Adrian has been an exclusively criminal practitioner since 1988. Adrian’s criminal and regulatory work frequently overlaps with the associated Coroner’s inquests.
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.
Adrian has Coroners Court experience and has undertaken training in inquest work. The sensitivity and specialised nature of inquest proceedings require not only in-depth knowledge of the law, but in addition, the ability to deal with practical issues and expert evidence – all areas of strength for Adrian.
Recent advice and representation has included inquests into workplace electrocution and fall from height on a building project. Adrian’s health and safety practice meshes comfortably with his inquest work.
Adrian has been appointed to sit as an Assistant Coroner.
In the high-profile prosecution of Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable and his officers for the fatal shooting of a police officer during a police firearms training exercise, Adrian defended the two police officers who were charged with health and safety breaches. The prosecution followed the inquest and the inquest evidence was a vital part of the defence preparation for the criminal prosecution.
Similarly, in advising a Local Authority in connection with an investigation into a choking incident at a care home, Adrian undertook a review of the factual and medical evidence heard at the inquest in considering the evidence for a health and safety prosecution.