Adrian has been an exclusively criminal practitioner since 1988. He began his legal life as a solicitor before becoming a barrister in 1997.
His experience covers the complete spectrum of criminal offences, including homicide (incorporating fatal driving and gross negligence health and safety cases), drugs, fraud, firearms, serious sexual offences and confiscation. With a great deal of experience as a led junior, he is now most frequently instructed in “senior junior” work alone or as a leading junior.
Adrian’s practice is balanced equally between prosecution and defence work. His defence practice profile incorporates the same comprehensive range of work. Notable defence cases include:
R v X – unique case of the boy who solicited his own murder (read more);
R v Piggott (gangland shooting in Manchester  All ER (D) 46),
R v S R (nightclub murder in Bradford);
R v Wilson-Fletcher (high-profile “Debenhams” rape in Manchester read more);
R v H (widescale fraud by mortgage broker in Sheffield);
R v F (bank manager accused of fraud on the bank in Southwark);
R v K (young man accused of the murder of his best friend in Manchester);
R v I M (biggest “legal highs” case in England, heard in Bolton read more);
R v Wilson (illegal money-lending in Manchester read more);
R v Boos (knife murder in Moss Side)
He is a Category 4 prosecutor and is on the Attorney General’s list. As such, he is regularly instructed in complex, high profile, sensitive and multi-handed cases.
Adrian has for many years undertaken criminal work originating from local authorities. His experience of fraud, confiscation, copyright, trading standards, health and safety and food safety cases makes him counsel of choice by defence and prosecutions alike.
With a reputation for hard work, thorough preparation and effective advocacy, Adrian is always in demand as an approachable criminal practitioner in chambers. Adrian is registered with the Bar Council to undertake Direct Access work. With a reputation for hard work, thorough preparation and effective advocacy, Adrian is always in demand as an approachable criminal practitioner in chambers. He is strategically aware and has a clear, calm manner in what are often hugely complex cases. He effortlessly combines intellect with insight to bring rarely seen detail to his cases.