Barrister Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Year of call: 2000  

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“He’s excellent, extremely thorough and forensic in his approach. A great strategist and an excellent advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

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Overview


What the Directories say:

“His paperwork is outstanding ….” Chambers & Partners (2017)

“Clients just love him. He is really accessible, quick with paperwork and his attention to detail is second to none.” Chambers & Partners (2017)

He is extremely thorough and has an excellent grasp of the medical issues.’ Legal 500 (2017)

He is excellent for unusual and unique inquests.’ Legal 500 (2017)

Extraordinarily meticulous in his advice.’ Legal 500 (2017)

“Clients like and respect him in equal measures; he just instils confidence in everything he does” – Legal 500

“He goes out of his way to assist clients; it definitely feels like a team approach when you have him on board” – Legal 500

“Very forensic in taking us through each step of the case; he is very detailed and able to guide the experts” – Chambers & Partners

Adam has a broad civil practice, incorporating clinical negligence, personal injury and industrial disease, inquests, commercial and sports law.

He acts for both Claimants and Defendants and is regularly instructed to advise, draft documents and to appear in court and before tribunals.

Adam is listed as a leading junior in the areas of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Inquests in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.

Clinical Negligence Commercial Personal Injury Sport

Clinical Negligence


“Very forensic in taking us through each step of the case; he is very detailed and able to guide the experts” – Chambers & Partners (2015)

“He goes out of his way to assist clients; it definitely feels like a team approach when you have him on board” – Legal 500 (2015)

Adam is listed as a leading junior in the area of Clinical Negligence in the 2015 editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.

Adam has extensive experience of advising, drafting, negotiating and appearing in court in a wide variety of clinical negligence matters, including those relating to accident & emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, general and colorectal surgery, oncology, general practice, psychiatry, neurology, obstetrics, gynaecology, foetal medicine and in cases involving the provision of fertility treatment.

Adam is also regularly instructed to appear at Coroners’ inquests in respect of instances of alleged clinical negligence leading to death, which often involve issues arising from Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Memberships


  • AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents)

Inquest & Judicial Review

Inquest & Judicial Review


Adam often appears at Coroners’ inquests in respect of instances of alleged clinical negligence leading to death, some of which involve issues arising from Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Amongst others, Adam has been involved in inquests dealing with the deaths of:

  • A psychiatric patient who was permitted to leave a psychiatric ward as a result of its ‘open door’ policy, after having express suicidal ideation.
  • A child suffering from meningococcal septicaemia, after attending a local Accident & Emergency Department with signs and symptoms of the condition.
  • An elderly patient following the surgical treatment of a hip fracture, which was allegedly sustained during a stay in a nursing home.

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • A failure to diagnose hypoglycaemic episodes consequent on hyperinsulinism in a 9-month old child, leading to significant brain injury.
  • The failure to identify calcium deficiency in a patient who attended Accident & Emergency, leading to hypocalcaemic tetany and a debilitating psychiatric reaction in a high earning individual.
  • The erroneous prescription of antipsychotic medication which was then administered for a protracted period of time and which led to the development of tardive dyskinesia.
  • A failure to manage and treat pancreatitis in an alcoholic patient as a result of the patient exhibiting withdrawal symptoms, with the consequent death of the patient.
  • The failure to diagnose injury to internal organs in Accident & Emergency, following a significant trauma, leading to extensive peritonitis and the need for extensive colorectal surgery, which would otherwise have been avoided.
  • Many cases involving iatrogenic injury in the course of colorectal surgery.

Commercial


Adam has experience of advising, drafting, negotiating and appearing before courts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of areas of commercial law.

In particular, Adam’s experience includes claims involving financial services, consumer credit, agency, the sale, supply and carriage of goods, the provision of services, corporate and personal insolvency, professional negligence and commercial property work.

Adam has most recently been involved in a large number of claims involving the sale of financial products brought against high street lenders, which commonly involve allegations of breach of the Insurance Conduct of Business Rules and/or Sourcebook, unfair relationship claims under s.140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and allegations of unenforceability.

Memberships


  • LCLCBA (London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association)

Commercial Cases


  • Successfully responding to an application for an injunction seeking to prevent a party calling on an undertaking given to them by solicitors.
  • Seeking an order for sale of commercial property held in the joint names of two mining companies.
  • Consumer credit and the requirement to consider the FCA dispute resolution scheme and ADR in payment protection insurance mis-selling cases – reported as Andrew, Draper, Gatley, Shier v Barclays Bank plc; Carroll v Egg Banking plc [2012] CLTL 115, LTL 3/9/12, QBD.
  • A claim of professional negligence against solicitors for failing to ensure that the extent of a title was consistent with planning permission that had been obtained by their property developer client, in the course of a purchase of commercial property.

Personal Injury


Adam is listed as a leading junior for Personal Injury work in the current edition of the Legal 500 directory.

