Adam is a specialist in defamation, privacy, breach of confidence and all other areas of media and information law.
His recent work includes acting for the successful defendant in Johnny Depp’s libel action against The Sun, and for the BBC in the case brought by the Attorney General to injunct the disclosure of the identity of an MI5 covert human intelligence source.
Other recent cases in which he has been involved include Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney – the ‘Wagatha Christie’ case – in which Adam represented News Group Newspapers on applications for disclosure of documents and journalists’ sources, and Gerrard v ENRC, a claim concerning secret surveillance.
Adam represented Sir Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel in her claim against the singer for breach of contractual privacy. He was also instructed in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC (privacy), Tariq Khuja v Times Newspapers (reporting restrictions) and Andrew Mitchell MP v NGN (the ‘plebgate’ libel claim). He acted for the successful appellant in the 2021 Court of Appeal case concerning the lis pendens provisions of the Lugano Convention, Wright v Granath.
He was named as one of just 17 practising barristers in The Lawyer magazine’s Hot 100 list for 2021. The magazine said of Adam that “in this particularly fierce corner of the disputes Market” he “has marked himself out as one of the leading minds at the Bar”.
He is highly ranked in the 2021-2 Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories. The latter described him in 2020 as “The best of the new libel KCs around, brilliant in written submissions and strategic advice.”, and in 2021 said of him “He has a fantastic breadth of media law expertise and well as experience.” It added that “his knowledge of the media law is second-to-none and his easy and listening manner is a winner for clients”.
Chambers and Partners 2021-2 says that Adam is “a calm and authoritative advocate who is very good under pressure” and “has such a knowledge of the law and applies it practically”.
Prior to taking silk Adam was the 2017-18 Chambers and Partners ‘Junior of the Year’ in the privacy and defamation category. He also won the award in 2011- 2012 and was shortlisted in 2008-9.
He has an expertise in privacy and confidentiality issues arising in legal proceedings, particularly in family disputes. He has appeared and advised in many of the main cases in this field, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Adam has for many years written and given lectures and training on media issues to specialist practitioners and judges. He is co-author of The Family Courts: Media Access and Reporting, published by the Family Division of the High Court, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors. Adam is a co-author of The Law of Privacy and the Media (OUP). He is also an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture at the University of Westminster.