Professional practice

Adam has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile both as sole or junior counsel. Complex commercial disputes, typically with an international element, lie at the core of Adam’s practice, which has included work on several significant and large-scale disputes.

Examples of Adam’s considerable experience in heavy trials include his recent involvement in a thirteen week fraud trial in the Commercial Court, a two week trial in the Chancery Division, and a three week trial in the FTT.

His practice covers a wide spectrum of commercial disputes, including civil fraud and freezing injunctions, energy & natural resources, arbitrations & related proceedings and banking & finance. Adam’s practice includes both advisory and contentious work and covers the full litigation process from pre-issue and strategy advice to interim applications, trial and enforcement.

Adam regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts and has been involved in several arbitrations conducted pursuant to ICC, LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and SIAC Rules, as well as ad hoc. Adam has also worked on several cases with a foreign applicable law (including the laws of Russia, Germany, the Isle of Man, the UAE, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, New York, Colorado and Singapore), such cases regularly giving rise to jurisdictional issues and the need to work alongside foreign lawyers.

 

Examples of recent cases

Examples of cases which are typical of Adam’s practice include acting as:

  • Junior counsel (to David Scorey) in a three week First-Tier Tribunal (Tax) trial relating to tax fraud [2018];
  • Junior counsel (to Daniel Oudkerk QC) in a two week Chancery Division trial relating to the transfer of a sub-fund within an OEIC via a Scheme of Arrangement and other employment issues arising from the deferral and forfeiture of remuneration [2018];
  • Junior counsel for the Claimant successfully obtaining a freezing injunction relating to assets held in a Cayman STAR Trust [2018];
  • Junior counsel (to Vernon Flynn QC) in a one week Commercial Court trial relating to financing arrangements in the oil industry [2018];
  • Sole counsel for the respondent to an application for an injunction to prevent the presentation of a winding up petition in the Companies Court [2018];
  • Sole counsel for the Defendant in a section 67 jurisdiction challenge in the Commercial Court [2018];
  • Sole counsel for the Claimant in a QBD matter concerning allegations of procurement of a breach of contract and conversion [2018];
  • Junior counsel (to Andrew Twigger QC and Anna Dilnot) for the defendants in a thirteen week civil fraud trial in the Commercial Court [2017];
  • Sole counsel for the claimant in a Chancery Division claim arising out of an agreement governed by German law relating to share options [2016];
  • Junior counsel (to Graham Dunning QC) in a Commercial Court matter relating to guarantees worth over US$ 300 million connection with a major construction project [2016];
  • Junior counsel (to Vernon Flynn QC) in an ICC arbitration relating to a real estate development in Dubai [2016];
  • Junior counsel (to Sam Wordsworth QC) for the respondent State in an ad hoc international commercial arbitration [2016];
  • Junior counsel (to Graham Dunning QC) in an ad hoc shipping arbitration and related section 69 appeal [2015];
  • Junior counsel (to Richard Millett QC) acting for an opposing creditor in a scheme of arrangement [2015];
  • Advising as junior counsel (to Toby Landau QC) in a SIAC arbitration relating to oil and gas production sharing contracts [2015]; and
  • Junior counsel (to Jern-Fei Ng QC) in an arbitration under the SIAC rules [2013].
Arbitration (including arbitration related issues)

Adam has developed considerable experience in arbitration and related court applications. He has advised and acted either as sole or junior counsel in arbitrations conducted in London and abroad, including ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations conducted under the ICC, SIAC, LMAA, UNCITRAL and LCIA Rules. Adam is also a co-author of the new chapter on arbitration in Bullen and Leake’s, Precedents of Pleadings. Examples of Adam’s experience in this area include:

