Adrian Farrow

Call 1997

“He is exhausting to be against because he is so good and ahead of the game.”

Chambers and Partners 2021
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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 PL – (Scambuster investigation leading to wide-spread fraud involving servicing and supply of vacuum cleaners to vulnerable members of the public. Heard in Leeds. Client acquitted whilst others convicted read more)

R v X – unique case of the boy who solicited his own murder (read more);

R v Piggott (gangland shooting in Manchester [2005] 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. 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.

Criminal Cases

R v Platt, Platt and Holden – attempted murder in Manchester (2010)

R v Mohammed – £0.5m fraud in Chester (2010)

R v C – serious multi-victim rape and kidnap case in Manchester (2010)

R v Peers – multi-handed copyright conspiracy in Manchester (2010)

R v D – misconduct in a public office by forensic science officer in Warrington (2010)

Operation Tin – multi-handed 14-offence armed robbery conspiracy in Manchester (2010)

R v Robinson – 4-handed Housing Benefit fraud in Bolton (2010)

R v Watchorn – attempted murder in Manchester (2011)

R v DJ & C Foods Limited – defending – Food Safety Act case – craft knife blade in child’s ice-cream in Sheffield (2011)

R v B – £3.8m cigarette and alcohol duty evasion in Manchester (2011)

R v Coffey and others – railway metals theft in Liverpool (2011)

R v Brennan – (Operation Oak) drugs conspiracy in Preston (2012)

R v Longmire & W – historic sexual abuse with complex abuse of process issues in Manchester (2012)

R v Ramsey and others – extensive Class A drugs conspiracy in Birmingham (2012)

R v Nazar – diminished responsibility murder in Manchester (2013)

R v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Officer E and Officer F – fatal shooting of police officer in training in Manchester (2012)

R v Nawaz and others – multi-handed international internet-based finance fraud in Manchester (2013)

R v H – multi-defendant mortgage fraud in Sheffield (2013)

R v S – (Operation Blenheim) national drugs conspiracy in Liverpool (2013)

R v Ali and others – honour violence in Manchester (2013)

R v Wilson-Fletcher – “Debenhams rape” in Manchester (2013)

R v Temple – making explosives in Manchester (2013)

R v Ainger and others – tobacco duty evasion in Leeds (2014)

R v Koky and others – gang rape in Manchester (2016)

R v Cousins and others – Cannabis conspiracy and conspiracy to commit misconduct
in public office jointly charged with a serving police officer in Manchester (2016)

R v Boos – knife murder in Manchester (2016)

R v PL – Scambuster investigation leading to wide-spread fraud involving servicing and supply of vacuum cleaners to vulnerable members of the public. Heard in Leeds. Client acquitted whilst others convicted: