Adam specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and police law. He has substantial trial and inquest experience, and is used as an independent adviser to a leading insurance provider on funding issues in very high value cases. He also has a niche practice in enforcement law, having guided some of the main players through the important changes in this area of law, and drafting guidance/the Code of Practice for CIVEA, the industry trade body.
He has recently been active in the appellate courts in Brown v Commissioner of Police  EWHC 2016 (QB) and Pal v Commissioner of Police  EWHC 2988 (QB) which looked, respectively, at exceptions to QOCS, and freedom of expression in a social media context.
Adam has excellent trial management skills, and is comfortable in multi-expert cases. At his suggestion in a recent case, audio-vestibular experts were “hot-tubbed” on the basics of audio-vestibular medicine, cutting down cross-examination time significantly. He regularly speaks at AvMA events, most recently on data protection issues.
Adam’s practice is focused on acquired brain injury, and cases where amputation has resulted, or is threatened. Increasingly – and in parallel with brain injury – he has wide experience in audio-vestibular medicine and PoTS (positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). He is familiar with many of the experts in those fields. Audiovestibular medicine, which is poorly understood, will become an increasing feature of brain injury cases.
He regularly appears for families at inquests, and builds an excellent rapport with them. As a highly experienced trial advocate, he is ideally suited to inquests, particularly infant deaths, where tact and subtlety, as well as an ability to get to the real issues, are key.
Adam regularly represents families at Coroners inquests with a focus on infant and elderly deaths. He is familiar with “track and trigger” protocols where scores on vital signs should lead to an escalation and involvement of medical staff, but frequently do not.
He has a broad judicial review practice.
Adam’s practice is roughly an equal Claimant/Defendant split in terms of workplace and road traffic accidents. He represents claimants where the injury is sustained abroad. He acts in high value road traffic accidents, often for the Metropolitan Police, where officers on emergency calls – and so exempt from normal traffic regulation – collide with, and injure or kill, other road users.
Adam is a recognised leader in the field of police law. He represents the police in civil actions alleging assault/battery, personal and psychiatric injury, usually Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. CS spray and Taser injuries are common. Unlike a conventional personal injury trial – which is Judge only – civil actions against the police are often heard by a jury, and require a more subtle approach. That is so because the jury has a power to award aggravated or exemplary damages to reflect the circumstances in which the injury happened.
Adam also represents the police in fatal/non-fatal road traffic accidents.
Adam represents families of those killed in workplace accidents such as falls from height and releases of toxic gas. He appears for the Metropolitan Police in fatal road traffic accidents.
Adam acted pro bono for the claimant in a personal injury action where he fraudulently claimed that his serious ankle injury was caused by tripping in a pothole. He had in fact fallen from a wall when drunk; a matter discovered late and only after an admission of liability. The case is reported: Havering London Borough Council v Mark Bowyer  EWHC 2237 (Admin). The claimant was sentenced to a short term of immediate imprisonment.
Adam has advised the Metropolitan Police in a series of alleged “crash for cash” claims.
Adam is a recognised leader in the field of police law. He is part of a core group which is able to draw on the talent and expertise of established criminal and public law teams.
His practice spans:
His public law practice, generated substantially by his police work, has expanded to include a wide range of judicial review challenges.
Adam’s judicial review practice developed from his appearance for the Metropolitan Police in the series of challenges by the late Brian Haw, and those who took over his demonstration, to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 and then the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Those cases went directly to the tension between Article 10 and 11 rights of freedom of expression and assembly, and the political will to regulate those rights, and impose restrictions on demonstrations in Parliament Square. There is ongoing litigation.
His judicial review now spans:
Adam regularly represents families at inquests into deaths in custody. Recent inquests include a case of a man smuggling strychnine into custody at a Crown Court, having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and a female lifer hanging herself a matter of days before release. Adam has recently been instructed by G4S after a death in a private prison where the cause of death is presently unknown, but may be epilepsy related.
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