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 and Regulatory Practice

Adam, for his juniority, maintains an unusually specific criminal and regulatory practice as a tenant, balancing defence and prosecution work in near-equal measure.  During his first-six he spent four weeks with his pupil supervisor Charles Row in R v Wood, a three defendant gross negligence manslaughter trial.  During Adam’s second-six he appeared as acting-junior counsel for a fortnight in a Murder trial led consecutively by David Hunt QC and Ed Burgess QC.

Adam has recently been instructed by prosecuting authorities including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (for collisions between vessels) and BIS (now the Insolvency Service criminal enforcement team) leveraging his experience as an offshore yacht racer and former financier (respectively). Adam welcomes defence and prosecution briefs equally and particularly enjoys the legal intricacies of procedurally unusual criminal litigation.

Recent instructions include—

  • prosecuting the master of a vessel for conduct endangering life (June 2018);
  • representing a defendant facing a custodial sentence in committal for contempt proceedings in the County Court (April 2018);
  • appearing in a week long human rights inquest focusing on prison regulatory matters (March 2018);
  • advising on a prosecution under maritime regulatory law (IRPCAS) following a collision at sea (March 2018);
  • written submissions in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Respondent to an appeal founded on procedural irregularity (February 2018); and
  • defending a vulnerable young adult prosecuted as a member sophisticated national drug network (January 2018).

Adam welcomes instructions in all criminal matters but is particularly suited to white collar crime including criminal breaches of the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Company Act 2006, and matters of regulation drawing on his experience in the civil courts.

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


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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