Adam joined Stephensons in 2017 as a solicitor in the civil liberties department, joining the firm from James Murray Solicitors where he had worked for several years. Adam has worked solely in this area of law since 2012 and heads up the actions against public bodies department.
Adam has advised and assisted clients over a number of years in relation to compensation claims made against public authorities. Adam’s expertise is wide ranging having acted in relation to claims for unlawful arrest/false imprisonment, unlawful use of force, unlawful detention of prisoners, unlawful strip search of an individual, breach of the Equality Act 2010, breaches of disability discrimination for mentally vulnerable individuals who are in the custody of the police/prison, breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998, deaths in custody (including deaths in prison and/or as a result of a public body), malicious prosecution – including suing the police for fabricating evidence against an individual, data protection claims against public bodies, misfeasance in public office, actions arising out of Court of Protection proceedings (unlawful deprivation of liberty), claims arising out of family law proceedings (Article 8).
Adam also has significant expertise in dealing with complaint matters, including referrals made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. This can often result in a claim for compensation.
Adam is active on social media, particularly Twitter and can be contacted @UKPolicelawyer. Adam is also a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, a national organisation of claimant based lawyers who pursue actions against the police.
Adam specialises in
- Civil claim for compensation against the police and/or Crown Prosecution Service, with a particular focus on - Actions against the police (unlawful arrest/false imprisonment, assault, trespass to land (unlawful search of property), malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, deaths in custody, breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 with a focus on unlawful strip searches.
- Civil claim for compensation against the Prison Service and/or Ministry of Justice and/or Parole Board
- Civil claim for compensation against local authorities (family law and/or Court of Protection related)
- Civil claim for compensation against HM Courts and tribunal services
- Judicial review and compensation claims against government departments, the police and public bodies on behalf of individuals for breach of the Human Rights Act 1998
- Compensation claims against government departments, the police and public bodies on behalf of individuals for breach of the Equality Act 2010, with a particular focus on disability
- Complaints against the police via the professional standards department and independent police complaints commission, with a particular focus on misconduct and gross misconduct proceedings
- Civil claims for compensation for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, against public bodies