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Adrian Chaplin

Criminal Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 1990

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.

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.

Murder, Manslaughter and Non-fatal Violence


Adrian has prosecuted and defended in cases involving murder, manslaughter and non-fatal violence.

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.

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.

Drugs offences


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.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Recorder
  • Recorder (Crown Court); CPS Grade 4 prosecutor; Western Circuit member; Criminal Bar Association member (CBA Secretary 2009 to 2010).
  • Academic
  • 1988 BA(Hons) Law – Cambridge University; 2001 MA International Peace & Security, King’s College, London.

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