Adam specialises in all aspects of media and communications law including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. Many of his cases involve the Human Rights Act and the interplay between articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention. In addition to advising and acting in cases involving the mainstream media, he is regularly instructed to act for or against public authorities and in cases involving data breaches. He has also built up an overseas practice being instructed in claims in Dominica, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the Bahamas, and Malaysia.
Adam is rated as a ‘star individual‘ junior in defamation and privacy in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2019.
Adam is regularly instructed to appear led and unled at trial, on appeals, on applications for injunctions and at other interim hearings, as well as to advise on the law and strategy. He has argued and won two appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in libel cases (Pinard-Byrne v Linton in 2015 and Simon v Lyder in 2019) and in Burgon v News Group Newspapers successfully acted, unled, for the claimant, the shadow Lord Chancellor, in the only full trial against the national media in 2019.
Significant recent and ongoing instructions include:
- successfully acted unled before the Privy Council (made up of 5 Supreme Court Justices) in June 2019 for a newspaper and editor from Trinidad & Tobago to challenge the scope of the Hayward v Thompson exception in libel (whether post-publication facts can be relied upon to establish identification);
- successfully acted unled for Richard Burgon MP at trial against News Group Newspapers in January 2019 before Dingemans J:  EWHC 195. Mr Burgon was awarded £30,000 damages for libel and an injunction;
- currently defending the Campaign against Antisemitism in libel proceedings brought by Tony Greenstein. Successful at a preliminary issue trial before Nicklin J on meaning and opinion in February 2019:  EWHC 281;
- acted for the actress Tina Malone, leading Greg Callus, in committal proceedings before the LCJ and Warby J in March 2019. Successful in avoiding an immediate prison sentence for Ms Malone;
- acting for a company in a breach of confidence and harassment claim involving surreptitious recordings (ongoing);
- obtained injunctions in breach of confidence for companies that suffered data breaches and had been the subject of blackmail threats. The cases included novel derogation from open justice orders (Clarkson v Persons Unknown and PML v Persons Unknown);
- junior counsel for Dan Poulter MP, in his successful libel and breach of confidence claim against the publisher of The Times, including at a meaning hearing in December 2018, now settled;
- junior counsel for the successful claimant at the trial of claims for deceit, misuse of private information and harassment: AXB v BXA;
- obtained an injunction in a misuse of private information claim for an individual being blackmailed: NPV v QEL;
- acted for the applicant in successful committal proceedings for breaches of an undertaking: Galloway v Ali-Khan;
- junior counsel for the defendant, a K2, firm of private investigators, in a long-running breach of confidence, data protection and misuse of private information claim (now settled): Bains v Moore.
- junior counsel for Brevan Howard Asset Management in successful application for an injunction in breach of confidence, upheld on appeal in 2017.
- sole counsel at first instance and led on appeal in Mionis v Democractic Press SA on whether a defendant can waive its rights to freedom of expression by contract.