Adam Farhadian-Griffiths

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Adam works across multiple practice areas, suiting his versatile oral and written advocacy. Adam was called to the Bar in 2013.


Prior to pupillage Adam was appointed as in-house counsel to Sovereign Trust (Hong Kong) Limited, a financial intermediary business. He managed cross-border litigation and disputes, along with compliance to financial regulations and working in collaboration with the Hong Kong equivalent to the Serious Fraud Office (The Joint Financial intelligence Unit).

A subsequent appointment as director of the firm saw Adam oversee private client affairs, giving him a depth of insight into building personal relationships. Adam brings this to bear in criminal litigation, quickly building rapport with lay clients and witnesses, putting them at ease with his confident, understanding manner.


Criminal work during Adam’s pupillage has included prosecuting in the Magistrates’ Court for resisting arrest, theft and financially motivated kindred offences. During his first six he spent four weeks with his pupil supervisor Charles Row in R v Wood a three defendant gross negligence manslaughter case. Adam has subsequently been involved in prosecutions by other agencies including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and BIS (now the Insolvency Service criminal enforcement team) leveraging his experience as an offshore yacht racer and former financier (respectively).

Adam welcomes instructions in all junior criminal matters but is particularly suited to white collar crime including criminal breaches of the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Company Act 2006.

As a member of the junior junior treasury counsel scheme, Adam accepts civil instructions from the Government Legal Department under those terms.


Cassel Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn (Major, named BPTC scholarship)
Wigglesworth Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn (Major, named pupillage scholarship)


BPTC (Very Competent), City Law School, 2013
LLM Commercial Law (Distinction), University of Bristol, 2012
LLB Law & International Relations (2.i), University of Portsmouth, 2011

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of legal practice Adam enjoys yacht racing (at a previously professional level), triathlon (at a distinctly amateur level), scuba diving, fly fishing, historical linguistics, photography and contemporary art.

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