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Adam works in public and human rights law, focusing on the rights of people who are disadvantaged, marginalised or vulnerable. Also a practising doctor, he is often instructed in cases that draw on his medical expertise. Health-related matters, prison law and general judicial review make up a large part of his practice. He has represented clients before bodies ranging from parole boards to the UK Supreme Court.
Chambers & Partners has recommended Adam for Administrative & Public Law and for Civil Liberties & Human Rights from the earliest opportunity, and named him as one of its ten Stars at the Bar of Five Years’ Call and Under.
As well as acting for individuals, Adam has been instructed by organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Campaign Against Arms Trade, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the British Humanist Association.
Adam also works as a GP. He has previously worked for an NHS service for people with drug problems. He has much experience of, and values, working for people who may face particular difficulties dealing with the justice system. He is pleased to be a legal aid lawyer. Adam enjoys working closely and informally with solicitors and clients. He can accept direct access instructions.
Adam has degrees in law, medicine, physiology, and comparative social research. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Newcastle and Lancaster, and trained volunteers for the Free Representation Unit and for Medical Justice. He was the author of the Oxford Handbook of Patients’ Welfare, a doctors’ guide to patients’ social and economic rights, and has written for national newspapers. He spent seven years on the board of Legal Action Group, and four years as an elected member of Oxford City Council. He’s a fellow of the Royal College of GPs.
Chambers & Partners 2013 named Adam as one of its ‘Stars at the Bar’ of five years’ call and under.
‘He is an incredibly impressive, intelligent and dedicated lawyer.’ ‘A rising star at Matrix Chambers.’ Chambers & Partners 2016.
‘He’s a very clever man who’s great to work with, and a great street-fighting barrister who doesn’t take any nonsense.’ ‘… attracts strong praise for his expertise in tackling public law proceedings turning on medical evidence … His being a GP is completely invaluable in that it’s like having a barrister and an expert rolled up in one person.’ ‘He is almost unique in the depth of his knowledge of medical issues and their overlap with the law.’ Chambers & Partners 2015.
“… ‘amazing with clients’ … ‘incredibly intelligent … With him on your side you are always at an advantage’.” Chambers & Partners 2014.
“… ‘he brings a real expertise that you can’t find anywhere else’ … ‘he is great at explaining matters and getting judges to understand complex medical issues’ … He combines considerable intellect, brings a unique perspective and expertise, and ‘has a really good style with clients — he makes them feel relaxed, and makes an effort to understand everything about them.’” Chambers and Partners Stars at the Bar Five Years’ Call and Under 2013.
“… his broad claimant judicial review practice quite clearly benefits from his extraordinary professional and intellectual range. In cases where torture or mental health issues arise, ‘he can break down medical reports and the findings of psychiatrists into plain language – so that we can understand exactly what it means.’ His handling of clients is ‘really good’ and he comes ‘highly recommended.’” Chambers & Partners 2013.
“… ideally placed to handle claimant work on behalf of vulnerable clients, and he often acts in cases with health issues at the fore … ‘his written work is outstanding and his advocacy is excellent.’” Chambers & Partners 2013.
“… another of the set’s rising stars … this ‘extremely bright’ barrister is excellent in health-related cases and has a sound understanding of social welfare. His ‘incredible attention to detail’ marks him out from the pack.” Chambers & Partners 2012.
“Praised for his ability to ‘turn bleak situations around’ … an exceptional degree of understanding about the relationship between clients’ legal and health-related problems.” Legal Action, June 2011.