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

    Crime

    Adam’s main strength is in 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 the CPS Special Casework and Homicide Unit as a highest-tier member of the advocacy panel.

    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 advocacy skills and technical knowledge to successfully represent individuals in Regulatory and Disciplinary investigations and tribunals.

    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

    Adam occasionally blogs on criminal trials, advocacy, tactics and law here

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    Recent Cases

    • Prosecution of company owner accused of Death by Dangerous Driving, privately represented by Queen’s Counsel. Secured conviction after extensive cross-examination of defence expert witnesses including leading Professor of Neurology and two Consultan...

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    • Privately instructed to advise on appeal after a police officer’s son was convicted of arson.

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    • Instructed for the defence of a member of the travelling community accused of blackmail and kidnap in relation to disputed land ownership. Ultimately no evidence was offered and the client was acquitted.

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    • Defending the son of a Pakistani steel magnate accused of firearms offences at an airport (ongoing).

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    • Defending an accusation of rape. Secured acquittal, despite the judge allowing evidence of previous sexual offending to go before the jury.

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    • Secured acquittal for personal trainer accused of s.18 GBH at Brighton Pride.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

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

    Overview

    Adam King has a depth and breadth of experience prosecuting and defending at all levels within this field.  He is particularly knowledgeable in the law of Legal Professional Privilege.  He represents individuals and companies.

    Experience

    Adam 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 former 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 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 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 instructed in the defence of a firm of Solicitors facing serious fraud allegations.

    Notable Cases

    R v X LLP (2017)

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

    R v Sin Beti (2017)

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

    R v SGV Ltd. (2016)

    Represented a Company accused of fraud, Trading Standards offences, and avoiding Duty.

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    • 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 powerfully persuasive advocate and tactician experienced in all areas of criminal law, Adam King is sought out for difficult and complex cases.

    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 and the Homicide Unit, 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, death by dangerous driving, fraud, kidnap, misconduct in public office, bomb hoaxing, firearms, and violent offences; and defending companies and business people accused of more technical or unusual wrongdoing – 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.

    Notable Cases

    R v Multani & Others (2018)

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

    R v Tommy Robinson (2017)

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

    R v Sin Beti (2017)

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

    R v Fairweather (2016)

    Junior counsel for the Crown in this psychopath murder trial, which revolved around the evidence of four psychiatrists.

    Recent Cases

    • Prosecution of company owner accused of Death by Dangerous Driving, privately represented by Queen’s Counsel. Secured conviction after extensive cross-examination of defence expert witnesses including leading Professor of Neurology and two Consultan...

    • Privately instructed to advise on appeal after a police officer’s son was convicted of arson.

    • Instructed for the defence of a member of the travelling community accused of blackmail and kidnap in relation to disputed land ownership. Ultimately no evidence was offered and the client was acquitted.

    • Defending the son of a Pakistani steel magnate accused of firearms offences at an airport (ongoing).

    • Defending an accusation of rape. Secured acquittal, despite the judge allowing evidence of previous sexual offending to go before the jury.

    • Secured acquittal for personal trainer accused of s.18 GBH at Brighton Pride.

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

    Overview

    Adam mainly defends police officers and healthcare professionals accused of professional misconduct. He has the criminal advocacy skills, tactical acumen and technical knowledge to secure the best possible outcome for those he represents.

    Experience 

    Adam has wide experience and an impressive track record defending police officers in the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, the Police Appeal Tribunal, and the criminal courts, and has lectured on the IPCC report into Deaths in Custody at the National Custody Conference. He is also experienced defending doctors, dentists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals accused of various types of wrongdoing, as well as acting in Security Industry Authority appeals.

    He currently only acts for the defence, but earlier in his career he developed a substantial practice prosecuting and presenting on behalf of the regulators and Professional Standards Departments, which has enabled him to more accurately predict and anticipate the other side’s manoeuvres.

    Notable Cases

    HCPC v AB (2016)
    Defence of Occupational Therapist accused of incompetence. Mr B was a deeply committed occupational therapist whose unwillingness to reduce the quality of his work in order to increase its quantity for the benefit of his employer’s statistics and record-keeping led to him being brought before the tribunal. The regulator sought an end to his career, but the tribunal were persuaded to allow him to continue working.

    R v Sgt X (2015)
    Defence of a Metropolitan Police Sergeant accused of sending offensive text messages to colleagues. The Sergeant and a number of other officers were in the habit of sending inappropriate “joke” text messages to each other. The Professional Standards Department instructed leading and junior counsel to present the case on their behalf and argued strongly for dismissal for Gross Misconduct. However, after long and carefully argued submissions in the course of a three-week hearing the panel were persuaded to allow the officer to remain in post, very much against all expectations.

    R v PC Z (2015)

    Defence of a Police Constable accused of posting inappropriate material on facebook. The Officer had posted and ‘liked’ various ‘problematic memes’ on his personal social networking site. A Gross Misconduct charge was avoided.

    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.