Barrister Adrian Langdale

Adrian Langdale

Year of call: 1996  


“He is utterly tenacious, and gets exemplary end results with clear and focused thinking.”

Chambers & Partners 2015



A highly experienced, robust, and dogged advocate who specialises in Criminal work. Prosecuting and Defending in a vast array of high profile cases over the years. With expertise and specialism in the areas of Serious Organised Crime and complex fraud, he is regularly instructed as a leading junior in cases of large scale drugs conspiracies, firearms and homicide, as well as defending in cases of complex and international fraud. Adrian is particularly well regarded for his “dogged” cross examination of expert and lay witnesses alike, leading to one commentator comparing his Court skills to being “a bit like watching Neo in The Matrix” running “rings around prosecutors” and being “an extremely persuasive advocate who is always one step ahead. It’s like he’s dodging bullets”.

Listed in Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar, from 2012 to 2018 editions as a “leading Junior for Crime”.

What the Directories say:

Described by Chambers 2018 as: “Esteemed junior with expertise on both sides of complex fraud matters. He also frequently handles white-collar and organised crime cases. Strengths: “With him, it’s a bit like watching Neo in The Matrix. He runs rings around prosecutors and he’s an extremely persuasive advocate who is always one step ahead. It’s like he’s dodging bullets”.

“A great defence advocate” who is “highly respected by the Bench.” – Chambers & Partners 2013

” Sources admire his cross-examination technique and his “ability to ferret anything out of people.” – Chambers & Partners 2012


Complex Fraud Crime

Complex Fraud

Adrian is regularly instructed in cases of complex fraud. In recent years he has led the defence in a series of trials involving alleged ‘Cash for Crash‘ offences.

Complex Fraud Cases

  • R v Wright & Others (2013): Described as “the country’s largest” “Cash for Crash” frauds, involving a multi-million pound fraud against insurance companies, by the use of fake accidents and exaggerated claims. Representing 1 of only 2 Defendants who were acquitted by the jury; out of a total of some 70 Defendants.


Adrian regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and has appeared in the House of Lords. He is often the advocate of choice for those wrongly accused of offences. He is highly regarded for his detailed preparation of a case and his marshalling of the facts, but is respected for his tenacious cross-examination of witnesses. He is regularly instructed in cases of Murder, serious organised crime, people trafficking and large scale drugs production, importation and supply cases both as junior and leading junior Counsel; as well as a recent high profile case involving alleged sexual grooming by a gang.

Adrian has extensive experience in cases involving the successful arguing of the principles and interpretation of Joint Enterprise in English law, including the successful defence of one of the few defendants acquitted by the jury in the 15 handed large scale violent disorder: R v Khan & Others [2016].


  • CBA

Crime Cases

  • R v Krah & Others (2013): Defending the lead defendant in a large scale drug conspiracy – where the Judge stopped the trial following application, upon finding that there had been wide-ranging “short comings” in the police investigation.
  • R v Dejean & Others (2012): A large scale and multi-handed case, with 17 Defendants, arising from the riots of 2011, involving the targeted petrol bombing of a police station, representing the only defendant acquitted by the jury.
  • R v B (2012): Successfully defending Solicitor in large scale multi-handed Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice.
  • R v Barrett (2011):  Defending the lead defendant in a large scale drugs conspiracy, involving region wide distribution of drugs by an organised crime gang.
  • R v Breslin (2011): Murder by shooting.
  • R v Sarpong & Others (2009): Defending one of the accused in the murder of Brendan Lawrence.
  • R v I [2008] EWCA Crim 1113: Prosecution Appeal against a ruling that proceedings amounted to an abuse of process due to delay in historic sexual abuse case.
  • R v James & Others [2008] EWCA Crim 1869: Representing the first appellant in an historic appeal from the CCRC in relation to breaches of pre PACE standards in the case of a high profile attempted murder of a police officer.

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