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."

Recently, 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).

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 accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Services.

Adam Davis QC is ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2020 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 2020 edition of The Legal 500 under both 'crime' and 'crime: fraud (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)'. In respect of 'crime' it says of Adam... 'An excellent jury silk' and in respect of 'crime: fraud' it says... 'His sharp commercial sense stands him in very good stead to handle the intricacies of all manner of fraud cases'. 

The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 quoted... ‘A fighter with very good judgement who has dealt with numerous heavyweight trials. He knows how to handle tricky situations and how to operate with prosecutors and co-defending lawyers.'

The 2018 edition of The Legal 500 quoted... 'Tactically aware with a great courtroom presence'

Recent Notable Cases:

R v Andrew Clarke Central Criminal Court [2018-2019]

Operation Harplike, part of a national investigation into the proscribed organisation National Action, (‘NA'), concentrating on the group's activities in the North West region. The Defendant was alleged to be a member of this organisation, which provided combat training among its other activities. The Organisation became proscribed in December 2016 and it is alleged that the Defendants continued their activities thereafter. Andrew Clarke was alleged to have been responsible for Ideology and the Legal side of the Organisation. Andrew Clarke was acquitted in April 2019.

R v Anthony Smith Cardiff Crown Court [2017-2019]

The Defendant was charged with 5 others including members of his family with a £7.5m fraud. The fraud took the form of grant payments from the Welsh Assembly and the European Union. This was a fraud perpetrated over many years generating a vast amount of documentation. The case was a "Bespoke" Contract under the VHCC scheme, and the contract was based on 150,000 pages of evidence. There have been served over the course of the last year some 16 different tranches of disclosure material and 22 notices of additional evidence. Anthony Smith was the lead defendant and said by the Crown to be the architect of the fraud. The case attracted significant publicity and was politically sensitive for the welsh government involving suggestions of negligent allocation of budget funds.

R v Alvaro Mendoza Sillerico Central Criminal Court [2018-2019]

Sillerico's housemate, Juan Olmos Saca, 39, died six days after being stabbed in Peckham. He had suffered a stab wound to the chest during an altercation at an address in Atwell Road. Police were called to the scene at 2.30am on 29th January 2018. Saca was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on 4th February. The trial at the Old Bailey lasted 14 days but the jury were discharged after failing to reach a verdict. The re-trial took place in January 2019, with the evidence and speeches lasting another 9 days. The Jury convicted after being in retirement for 4 days. All witnesses were South American with little or no English. Some gave evidence from other countries via video link and the case involved putting forward other candidates for the murder as there were no eyewitnesses. In particular, the defence case centred on one particular witness, who had demonstrated a significant history of violent behaviour and mental health issues. This involved a sensitive and complicated cross-examination. It was suggested that he was responsible for the Murder.

High Profile/Media Cases:

R v Andrew Clarke [2018-2019] - Terrorist Group National Action (as above).

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.

• Criminal Finances Act 2017 - Beware (PDF)

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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