Adam Davis QC

1985 (2012)

Adam Davis QC has been involved in high profile cases throughout his career representing defendants such as Matthew Simmons in the "Eric Cantona" case, Wayne Lineker and the Croydon Riot Furniture Fire Case and prosecuting a £10m eBay counterfeit golf club case.

In 5 years in Silk, he has successfully defended in a number of Murder cases including the 2011 New Year's Eve Hatton Garden Murder at the CCC and a Street Murder outside a Billericay Night Club as well as Minhaj Musa charged with 10 others in a street execution in Preston. He has been instructed in a variety of Fraud cases, including the wholesale undermining of the Immigration System in the BBC Panorama Expose of Fake English Language Colleges and one of the largest ever confiscation cases.

In 2016, He successfully defended Clayton Williams, who was charged with the Murder of the Wirral Police Officer, PC David Philips, a case that attracted national press and TV coverage. The trial was presided over by Mr Justice William Davis, who said that he conducted the case "with skill and expertise" and had "done everything he possibly could" to present his client's case. In the televised Court of Appeal case in March 2017, the President of the QBD, Sir Brian Leveson, said the following:

"Mr Davis I would not want the appellant to misunderstand the position. You took every point that could be taken. I commented maybe on a couple that could not be, but every point that could be taken was advanced. He can have no complaint at the skilful way in which he has been represented."

He has appeared as an advocate in front of the British Boxing Board of Control on licensing matters, the Football League tribunal on transfer irregularities and other regulatory bodies and regularly advises Professional Athletes including current PGA European Tour Golfers and Sports Management companies. He was a Registered Lawyer with the Football Association. In February 2015, he appeared in an FA Rule K Arbitration representing an FA Licensed Agent.

He is an accredited lecturer on the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Confiscation and Money Laundering) lecturing to solicitors and barristers, accountants and financial institutions. He advises companies on Money Laundering matters. He continues to act as Legal Adviser and Board Member for the Pro Touch Soccer Academy, a community based football organisation. He is a Non-Executive Director of Places For People PLC one of the largest residential property development, management and regeneration companies in the UK and a Board Member of a London religious organisation and a Trustee of the Hadley Wood Sports Trust, a new sports complex in the London Borough of Barnet.

Adam Davis QC is ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2018 and has appeared since 2012. Please click on the link below to view Adam's profile in the directory.

Adam Davis QC is additionally ranked in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 under 'crime: fraud (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)'  where it says of Adam:

'Tactically aware with a great courtroom presence'

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 quoted... 'Involved in big-ticket confiscation proceedings.' 

Current Instructions:

R v AS [2017] - Operation Falkenbach, £10m Money Laundering Case estimated to last 8 weeks at Southwark Crown Court. 

R v XY [2017] - defending Solicitor charged with Perjury in criminal proceedings

Operation Test Match [2014-present] - 8 million cigarette VAT Evasion

R v Mohammad Hasan [2016 - present] - the case arose out of a BBC Panorama Expose. Confiscation proceedings pending

R v MZH [2016 - present] - Operation Perhaps, a Staffordshire Police Major & Organised Crime investigation into a large scale mortgage fraud to the value of £1m, tax evasion and money laundering. Confiscation proceedings pending. 

Notable Cases:

Fraud and Money Laundering:

Operation Prelacy (R v EK) [2015] - £192m Money Laundering Confiscation

Operation Vista [2015] - 60 Million-Euro Fraud - Prosecution represented by QC & 2 Juniors

Operation Jammed [2014-2016] - Took over Carbon Credits Fraud for Sentence and Appeal from QC originally instructed. Case involved 7m Euros

Operation Forbear - [2012 - 2015] - £385m VAT fraud. The case involved over 250,000 pages of prosecution evidence

XX v YY [2015] - FA Rule K Arbitration Representing FA Licensed Agent

Operation Amazon [2010-2012]- £100m Revenue Fraud Carbon Credits, said by the prosecution to be the largest investigation ever undertaken by Revenue and Customs.

