- Year of Call
- 1990; HoC
Driving Deaths and Motor Manslaughter
Adrian has extensive experience in dealing with these sensitive and distressing cases. He prosecutes and defends in this area of work. He has particular experience of cases involving medical defences and older drivers. He is regularly instructed under the cover of legal expenses insurance. He is very familiar with the issues that arise in assisting those involved in these life-changing cases.
R v M and T (Exeter CC)
This case went to the Supreme Court as R v Taylor  UKSC 6. Prosecuting at first instance and in the CACD. A case in which aggravated vehicle taking involving death was alleged. UKSC brought law in this area into line with that established for other offences in R v Hughes.
R v S (Exeter CC).
Defending an 89-year-old man accused of causing death by dangerous driving. The case involved issues of fitness to stand trial and automatism.
Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety and Regulatory Offences:
With a background of prosecuting health and safety cases, Adrian also defends in cases of corporate manslaughter and other serious regulatory breaches.
R v M Ltd (Truro CC)
Defending in a case of corporate manslaughter and health and safety breaches arising from a death by electrocution.
R v GQ Ltd (Truro CC)
Defending an Environment Agency prosecution in connection with a waste transfer site.
Murder, Manslaughter and Non-fatal Violence
Adrian has prosecuted and defended in cases involving murder, manslaughter and non-fatal violence.
R v S & E (Lewes Crown Court)
Prosecuting a case of murder arising from drug-debt enforcement.
R v B (Plymouth Crown Court)
Advising prosecution on a case of attempted murder arising from a domestic violence setting.
R v J (Plymouth and Truro Crown court)
Defending Section 18 GBH and child cruelty involving factitious and induced child illness.
R v B & B (Truro Crown Court)
Defending in a Section 18 GBH, husband and wife defendants, licensed premises setting in Camborne.
R v K and others (Exeter Crown Court)
Prosecuting a multi-handed armed robbery at a holiday camp in Dawlish.
Fraud, Commercial Crime, Confiscation and other Dishonesty Offences:
Adrian has many years of experience of prosecuting and defending complex cases of fraud, commercial crime and associated confiscation proceedings.
R v P (Truro CC)
Defending an accountant in a high value fraud case involving asset tracing.
R v W (Exeter CC)
Prosecuting blackmail arising from an alleged boiler room fraud.
R v McG (Exeter CC)
Defending £500k fraud allegations in a solar energy venture capital case.
Parole Board, Prison Adjudications, Inquests and Enquiries and Police Disciplinary:
Adrian has regularly acted in Article 2 inquests and has experience of Police Misconduct hearings acting for Professional Standards, accused officers and as legal adviser to adjudicating panels.
Inquest into the death of EB (Aberdare Coroner’s Court)
Acted for 32 prison officers employed by G4S.
Serious Sexual Offences
Adrian has very considerable experience in prosecuting and defending case involving serious sexual offences. These have included historical cases from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well as contemporary cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. Cases have also involved child sexual exploitation, international child grooming, multiple complainant and marital rape cases.
R v W (Plymouth Crown Court)
Prosecuting a case with multiple complainants covering offending over 20 years.
R v W (Dorchester Crown Court)
Defending a case of rape of a child under 13, including a retrial ordered by CACD on the basis of fresh evidence.
R v T (Exeter Crown Court)
Prosecuting a case involving international child grooming and sexual assault.
Adrian has prosecuted heavyweight drug supply and conspiracy cases. He has advised on charges and case building from an early stage. He has experience of associated confiscation proceedings and applications for Serious Crime Prevention Orders. He has also been instructed for the defence in a “County Lines” case involving issues under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Operation Spean (Exeter Crown Court)
Prosecuting a 17 defendant Class A drugs conspiracy
Operation Malago (Plymouth Crown Court)
Prosecuting a 10 defendant mephedrone importation conspiracy.
Operation Cesta (Exeter Crown Court)
Prosecuting a multi defendant industrial scale cannabis cultivation case with international aspects including issues of people trafficking.
Biographical and Other Information
- Recorder (Crown Court); CPS Grade 4 prosecutor and RASSO List member; Western Circuit member; Criminal Bar Association member (CBA Secretary 2009 to 2010).
- 1988 BA(Hons) Law – Cambridge University; 2001 MA International Peace & Security, King’s College, London.
Criminal Law team members
Year Of Call : 1990; HoC
Adrian is a highly effective and sought-after advocate with extensive experience of heavy-weight and sensitive cases before a broad range of courts and tribunals.
He advises in criminal, misconduct, regulatory and coroner’s court work. He is experienced in appeal cases and judicial review.
Simon Laws QC
Year Of Call : 1991
Simon Laws QC has practised exclusively in criminal law for 27 years. He represents both the prosecution and the defence.
“He has a really good reputation for his work in the area.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Paul Dunkels QC
Year Of Call : 1972
Since becoming a QC in 1993 Paul Dunkels has prosecuted and defended in all types of serious crime, including cases of murder, manslaughter, fraud, drugs importation and supply and sexual offences.
“He’s a hugely experienced silk who knows it all and is a beautiful advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Year Of Call : 1992
Simon Burns is a specialist in criminal law undertaking prosecution and defence email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Peter is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other cases of serious firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
Mary is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, rape and fraud.
“She’s an extremely good advocate, brilliant at cross-examination and very good tactically; she knows how to destroy the opposition.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Year Of Call : 2001
Kelly appears for both the Prosecution and Defence in all matters before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2003
Lee Bremridge is a criminal barrister experienced in all areas of complex and serious crime. Lee is known for dealing with serious cases, defending and prosecuting in equal firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2004
Barry is an experienced junior, who defends serious criminal cases including violence, sexual offences, dishonesty and drugs. He also prosecutes and defends in regulatory & quasi-criminal email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2005
Bathsheba is a criminal barrister with a wealth of experience across all areas of complex and serious firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2006
Joss Ticehurst is instructed to defend and prosecute in cases involving the most serious criminal offences in the Crown Court, particularly those relating to allegations of rape, attempted murder, multi-defendant cases involving drugs and murder, and multi-defendant cases of fraud and drug email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2015
Regularly instructed to defend in matters involving the most serious violence including two recent allegations of Murder.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2008
Brian prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law. His practice encompasses murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, serious violence and organised crime. He is a Grade Three advocate on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2010
Felicity is a common law barrister with an established and varied practice in all aspects of criminal and civil law. Felicity is thorough, practical and robust in her approach, whilst remaining firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2013
Emmi is a mixed common law barrister with established practices in all aspects of family, crime and civil. Emmi joined Walnut House in September 2014 having successfully completed a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, and since then has continued to enjoy a busy mixed practice. Emmi prides herself on being a personable and persuasive advocate who is both thorough and robust in her email@example.com View Profile
Adrian Chaplin (1990; HoC)
Simon Laws QC (1991)
Paul Dunkels QC (1972)
Simon Burns (1992)
Peter Coombe (1993)
Mary McCarthy (1994)
Kelly Scrivener (2001)
Lee Bremridge (2003)
Barry White (2004)
Bathsheba Cassel (2005)
Joss Ticehurst (2006)
Will Parkhill (2015)
Brian FitzHerbert (2008)
Felicity Payne (2010)
Emmi Wilson (2013)