  • sole counsel for the Defendant in a section 67 jurisdiction challenge in the Commercial Court;
  • acting as sole, and then junior, counsel (to Vernon Flynn QC) in an ICC arbitration relating to a real estate development in Dubai, which included a challenge to the Tribunal’s jurisdiction;
  • junior counsel (to Sam Wordsworth QC) for the respondent State in an ad hoc international commercial arbitration;
  • junior counsel (to Graham Dunning QC) in a preliminary issues hearing in an ad hoc shipping arbitration and related section 69 appeals;
  • sole counsel in relation to an ad hoc dispute regarding a joint venture agreement to be performed in Singapore;
  • junior counsel (to Charles Priday) in an ad hoc shipping arbitration;
  • junior counsel (to Jern-Fei Ng QC) in an ad hoc international sale of goods arbitration located in Singapore, successfully challenging the Tribunal’s jurisdiction;
  • junior counsel (to Jern-Fei Ng QC) in a SIAC arbitration relating to a failed Foreign Law Alliance under Singapore law;
  • advising as junior counsel (to Toby Landau QC) in a SIAC arbitration regarding oil and gas production sharing contracts;
  • advising as junior counsel in an Energy Charter Treaty claim and a related LCIA claim;
  • sole counsel in an LMAA arbitration;
  • advising as junior counsel in relation to the setting aside of awards under sections 67, 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996;
  • advising as junior counsel (to Toby Landau QC) in relation to the setting aside of orders and resisting enforcement of arbitration awards.
Civil Fraud

Adam has considerable experience of civil fraud work. He has acted in a variety of different types of civil fraud cases, including:

  • junior counsel for the Claimant successfully obtaining a freezing injunction relating to assets held in a Cayman STAR Trust [2018];
  • junior counsel (to David Scorey) in a three week First-Tier Tribunal (Tax) trial relating to tax fraud [2018];
  • junior counsel in a thirteen week Commercial Court trial (with several related interim applications), led by Andrew Twigger QC and Anna Dilnot, acting for the defendants in a multi-million pound civil fraud claim;
  • junior counsel (to Nathan Pillow QC) for the Claimant in a QBD claim concerning allegations of diverting corporate opportunities and passing off;
  • junior counsel (to David Scorey QC) in a MTIC VAT fraud case in the First-Tier Tribunal. While completing his pupillage with David Scorey QC, Adam also gained experience in a number of other MTIC disputes;
  • junior counsel (to David Davies) in a case before the London Mercantile Court relating to misrepresentations in relation to a large investment into an offshore fund.
Commercial chancery disputes

Examples of Adam’s work in the Chancery Division include:

  • junior counsel (to Daniel Oudkerk QC) in a two week Chancery Division trial relating to the transfer of a sub-fund within an OEIC via a Scheme of Arrangement and other employment issues arising from the deferral and forfeiture of remuneration;
  • sole counsel for the respondent to an application for an injunction to prevent the presentation of a winding up petition in the Companies Court;
  • junior counsel (to Richard Millett QC) acting for an opposing creditor in a scheme of arrangement;
  • sole counsel for the claimant in a Chancery Division claim arising out of an agreement (governed by German law) relating to share options;
  • appearances as sole counsel in a variety of other matters in the Companies Court;
  • Adam also has experience in providing advice as junior counsel in relation to the interpretation of wills and pension provisions.
Commercial dispute resolution

Commercial dispute resolution, in both litigation and arbitration, is at the core of Adam’s practice. He has advised and acted in relation to a wide range of commercial disputes both as sole and junior counsel. Adam’s examples of recent cases listed above shows the strength of his practice in this area.

Adam has made numerous appearances as sole counsel in the high court and the county courts and continues to undertake work across the full spectrum of commercial disputes.

Adam has considerable experience in various interim applications, including applications for strike out and summary judgment, specific disclosure, security for costs and extensions of time.

Adam also has experience in litigating cases that are within the costs budgeting regime.

Conflict of laws & private international law

The international nature of Adam’s practice means that he is regularly required to advise on private international law issues.

Adam has been involved in a number of cases with a foreign governing law, including the laws of the UAE, Germany, the Isle of Man, Colorado, New York, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore and Pakistan.

His practice also means that he frequently advises on and litigates issues relating to jurisdiction, including anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions in support of jurisdiction or arbitration agreements.

Energy & natural resources

Adam has frequently been involved in an advisory capacity and as junior counsel in relation to a number of oil and gas disputes. These include gas pricing disputes, disputes arising out of share sale and purchase agreements of oil and gas companies and disputes arising out of production and sharing contracts in Kenya, India and Indonesia.

Adam has recently been junior counsel (to Vernon Flynn QC) in a one week Commercial Court trial relating to financing arrangements in the oil industry [2018].