Operation Beath (R. v. Y) 2011 - confiscation proceedings 2014. Massive and complex £5,000,000+ POCA proceedings, involving piercing the Corporate Veil, considerations of Waya, proportionality and numerous other issues. Successful on the legal arguments and much of the general POCA litigation, the £5.5m benefit figure was reduced to £340k.

Hertfordshire CC v Haslop [2010]- Football Ticket Agency Fraud

Operation Augusta (London Borough Havering v Bellchambers & others) [2009]- led prosecution team of 3 Juniors in Operation Augusta £10m Counterfeit Golf Club Conspiracy on eBay

Operation Devout [2008-2013]- Multiple MTIC trials with alleged frauds running into hundreds of millions of pounds sterling and subsequent prolonged POCA (VHCC) at Northampton CC instructed by Edward Hayes Partnership. Part of the MTIC chain of trials involving R. v. Ahmed & Ahmad [2012] 2 Cr.App.R (S) 85

R v Daniel Carroll [2007]-"Jimmy Choo Computer Hacking Case"

R v Antanas Vogonis [2006]- Russian Mafia Internet Banking Fraud

R v Ibrahim Karagozlu [2003] - £86m Confiscation Proceedings

R v Eric Camp [2001] - United Synagogue Burial Society Fraud

R v Timothy Wilkins [1998]  -SFO prosecution and the defendant's acquittal was the first defeat for the SFO since Maxwell

Serious Crime:

R v John Appayagei [2016] - secured the acquittal of the defendant following a Murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. the defendants were charged with the joint enterprise Murder of AN in Woodside Park in late March 2016

HHJ Christopher Moss QC allowed a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case

Operation Sebring [2015] 10 Defendant, 5-month Murder Case at Preston Crown Court

R v AK [2013- 2014] - represented AK in this case, who was charged with conspiring to traffic women into the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation. His client was acquitted of conspiring to traffic women within the United Kingdom and conspiring to control prostitutes, but was convicted of trafficking women into the UK

R v MM [2013- 2014] - 'Operation Sabine' This drugs conspiracy originally involved 25 people with the drugs involved including cocaine, methcathinone, methedrone, cannabis and amphetamine. Successfully appealed sentence imposed by Judge after plea

R v PD & Others [2012]-  leading in the 'New Year's Day Clerkenwell shooting' murder - a three month trial at the Central Criminal Court

R v Gordon Thompson [2012] - Reeves Furniture store fire in Croydon Riot

Thomas Thomas v R [2011] - Graff Diamond Robbery Appeal now guideline case on sentencing for armed robbery

R v Herbert Austin [2005 - 2006] -£400m Cocaine and £1bn Money Laundering. 10 month trial

R v Peter Rees [2004 - 2005] - Murder of Asian Millionaire and Family. 9 month case at CCC one of the longest murder trials ever to be heard

R v Ronald Wait [1998] - Hells Angels Murder

High Profile/Media Cases:

R v Clayton Williams [2015-2016] - Murder of PC David Philips, Client acquitted of Murder, convicted of Manslaughter.

Marlon King v R [2011] - Appeal for Wigan Athletic FC Footballer imprisoned for Assault

R v ES [2010] - successfully defended Nottingham Forest Academy Player charged with Rape

Police v David Bentley [2009] - Tottenham Hotspur Footballer Drink Driving

R v Wayne Lineker [2006]- Inland Revenue Fraud (Brother of Gary Lineker)

Elton John v John Reid [2002] - Consultant to Defendant's team

R v Matthew Simmons [1996] - The "Eric Cantona" case


Criminal Finances Act 2017 - Beware!

In this article, originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Criminal Bar Quarterly, Adam discusses the far-reaching consequences of this act across all finance areas. 

Employment Lawyers Association Briefing. Volume 11 Number 10 December 2004: (Money Laundering and the Proceeds of Crime)

Reinsurance 2004 Mar 38: Crime doesn't pay.



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