearms training exercise. Adrian represented the officer at the 2 month Inquest.
Re X - 2011
Represented an Olympic horseman before the British Equestrian Federation disputing selection for the European Championships.
Inquest of Jason Pearce (Shropshire Coroners Court 2011)
Inquest arising out of a death in custody linked to drug induced excited delirium. The case involved an in depth consideration of methods of restraint and excited delirium.
R v Munir Ali (2010)
Successful prosecution of the son of a councillor charged with election fraud.
Operation Calliper (2010)
Prosecution counsel. Allegation of bank fraud by bank employees and money laundering amounting to GBP 1.5 million. Six defendants.
R v Mangat (2010)
Prosecution counsel. Court of Appeal hearing challenged the conviction of a nurse convicted of gross negligence medical manslaughter.
Operation Segmen (2009)
Leading prosecution counsel in a SOCA investigation into the largest drug dealing and money laundering gang in Bristol. This was the highest grade of SOCA work upon which the Home Secretary was briefed regularly. The case is now used as a training template. Eight defendants.
R v W (2009)
Leading defence counsel. The acquittal of a serving police officer accused of assisting her son’s murder of the model Amy Leigh Jones in Manchester.
R v Priya Ramnath (2009)
Junior Prosecution counsel. The gross negligence manslaughter by an anaesthetist of her patient.
Operation Budapest (2008)
Junior prosecution counsel. The prosecution of an entire Outlaws Chapter for the shooting of a Hells Angels biker on the M40. The largest investigation ever undertaken by Warwickshire police. Received a Chief Constables Commendation.
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
MA (Hons) Trinity Hall, Cambridge.