Barrister Adrian Langdale

Adrian Langdale

Year of call: 1996  


“Esteemed junior with expertise on both sides of complex fraud matters”

Chambers & Partners 2018



Adrian Langdale is 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”.

Grade 4 – Serious Crime Panel

Grade 4 – Counter Terrorism Panel

What the Directories say:

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”. – Chambers & Partners 2018

“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

Financial Crime

Financial Crime

Adrian is regularly instructed in cases of high profile or complex white-collar crime, including multi-handed boiler room frauds and one of the Countries largest prosecutions for ‘Cash for Crash’, in which he successfully defended one of the main defendants and manager of what had been alleged to have been a multi-million pounds claims firm. In a recent ‘boiler-room’ fraud, he defended a key defendant in an international ring based in Thailand and using the banking systems of numerous jurisdictions to launder money from victims across the globe.

Financial Crime Cases

  • R v TM (2017): The large-scale defrauding of a medical provisions company by their head accountant.
  • R v Christopher Watson (2016): Defending the Finance Director of the Dragon’s Den star; Duncan Bannatyne in relation to the £8m fraud against various Bannatyne companies.
  • R v Graham Mills & Others (Op Handa) (2013): Defending one of the main defendants in a vast world wide ‘boiler room’ fraud – The loss occasioned by the conspiracy was put at a minimum of £11.9 million pounds. There were at least 122 victims in numerous countries around the world.
  • R v Paul Jonathon Wright & Others (2013): A 60 handed “Cash for Crash” at the time the biggest of its kind in the Country, successfully Defending the Manager of a Claims Company over a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court. The kingpins were alleged to be a family with close ties to organised crime.


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].


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Crime Cases

  • R v Chuan fang ZHENG (2017): Prosecuting a Manslaughter case involving baby-shaking and the death of a young baby at the hands of her aunt. The case involved an array of expert evidence covering various areas of expertise.
  • R v Dutt & Others (Op Coast) (2017): Leading Counsel in the prosecution of a 15 handed drugs conspiracy supplying millions of pounds worth of Class A drugs from Leicester across the Country.
  • R v Atherton & Others (Op Wessex) (2017): Leading Junior in the defence of the second defendant on the Indictment, in a case involving the alleged supply of in excess of 350Kg of imported cocaine nationwide.
  • R v Ajay JETHA (2016): Prosecuting Counsel in the prosecution of a “dangerous” and predatory pedophile who abducted a young child in a park and subjected them to sexual abuse leading to a life sentence.
  • R v Christopher Magee & Others (2016): Successfully leading the prosecution in an 8 handed prosecution for Attempted Murder, Acid Attack and Arson of a gang which were directed from prison by the main defendants to intimidate the victim of an initial attempted murder, leading to conspiracies to attack the victim with acid and culminating in an Arson attack on her address. Leading to a life sentence for the main defendant.
  • R v Stray & Others (Op Calzone) (2016): Leading Counsel in the prosecution of a 21-handed conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs.
  • R v LL (Op Eased) (2016): Successfully defending the main defendant in a large-scale drugs and firearms conspiracy.
  • R v Furniss & Others (2015): Successfully defending the second defendant on murder charge, in a case involving an alleged “contract killing” (also the leading case for PPE).
  • 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 by the South Eastern regional crime squad.
  • 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 nationwide distribution of drugs by an ‘infamous’ 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.

How to get in touch

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