Adam specialises principally in the fields of Commercial and Employment Law. He also practises in the fields of regulatory and public law, covering areas such as education and sport. He has consistently appeared in the legal directories since 2005 in respect of all his practice areas.
He is recognised as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners, which describes him as "An excellent all-rounder, who combines flair in the courtroom with diligence and perseverance." "A rising star."
The Legal 500 also recommends Adam as a leading junior in the fields of Employment, Education, and Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law, stating that he "always looks to get the best possible result for the client, and never distances himself from problems." and "He has a very can-do attitude."Adam is also ranked as a leading Labour and Employment Junior in Who's Who Legal 2016 where he is described as "a 'distinguished player' in the field".
He appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal and "is considered excellent on High Court restrictive covenant injunctions” (Chambers & Partners). Adam has appeared in the highest courts and tribunals: he has been instructed in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (on appeal from the House of Lords), and has also appeared as an advocate on a number of occasions before the Privy Council, most recently in Adamas v Cheung  I.R.L.R. 1014 which concerned variation of contract in the employment relationship.
Adam is also called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands, and has recently (summer 2016) appeared in the BVI Commercial Court in a unfair prejudice and share dispute trial.
Recent legal directory comments include the following:
Adam’s commercial practice includes the areas of commercial fraud, breach of contract, and professional negligence. He also regularly appears in commercial cases requiring urgent injunctive relief, including obtaining or resisting freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal relief and general restrictive covenant work. Adam also accepts instructions for arbitrations in this jurisdiction and internationally.
Adam is also called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands and practices commercial law in that jurisdiction.
Some of his more significant cases include:
Adam regularly appears in the High Court in relation to applications for emergency injunctive relief, and full trials arising from the employment relationship.
He accepts instructions on behalf of both claimants and defendants in respect of all aspects of the business relationship including claims relating to:
Please see Adam's CV for the most comprehensive list of notable civil court business protection cases
Adam regularly appears in the High Court in relation to applications for injunctive relief, and full trials arising from the employment relationship. He is also often instructed in the ET, EAT and Court of Appeal, on behalf of both employers and employees, and covers all areas of employment litigation, in this jurisdiction and elsewhere. Adam has appeared on a number of occasions in the Privy Council on employment matters, including Adamas v Chung (PC)  IRLR 1014.
Adam now has a total of 12 reported employment cases in the IRLRs, in addition to those in the ICRs.
Some recent high profile cases include:
First Rate FX Ltd v Trading by Telephone Ltd et al  EWHC 982 (QB). Adam represented the Claimant company. The claim was based on breaches of confidence and restrictive covenants, unlawful team move, conspiracy and inducing breach of contract. The case settled on the first day of trial, following a number of reported interim hearings.
East England Schools v Palmer et al  IRLR 191. Adam successfully represented the Claimant company in the High Court, enforcing post-termination employment restrictive covenants
Engel v Joint Committee for Parking and Traffic Regulation outside London (PATROL)  ICR 1086 :  IRLR 787, an important case in the EAT determining the extent of judicial immunity.
ESL Fuels Limited v Fletcher et al  EWHC 3726 (Ch). Confidential information and trade secrets. Adam successfully obtained an interim injunction in the Chancery Division against a former employee. Adam appeared on his own against leading counsel.
Adam regularly acts for regulators, and appears before regulatory bodies. During 2013 alone, his regulator clients included the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Law Society and Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the Care Quality Commission, the Architects Registration Board and various healthcare regulators. Adam has appeared both before the relevant regulatory boards themselves, and also before the High Court and Divisional Courts in challenges to regulatory decisions. He also advises and acts for individual professionals in the process of regulation, including dentists, doctors, lawyers, legal executives and accountants.
Some of his recent high profile cases include:
Nowak v (1) Nursing and Midwifery Council (2) Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 336 (QB) and  EWHC 1932 (QB) (ongoing). Adam continues to act for the NMC in this litigation, which has already occasioned a number of reported judgments.
Adesemowo v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 2020 (Admin),  All ER (D) 217 (Aug). Adam represented the SRA in this High Court challenge to a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). In an important judgment, the Court considered the scope of an appeal under Section 49(1) of the Solicitors Act 1974, and dismissed the claimant’s claim.
R (on the application of Farrell) v Architects Registration Board  NLJR 21. This case, recognised by the Judge to be "important”, was the first case to determine the scope and effect of CPR Part 3.3 as regards the correct procedure for costs in judicial review.
R (on the application of Agarwal) v The University of Nottingham  All ER (D) 322 (May). Adam represented the Defendant at the full merits hearing of this judicial review, and was successful in having the claim dismissed, with costs
Adam has acted in relation to a number of arbitrations including under the ICC and LCIA rules. He has also advised and acted for clients seeking stays to enforce arbitration clauses, on the enforceability of arbitration clauses, and in respect of the enforceability agreements and awards.
Examples of arbitration cases include: