• Counsel with exceptional advocacy skills and astute judgement, Adam King has focused his practice on serious and complex crime, including the representation of professionals, individuals and corporates.

    Crime

    Adam’s main focus is on serious criminal trial work. He prides himself on thorough preparation, careful tactical decision-making, and powerful advocacy. He predominantly defends but is also instructed by CPS Special Casework (including as leading counsel).

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    Adam has a detailed knowledge of prosecuting and defending at all levels and in various guises within this field. He has a thorough understanding of the relevant areas of law and is particularly knowledgeable in the area of Legal Professional Privilege where he is regularly sought out to advise both global multinationals and prosecuting agencies. He represents individuals and companies.

    Regulatory 

    Adam defends healthcare professionals and police officers accused of professional misconduct. He has the criminal advocacy, acumen and the technical knowledge to represent individuals through regulatory and criminal investigations.

    Appointments

    • CPS External Advocates Panel – Grade 4

    Professional Membership

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Fraud Lawyers Association

    Education

    • Bar Vocational Course
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law
    • BA (Hons) Philosophy

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    Recent Cases

    • Successfully prosecuted man who deliberately drove a car into a police officer, leading to a 21 year sentence.

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    • Secured acquittal of man charged with sexual offences as part of a gang rape in the Midlands.

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    • Privately instructed by Kingsley Napley to represent the former head of the English Defence League in Contempt Proceedings, obtaining bail and a suspended sentence.

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    • Junior counsel for the Crown in this successful three-handed murder prosecution.

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    • Solicitors firm accused of fraud. Instructed for the defence, led by Ian Winter QC of Cloth Fair chambers.

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    • Privately instructed to represent Israeli businessman in Contempt proceedings in the High Court, securing a suspended sentence.

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    • Adam King was junior counsel for the Crown in this trial, which revolved around the evidence of four psychiatrists.

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    • Adam represented a Company accused of fraud, Trading Standards offences, and avoiding Duty.

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    • The defendant argued Diminished Responsibility, Loss of Control, and Lack of Intent, in this three-week patricide murder trial.

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    • The case involved lengthy and complex legal argument in relation to the meaning of a licenceable HMO, SI 2006/371, etc.

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    • Five-week affray trial against eight defendants, sole prosecution counsel.

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    • Defended at trial a young man falsely accused of hitting his girlfriend in this privately-funded case. After cross-examination of the complainant the District Judge said he did not need to hear a speech, acquitted the defendant and stated that he was quit...

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Experience in various roles across a number of offences and investigations, Adam King displays impressive knowledge and skills in this field.

    Overview

    Adam King has detailed knowledge of prosecuting and defending at all levels and in various guises within this field.  He has detailed knowledge of the relevant complex areas of law and is particularly knowledgeable in the area of Legal Professional Privilege where he is sought out to head teams.  He represents individuals and companies.

    Experience

    Adam is experienced across the spectrum of roles in this field, alternating between defence and prosecution work.  He has represented Companies accused of VAT fraud, Health & Safety offences, and breaches of Planning Regulations, and is experienced in defending individuals accused of a wide variety of types of fraud.  Adam’s trial experience extends to insurance fraud, banking fraud, and fraud against charities.  He is a member of the Serious Fraud Office “B” Panel. 

    Adam is highly experienced and knowledgeable in the area of Legal Professional Privilege and has been instructed to advise on Privilege claims in a large number of Corporate fraud investigations over recent years. Cases in which he has advised include: an SFO investigation into a global pharmaceutical company (instructed by the defence); an FCA investigation into a Spread Betting company (instructed by the FCA to lead a team of Independent Counsel); an FCA search of a solicitors’ firm; and a police investigation into a major banking fraud.  He has attended raids by the Serious Fraud Office, instructed to identify material subject to Legal Professional Privilege.

    Adam has a detailed knowledge of Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture under POCA, and has advised companies and public bodies on their liabilities under Acts such as the Data Protection Act and RIPA.

    Led by Ian Winter QC of Cloth Fair Chambers, Adam was recently instructed in the defence of a firm of Solicitors facing fraud allegations.

    Recent Cases

    • Solicitors firm accused of fraud. Instructed for the defence, led by Ian Winter QC of Cloth Fair chambers.

    • Privately instructed to represent Israeli businessman in Contempt proceedings in the High Court, securing a suspended sentence.

    • Adam represented a Company accused of fraud, Trading Standards offences, and avoiding Duty.

    News

    • Sean Larkin QC and Adam King talk to the YFLA on Bitcoin

      QEB Hollis Whiteman host a Young Fraud Lawyers Association Educational Event.

