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Adam Western

Practice Summary

Adam is an experienced criminal barrister whose practice encompasses the full range of serious crime in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, including defence and prosecution work. He is a member of the Serious Sexual Offences panel and is instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service at Level 4.

Career background

1991-1994, worked in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, and for EC lawyers Van Bael & Bellis. Formerly a Circuit Junior and member of the Midland Circuit continuing education committee. He joined Coleridge Chambers after completing pupillage with Simon Brand and is currently a pupil supervisor and member of Citadel Chambers’ pupillage committee.

Practice details

Adam has a vast amount of experience with murder cases and sexual offence cases. In addition, he has particular experience in dealing with confiscation proceedings, mental health legislation, and matters involving the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Defended in the trial of a young deaf woman for serious sexual assaults of her step brother when he was a child.
  • Defended a Malvern school boy for rape of another boy at the school.
  • Defended in the trial of a well-respected Herefordshire vet for historic sexual abuse of a work experience girl at his surgery in the 1970s.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a grandfather for the serious sexual abuse of two of his granddaughters in the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Defended in the trial of a 26-year-old man for the rapes and serious sexual assaults of his brother, nephew and two other boys. He was tried with his parents and other members of this Coventry family.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a Birmingham man for the controlling behaviour, assault and rape of his partner.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a Polish national and UK resident for the serious sexual abuse of his daughter in the UK and France.
  • Junior counsel in the trial of a father for rape and the prostitution of his daughter for drugs.
  • Defended a 97-year-old man for the serious sexual abuse of his grand-daughter in the 1970s.
  • Defended a deaf man for the rape & serious sexual abuse of his step-daughter.
  • Junior defence counsel in the trial of a 23-year-old for the murder of a Birmingham money lender. The case involved careful consideration of psychiatric evidence.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a Birmingham woman for the attempted murder of her former husband with a knife, wooden bat and a meat cleaver.
  • Acted as sole defence counsel in the trial of a woman for the murder of an elderly man in Wolverhampton causing the deceased over a hundred separate wounds.
  • Defended in the trial of a former employee of the United Nations for attempting to solicit a former army solider to murder his ex-wife.
  • Defended a Senior Crown Prosecutor for attempted murder.
  • Defended a Coventry man suffering with paranoid schizophrenia for the attempted murder outside a Coventry church of a member of the congregation.
  • Junior defence counsel for a 28-year old man for the murder of his father.
  • Junior prosecution counsel in the trial of three prison custody officers at HMP Rye Hill for the gross negligence manslaughter of an inmate who committed suicide.
  • Junior defence counsel in the trial of an Afghani man for the gross negligence manslaughter of three passengers of a minibus he was driving.
  • Prosecuted a criminal team of three defendants in a conspiracy to burgle 30 homes across Warwickshire & Worcestershire to steal firearms and high value motor vehicles.
  • Defended a Coventry man for possessing a shortened shotgun in a suspected revenge attack involving rival gangs.
  • Defended in the trial of a Coventry man for the possession of a shortened shot gun and supply of drugs.

  • Defended a young Herefordshire woman for causing the death of her boyfriend by dangerous driving in a police pursuit.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a West Bromwich taxi driver for causing the death of a 12-year-old boy and the serious injury of another 12-year-old and his mother by dangerous driving.

  • Prosecuted a ‘County Line’ drugs supply in Worcester by defendants from London.
  • Junior defence counsel in the trial of a Worcestershire man for the large-scale importation and distribution of veterinary medicines.

  • Junior counsel in the prosecution of a conspiracy to handle 117 stolen motor vehicles involving seven defendants.
  • Prosecuted a Coventry team for armed robbery and conspiracy to handle high value motor vehicles.
  • Prosecuted a team of five men for attempted theft of cable and criminal damage which caused serious disruption at a Kent hospital.

  • Represented a tennis coach in an appeal before Sport Resolutions brought by the Lawn Tennis Association against a decision to reinstate his coaching accreditations. Successfully argued the tribunal had no jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

  • Prosecuted alone the trial of ten defendants for violent disorder in a Birmingham street.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a serving West Midlands police constable for an assault with his taser.
  • Prosecuted the trial of a serving inmate at HMP Long Lartin for a serious assault on the Prison Governor.
  • Defended a Herefordshire gynaecologist for controlling behaviour of his wife.
  • Prosecuted of a college lecturer in Coventry for controlling behaviour of his wife.

Further Information

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Midland Circuit
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