Adam has extensive experience of advising, drafting, negotiating and appearing before courts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of areas of personal injury work. In particular, Adam’s experience includes claims involving occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, product liability, public liability, Highways Act claims and road traffic collisions.

He is regularly involved in advising, drafting and appearing in court and at joint settlement meetings in respect of maximum severity claims and in respect of fatal accidents.

Adam also has particular experience of industrial disease claims, appearing in court in a large number of hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss and work-related upper limb disorder cases, in which liability in relation to systems of work is in issue and in which causation and diagnosis are disputed.

Adam also has experience of acting in a wide variety of military claims, including liability disputes in respect of the provision of appropriate equipment, injury in the course of service, combat immunity issues and advising in respect of complex quantum issues in such cases.

He has wide experience of appearing in claims in which limitation is raised, in which the date of knowledge provisions of the Limitation Act 1980 are relied upon and in which applications are made under s.33 of the 1980 Act to set aside the primary limitation period.

Adam is also regularly instructed to appear at Coroners’ inquests in respect of instances of alleged negligence leading to death, which may involve issues arising from Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and which may require a jury.

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Claims Involving The Military

Claims Involving The Military


Adam has experience of advising, drafting, negotiating and appearing in a wide variety of cases involving the armed forces.

In particular, Adam is familiar with disputes over the provision of suitable equipment, leading to injury during exercises and also while on tour, some of which involving issues of combat immunity.

Adam has experience of claims resulting from the development of non-freezing cold injury and the various issues arising from such claims, including liability disputes over the suitability of equipment, limitation issues and disputes over causation and diagnosis.

The cases in which Adam has been involved have frequently involved complex issues as to quantum, including issues over the point in time that a Claimant would have left the armed forces in any event but for the material injury which resulted in them being downgraded and discharged prematurely.

Personal Injury Cases


  • Organic brain injury caused to a young would-be fireman, as a consequence of a serious road traffic collision, resulting in settlement at £1.6m.
  • Serious head injury involving a fracture of the frontal sinus, sustained during the course of a rugby match and in which the Claimant suffered a significant brain injury.
  • A serviceman who sustained a serious injury to the spine while serving in Afghanistan and in which combat immunity was in issue.
  • Various cases in which soldiers sustained non-freezing cold injuries as a result of the equipment provided to them in the course of exercises.
  • Jury inquest involving the injury and death of a prisoner, raising issues of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Sport


Adam’s practice covers a variety of aspects of sports law and he represents the interests of sports organisations, coaches, teachers and managers in addition to individual sportsmen and women. He provides advice and representation in sports-related personal injury and health and safety law, regulatory and disciplinary matters and in sports-related commercial and employment matters.

Adam’s sporting background is based in dancesport, being a former British National Standard Dancing Champion and former WDSF World Standard Championship Finalist.

Memberships


  • British Association for Sport & Law
  • LCLCBA London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Regulatory & Disciplinary Personal Injury/Health & Safety Commercial & Employment Motor Sport

Regulatory & Disciplinary


Adam has an established background in litigation relating to the regulation of the provision of financial service which has enabled him to develop regulatory aspects of his sports law practice for both individual sportsmen and women, in addition to clubs and organisations.

Personal Injury/Health & Safety


Adam has considerable experience in personal injury and professional negligence law and his expertise in this area complements his practice in sports-related injury and health and safety law.

He has been involved in advising professional sportsmen and women in cases involving career-ending injuries and in representing amateur and professional sportsmen in respect of injuries sustained on the playing field.

Adam accepts instructions from individual sportsmen and women, from organisations and from the promoters of events in all cases of negligence resulting in injury across a range of major professional and amateur sports.

Commercial & Employment


Adam has an established practice in commercial and contractual litigation and has experience of being instructed regularly in High Court applications in commercial and professional negligence disputes. He has experience of advising in relation to contractual disputes between sporting governing bodies.

He also has experience in sports-related employment law issues and has recently advised in relation to a proposed claim relating to the termination of a football player apprenticeship contract as a result of injury sustained during training.

Adam accepts instructions in all areas of sports-related domestic employment law, including unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy and discrimination claims.

Motor Sport


Adam has a long-standing interest in motorsport ranging from F1 through to Formula 3, BTCC, rallying and club-level racing. He accepts instructions involving both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to the automotive and motorsport industries. Those include the provision of advice to and the representation of manufacturers, clubs, promoters, sponsors, individuals, governing bodies and track day operators on a wide variety of commercial, insurance, product liability and employment disputes, as well as in relation to compliance and regulatory matters.

Sport Cases


  • A marshal who suffered significant injury during a national motor rallying event.
  • A young footballer whose apprenticeship contract was terminated, purportedly as a result of injury, when the injury could be demonstrated to be transient and one from which he would probably recover within a reasonable period of time.
  • A quasi-contractual dispute between sporting governing bodies.
  • Commenting on s.69 of the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act 2013, its effect on the six-pack regulations and the potential consequences for sporting governing and regulatory bodies.
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