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”.
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
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.
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 .