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  • A powerful criminal advocate with experience of all areas, approaches and tiers of criminal law and the English legal system; Adam King is sought out for niche, complex and serious crime.

    Overview

    Adam’s main focus is on serious criminal trial work. He prides himself on thorough preparation, careful tactical decision-making, and powerful advocacy. He predominantly defends but is also instructed by CPS Special Casework (including as leading counsel).

    Experience 

    Adam’s criminal trial work falls into two main categories: defending and prosecuting in serious criminal cases, including murder, rape, fraud, kidnap, misconduct in public office, bomb hoaxing, firearms, and violent offences; and defending companies and business people accused of more technical or unusual offences – e.g. Housing Act offences (unlicensed HMOs, Prohibition Orders, etc.),  Data Protection offences, breaches of Food Hygiene Regulations, Avoiding Duty, Trading Standards offences, and unlicensed radio broadcasting.

    Adam is committed to the highest standards of advocacy, client care and written work. He has a keen eye for advantageous legal argument, prides himself on offering clients clear and well-considered tactical and strategic advice, and above all enjoys fighting cases with well-planned cross-examination and carefully considered speeches.

    Adam has spent his career focusing on his advocacy, conducting a vast number of jury trials in order to develop and hone the skills, tactical understanding and confidence required to maximise the chances of a favourable result for his clients.

    In 2009-2010 Adam practised as a defence attorney in the Cayman Islands, where his trials included fraud, murder and rape.

    Notable Cases

    R v CB (2016)
    Secured acquittal for personal trainer accused of s.18 GBH at Brighton Pride.

    R v De B (2016)
    Defence of LSE student accused of violence in a brawl in a student bar. Representations to the CPS led to an acquittal before trial.

    London Borough of Islington v BH (2016)
    Defence of a restaurant accused of various Health & Safety offences.

    R v M (2016)
    Secured acquittal for young man accused of sexual assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.

    R v Abbas Uddin [2011] EWCA Crim 2695 (reported)
    Appeal against conviction: Counsel complimented for “coherent and conscientious written argument [and] attractive oral argument”.

    R v Aron Pask [2011] EWCA Crim 2010 (reported)
    Reduction in sentence for conspiracy to rob.

    Recent Cases

    • Successfully prosecuted man who deliberately drove a car into a police officer, leading to a 21 year sentence.

    • Secured acquittal of man charged with sexual offences as part of a gang rape in the Midlands.

    • Privately instructed by Kingsley Napley to represent the former head of the English Defence League in Contempt Proceedings, obtaining bail and a suspended sentence.

    • Junior counsel for the Crown in this successful three-handed murder prosecution.

    • Privately instructed to represent Israeli businessman in Contempt proceedings in the High Court, securing a suspended sentence.

    • Adam King was junior counsel for the Crown in this trial, which revolved around the evidence of four psychiatrists.

    • The defendant argued Diminished Responsibility, Loss of Control, and Lack of Intent, in this three-week patricide murder trial.

    • The case involved lengthy and complex legal argument in relation to the meaning of a licenceable HMO, SI 2006/371, etc.

    • Five-week affray trial against eight defendants, sole prosecution counsel.

    • Defended at trial a young man falsely accused of hitting his girlfriend in this privately-funded case. After cross-examination of the complainant the District Judge said he did not need to hear a speech, acquitted the defendant and stated that he was quit...

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  • Adam King brings his powerful advocacy and keen intellect to the defence of professionals in the field of regulatory law.

    Overview

    Adam defends healthcare professionals and police officers accused of professional misconduct. He has the criminal advocacy, acumen and the technical knowledge to represent individuals through regulatory and criminal investigations.

    Experience 

    Adam has wide experience acting for police officers in the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, the Police Appeal Tribunal, and the criminal courts. Most recently he represented a Police Sergeant accused of sending racist and sexist messages to other officers in a three-week hearing. The Sergeant kept his job, against expectations.

    Adam has lectured on the IPCC report into Deaths in Custody at the National Custody Conference.

    Notable Cases

    HCPC v PB (2016)
    Defence of Occuptional Therapist accused of incompetence in the HCPC.

    R v Sgt X (2015)
    Defence of Police Sergeant accused of sending offensive text messages to colleagues. The officer admitted the facts but, after a three week hearing, was allowed to keep his job.

    R v PC Y (2015)
    Defence of a Police Constable accused of posting inappropriate material on facebook.

    R v Sergeant X (2013)
    Represented a Police Sergeant accused alongside his subordinates of exchanging racist and sexist text messages with colleagues. After a three-week trial, including a week of legal argument, the panel allowed the officer to remain in his post.