Adam is ranked as a 'leader in his field' for his civil liberties and human rights work in Chambers and Partners 2013 and as a 'leading junior' for healthcare law in The Legal 500 He has been appointed to the Attorney General's 'C' panel of counsel to the Crown and is a founding editor of the UK Human Rights Blog, for which he was longlisted for the 2011 Orwell Prize.
Before joining Chambers, Adam graduated from St Anne’s College, Oxford with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and received an MA in International Relations from Columbia University. He also worked as the chair of a national youth organisation.
Public law, public inquiries and Human Rights
Adam has been ranked as a leader in his field for civil liberties and human rights in Chambers and Partners 2013, and has been appointed to the Attorney General's 'C' Panel of Counsel. He regularly appears in High Court Judicial Review proceedings instructed by both claimants and defendants. He has also recently been instructed in a series of major public inquiries:
• Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry - Junior Counsel for the Department of Health. Adam acted for the senior leadership of the NHS, including the Chief Executive, Medical Director, Permanent Secretary and two former Health Ministers, Andy Burnham MP and Ben Bradshaw MP.
• Al-Sweady Public Inquiry into allegations of mistreatment and unlawful killing by British soldiers in Iraq in 2004 - instructed by the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of most of the Army witnesses.
• Baha Mousa Public Inquiry into the use of ‘stress’ and ‘conditioning’ techniques on detainees by the British military in Iraq - instructed by the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of most of the Army witnesses.
He has acted in public law matters involving claims against the police, medical regulators and NHS Trusts, and was instructed by Shelter in one of the first human rights proportionality challenges to a local authority possession claim.
Adam is also a founding editor and regular contributor to the UK Human Rights Blog, a legal update service written by members of 1 Crown Office Row.
He also writes regularly for the Guardian and Legal Week on all aspects of human rights and public law, and comments in a wide range of media.
He has advised Liberty and the Public Law Project on many occasions. In his spare time, he chairs the board of a national youth organisation, and as such has experience in charity and child welfare law.
Healthcare law and inquests
Adam is recommended as a 'leading junior' by The Legal 500 in clinical negligence and healthcare law.
He regularly acts for claimants and defendants in high-value clinical negligence claims and has significant experience in cases involving catastrophic brain injury and maternal death.
Adam is regularly instructed on behalf of doctors and dentists in General Medical Council and General Dental Council cases. He has experience of Interim Orders Panels and Fitness to Practice cases and also regularly advises in matters involving the registration of healthcare professionals.
He is regularly instructed on behalf of families and doctors at coroners inquests and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Protection in relation to unlawful detention claims.
He is a member of the Free Representation Unit, and has appeared for claimants in a number of Social Security appeal tribunals.
Civil law and employment
Adam is regularly instructed in a wide range of civil matters including commercial disputes and high-value personal injury claims. He also undertakes pleading and advisory work.
Civil law: Recently, Adam has successfully represented:
- A major chain of tanning shops in a franchise dispute worth over £100,000
- An airline recruitment agency in a dispute over a £15,000 “finders fee”;
- A £60,000 proprietary estoppel claim over a family house following the death of his client’s father.
He regularly undertakes advisory and court work in contractual and commercial claims.
Personal injury: He regularly advises and represents claimants and defendants in high-value Multi Track and Fast Track personal injury claims.
Employment law: Adam regularly acts for both Claimants and Respondents in employment tribunals. He has recently succeeded at tribunal representing a banker claiming a £150,000 discretionary bonus and a woman who had been unfairly dismissed from a nightclub.
Adam is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2013 in the field of Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent),
BPP Inner Temple Major Scholarship
CPE Diploma in Law (Commendation), City University
Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship
MA International Relations, Columbia University
MA (Oxon) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class Hons.), St Anne College, Oxford University
Adam writes regularly on all aspects of human rights and public law on guardian.co.uk (read his articles here), the UK Human Rights Blog (articles here) and Legal Week (articles here)
Significant cases include the following
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry
Inquest into the death of an 80 year old after an accidental overdose was administered.
Public Inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Baha Mousa
Al-Sweady Public Inquiry
Birch v University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 2237 (QB), consent, and the failure to advise of the relative merits of two alternative procedures.
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