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.

Since his appointment as a QC in 2012, he has successfully defended in a number of Murder cases including the 2011 New Year's Eve Hatton Garden shooting at the CCC, a stabbing on a Romford Shopping Centre and 10 defendant street execution in Preston.

The most significant murder trial involved the successful defence of 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."

In 2019, he successfully defended Andrew Clarke, who was charged under the terrorist legislation with being a member of the extreme right-wing organisation, National Action.

Having been well-established as a fraud specialist before becoming a QC, he has continued to be instructed in large-scale fraud and money laundering offences including a £5.4m fraud on the Welsh Assembly, a £192m money laundering (Operation Prelacy) and £500m VAT fraud (Operation Forbear). In 2021, he completed a successful private prosecution concerning the Managing Director of a company who was alleged to have defrauded the company of over £4m.

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. He has also 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 Chairman of the Pro Touch SA and Camden Elite, community-based football organisations. 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 2022 and has appeared since 2012.

The 2022 edition of Chambers and Partners says of Adam..."Has sound judgement and the ability to assimilate facts quickly."

The 2021 edition of Chambers and Partners says... '"He is intelligent, has foresight and is a good cross-examiner."

Adam is additionally ranked in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 under both 'crime' and 'fraud: crime' (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)'.

The Legal 500 says of Adam... "Adam's business and commercial acumen are always to the fore in fraud cases. His command of the papers is complete, his judgement is very sound and his client care is second to none." And in respect of crime... "Adam is a hugely respected silk who is fiercely bright. He is easily able to persuade a tribunal and has a calm but strategic manner which plays out well in the most demanding and complex of heavyweight cases."

The following are the cases that Adam Davis has been involved with and is due to be involved with since lockdown up until the end of 2022, they demonstrate an extensive practice in both serious crime and serious fraud:

R v GA-ILCC Fraud Trial Nov 2022

R v ML-CCC Murder Trial Oct 2022

R v MM-Southwark CC Bribery Trial July 2022

R v JD-Chelmsford CC Murder May 2022

R v JK-Northampton CC Att Murder Prison Officer by Inmate

R v DM-CCC Murder Client acquitted following dismissal argument.

R v MW-Southampton CC GBH Client acquitted after legal argument.

R v DS-Harrow CC Client acquitted of Conspiracy to Murder in drive-by shooting.

R v GS-Wolverhampton CC Murder Jury Discharged

R v Roy Luwolt-Southwark CC Fraud Prosecution Guilty Plea

R v Kaleel Nyeila-CCC Drive-by shooting client acquitted of Murder.

R v MJ-St Albans CC Guilty Plea to Murder by 17 year old charged with murder of his mother.

R v AL-Southwark CC Bribery Trial of Issue

R v AA-CCC Conspiracy to Murder 2 victims. Client acquitted of all counts.

R v TD-Warwick CC 16 year old acquitted of Murder of drug dealer in Leamington NG

R v LD-Basildon CC Murder 17 year old charged in Murder of drug runner in Southend.

R v Elvis Duruaku-Liverpool CC Murder Student at Liverpool University acquitted of Murder in street fight.

R v VD-Manchester CC Large Scale Drugs Importation Trial Oct 2023










Adam Davis


Queen's Counsel 2012
LLB (Lond)

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Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Voluntary Member of the Case Management Team - England Golf



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