Insurance & reinsurance

Adam was involved in a wide variety of insurance and reinsurance work, and in particular Bermuda Form work, during his pupillage with David Scorey QC. Following his pupillage, Adam has continued to gain experience, including as:     

  • junior counsel (to Sara Cockerill QC (as she then was)) in a reinsurance dispute before the commercial court; and
  • sole counsel advising in relation to a reinsurance matter arising from the Piper Alpha disaster.
International Trade & Transport

Examples of Adam’s practice in this area include:

  • junior counsel (to Jern-Fei Ng QC) in an arbitration under the SIAC Rules relating to a shipment of coal;
  • sole counsel in a High Court commercial dispute relating to the sale and installation of industrial kitchen equipment;
  • advice and assistance in a Singapore High Court dispute, relating to bunker supplies, including issues related to freezing injunctions and enforcement proceedings. Adam has also advised in relation to the recovery of payments in relation to other bunker supply disputes.
Public international law

Adam studied Public International Law during his degree and has continued to work in this area throughout his time in practice. He has advised and acted on behalf of State entities and has worked with Sam Wordsworth QC in relation to several PIL advices.  

Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)

Adam has advised on a range of VAT issues and has been instructed as both sole and junior counsel. Adam has contributed to the De Voil’s Indirect Tax Intelligence publication and spoken at the Essex Court / Pump Court Tax VAT Conference. Examples of his work include:

  • junior counsel (to David Scorey QC) in a three week MTIC VAT fraud case in the First-Tier Tribunal which relates to a platinum refinery. While completing his pupillage with David Scorey QC, Adam also gained experience in a number of other MTIC and VAT disputes.
  • sole counsel in a dispute concerning import VAT and claims under the 13th VAT Directive currently before the First-Tier Tribunal;
  • junior counsel (to Roderick Cordara QC) seeking permission to appeal a decision on customs duty to the Supreme Court;
  • junior counsel (to Roderick Cordara QC and Edmund King) in a judicial review of an assessment for VAT, including issues of legitimate expectation.
Shipping & admiralty

Examples of work Adam has undertaken in the field of shipping include the following:

  • sole counsel for the Defendant in a section 67 jurisdiction challenge in the Commercial Court arising out of an arbitration regarding disputed demurrage payments;
  • junior counsel (to Graham Dunning QC) in a preliminary issues hearing in an ad hoc shipping arbitration and related section 69 appeals;
  • junior counsel (to Charles Priday) in an ad hoc shipping arbitration;
  • advising as junior counsel (to Chris Smith QC) in relation to general average allowances;
  • assistance to (to David Davies) in relation to an opinion on the enforcement of an arbitration award against an ownership interest in a vessel that had allegedly been transferred pursuant to a sham transaction;
  • sole counsel in a successful application to the Commercial Court for an unless order related to a ship finance guarantee dispute.
Unjust enrichment & restitution claims

Adam’s practice requires him to advise on and litigate unjust enrichment issues. Examples of cases where such matters have arisen include:

  • junior counsel (to Jern-Fei Ng QC) in an SIAC arbitration relating to a failed Foreign Law Alliance under Singapore law;
  • junior counsel (to Vernon Flynn QC) in an ICC arbitration relating to a real estate development in Dubai.
Career

2013 Tenant at Essex Court Chambers, following completion of pupillage with David Scorey
2012 Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn)
2012 Writer of headnotes for European Human Rights Reports
2011 Commercial experience working at Liberty Wines

Education

2011-2012 BPTC, BPP (Outstanding)

2007-2010 BA (Hons) Law, Jesus College, Cambridge (First Class in each year, ranked 4th in final year)

Awards

2012 Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
2011 Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
2011 Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
2010 Benefactor’s (2004) Prize (Jesus College, Cambridge)
2010 Russell Vick Prize for Part II Law (Jesus College, Cambridge)
2010 Scholarship (Jesus College, Cambridge)
2009 Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship (Law Faculty, Cambridge)
2009 Scholarship (Jesus College, Cambridge)
2008 Glanville Williams Prize for first year lawyers (Jesus College, Cambridge)
2008 Foundation Exhibition (Jesus College, Cambridge)