Professional practice

Adam has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile, with particular interests in civil fraud, shipping, the conflict of laws, and international arbitration. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court (QBD, Commercial Court and Chancery Divisions) and in the County Courts, as well as international commercial arbitrations seated in London, Singapore, and elsewhere.

Adam is frequently instructed on behalf of a wide range of clients, including states, banks, shipping companies, insurers, international corporations, and high net worth individuals. His most recent cases include: commercial litigation, jurisdiction disputes, civil appeals, civil fraud, joint venture disputes, interim injunctions and cross-undertaking claims, contempt of court applications, and international arbitrations.

Adam’s commercial practice often involves an international element. He has appeared in arbitrations governed by a variety of arbitral rules (including the LMAA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, and CI ARB rules) and at hearings held in London and Singapore. He also has experience in cases involving issues of foreign law, including the laws of: Brazil, Colorado, India, Indonesia, the Isle of Man, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore.

 

Examples of Recent Cases

SCF Tankers Ltd (formerly, Fiona Trust & Holding Corporation) & Ors – v. – Privalov & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1877; [2016] EWHC 2163 (Comm). Adam appeared with Steven Berry QC and Nathan Pillow QC in a successful two-week Commercial Court trial to enforce cross-undertakings in damages contained in worldwide freezing orders and a subsequent security regime. An award of damages of c. US$60m was made at first instance (Males J.) and upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Pan Petroleum Aje Ltd – v. – Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1525; [2017] EWHC 1102 (Comm). Adam successfully appeared with David Joseph QC in an arbitration application for injunctive relief, contempt of court proceedings for breach of the injunction, and an appeal against the findings of contempt. The case concerned a joint venture dispute arising out of an agreement to operate an offshore Nigerian oilfield.

A series of international arbitrations seated in London (LMAA Rules). Adam is acting, with Roderick Cordara QC, for Far East buyers of 14 Ultramax newbuildings in a sequence of disputes against two shipyards raising issues concerning: (i) propulsion design; and (ii) excessive fuel consumption.

The Atlantik Confidence (Court of Appeal). Adam is instructed, with Steven Berry QC, to appear in the appeals arising from the decision of Mr Justice Teare [2017] EWHC 1904 (Comm) concerning issues of jurisdiction and the conflict of laws.

Arbitration & related court applications

Adam has experience as counsel in international arbitrations seated in London and Singapore. His recent cases include:

Pan Petroleum Aje Ltd v. Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum and Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1525. Adam successfully appeared with David Joseph QC in an arbitration application for injunctive relief, contempt of court proceedings for breach of the injunction, and an appeal against the findings of contempt. The case concerned a joint venture dispute arising out of an agreement to operate an offshore Nigerian oilfield.

Two international arbitrations under the LMAA Rules seated in London. Acting with David Joseph QC in arbitrations concerning a claims for commission under agency and brokerage agreements in relation to drilling contracts, involving allegations of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

Ad hoc arbitration under the CI Arb Rules seated in London. Adam is acting as junior counsel (formerly with Sam Wordsworth QC and Adam Woolnough) on behalf of a state and its national anti-corruption office party to a commercial dispute with an investment company.

A series of international arbitrations seated in London (LMAA Rules). Adam is acting, with Roderick Cordara QC, for Far East buyers of 14 Ultramax newbuildings in a sequence of disputes against two shipyards raising issues concerning: (i) propulsion design; and (ii) excessive fuel consumption.

An international arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules. Adam was instructed with Graham Dunning QC in a Singapore-seated arbitration concerning the sale and purchase of shares in Indonesian mining companies.

A series of international arbitrations under the SIAC Rules. Adam was instructed with Jern-Fei Ng on behalf of a manufacturer of solar panels in a series of related arbitrations seated in Singapore.

Civil fraud & asset tracing

Adam has experience pursuing and defending claims involving allegations of fraud. His recent cases include:

SCF Tankers Ltd (formerly Fiona Trust & Holding Corp) & Ors v. Privalov & Ors [2017] 2 All ER 570. Successfully acted with Steven Berry QC and Nathan Pillow QC in a two-week Commercial Court trial to enforce cross-undertakings in damages contained in worldwide freezing orders and a security regime. Damages in excess of US$60m were obtained at first instance.

Seaton Trustees & Ors. v. Schneider Electric & Ors. (Commercial Court). Acted with Stephen Houseman QC and James Collins QC in a share purchase dispute involving allegations of fraud and breach of warranty.

An International arbitration under the LMAA Rules seated in London. Acting with David Joseph QC in an arbitration concerning a claim for commission under agency and brokerage agreements in relation to drilling contracts, involving allegations of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

H v. P & Anr (County Court). Adam is instructed as sole counsel for the claimant in a case concerning allegations of fraudulent tampering with a vehicle’s identity.

Shipping & admiralty

Adam is frequently instructed to advise or appear on behalf of clients in the shipping and shipbuilding industries. His recent cases include:

A series of international arbitrations seated in London (LMAA Rules). Adam is acting, with Roderick Cordara QC, for Far East buyers of 14 Ultramax newbuildings in a sequence of disputes against two shipyards raising issues concerning: (i) propulsion design; and (ii) excessive fuel consumption.

The Atlantik Confidence (Court of Appeal). Adam is instructed, with Steven Berry QC, to appear in the appeals arising from the decision of Mr Justice Teare [2017] EWHC 1904 (Comm) concerning issues of jurisdiction and the conflict of laws.

An international arbitration under the LMAA Rules. Adam is instructed, with Steven Berry QC, to appear on behalf of shipowners in arbitral proceedings arising out of a cargo fire on board a vessel in UK waters.

An international arbitration under the LMAA Rules. Adam was instructed with Roderick Cordara QC and Jern-Fei Ng on behalf of a Chinese shipyard in a shipbuilding dispute heard over six weeks, raising technical issues in the construction of a Capesize bulk carrier.

An international arbitration under the LMAA Rules. Adam successfully acted with Simon Bryan QC on behalf of South African buyers of a chemical tanker constructed under a shipbuilding contract in China.

An international arbitration under the LMAA Rules. Adam was instructed with Steven Berry QC for charterers of an oil products tanker in a three-way dispute concerning redelivery/delivery.

Career

August 2014: SEC International Advanced Advocacy Course, Keble College, Oxford

April / May 2014: Bar Council Exchange Programme in Seoul, South Korea

October 2011: Tenancy at Essex Court Chambers

2010-2011: Pupillage at Essex Court Chambers

2010: Call, Lincolns Inn

Education

2009-2010: Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School

2008-2009: LLM Commercial Law (First Class), Magdalene College, Cambridge University

2004-2008: BA Jurisprudence (English and French Law) (First Class) Magdalen College, University of Oxford

University of Paris ll (Panthéon-Assas) (ERASMUS, Diplôme en Droit Français) 2007

Awards

2009: Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

2009: Scholarship and Academic Prize, Magdalene College, Cambridge University

2006: Scholarship, Magdalen College, University of Oxford