- 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.
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; 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 KC
Year Of Call : 1991
Simon Laws KC has practised exclusively in criminal law for 27 years. He represents both the prosecution and the defence.
“Centres his highly regarded practice on homicide, fraud and drug crime, with additional strengths in cases involving sexual offences. He is frequently engaged to defend and prosecute murders and serious drug conspiracies”
“An incredibly bright lawyer with a lovely manner”
Band 1 – Chambers and Partners 2020View Profile
Paul Cavin KC
Year Of Call : 1995
Paul is a Door Tenant of Walnut House, with family connections to the South West. He is also Head of Chambers at 2 Harcourt Buildings in London. Paul specialises in homicide, fraud, corporate crime – particularly bribery and corruption but also money laundering, cyber crime, and proceeds of crime.
He is regularly instructed by the CPS and the SFO and was on the Attorney General’s Criminal List for many years. Before his call to the bar he trained as a solicitor at a city firm (where he gained experience in all aspects of commercial law before qualifying in the commercial litigation/fraud group). He is a member of the Private Prosecutors’ Association and the Fraud Lawyers Association.
Year Of Call : 1992
Simon Burns is a specialist in criminal law undertaking prosecution and defence firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Due to an extended period of illness, Peter is not currently practicing or accepting any new instructions.
Peter is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other cases of serious email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Heather was called in 1993 and after having practiced in a leading criminal set in London for 22yrs, moved to the South West in 2015. Heather has prosecuted and defended in large-scale drug cases, gang violence and firearms cases along with rape and serious sexual offences. Heather has also defended and prosecuted as a led junior in murder trials at the Central Criminal Court and as leading junior counsel in numerous trials more recently. Grade 4 and RASSO panel Counsel.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 : 2005
Bathsheba is a criminal barrister with a wealth of experience across all areas of complex and serious email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2007
Dan has wide experience in all aspects of criminal law, quasi-criminal regulatory law, corporate investigations and international war crimes. He specialises in business crime, criminal law, terrorism and private prosecutions, both in court and in an advisory role.
Legal 500 2024 – Leading Junior Tier 1
Chambers & Partners 2024 – Band 3
Recorder (Crown Court) 2023
Year Of Call : 2015
Regularly instructed to defend in matters involving the most serious violence including two recent allegations of Murder.email@example.com 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 Four advocate on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel and is also on the RASSO and Serious Crime Panels.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2019
Evie accepts instructions in both criminal and family law. She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts where she prosecutes and defends in all stages of proceedings. She also acts for parents in both private and care proceedings from application stage through to contested interim and final hearings.
Since joining Walnut House after successfully completing a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, Evie has continued to enjoy a busy and varied practice. She has been complimented on her pragmatic and personable manner with her firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2020
Sam has developed a diverse practice across Chambers’ family, criminal and civil teams, representing clients throughout the South West. He prides himself on his attention to detail, being approachable and offering pragmatic advice.
Sam completed his pupillage under the supervision of Hugh Cornford and accepted tenancy from Walnut House in October 2021. Furthermore, Sam successfully obtained his public access qualification in October 2022.
Year Of Call : 2021
Zoe recently completed a successful pupillage at Walnut House and as a result was offered a tenancy which she accepted. Prior to pupillage, she worked as a paralegal at a boutique agricultural law firm. During her BPTC, she volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, supporting children in police station interviews, and at Support Through Court, assisting litigants in person with the court process. She has also completed internships assisting a children’s charity with their policy documents, and in the privacy department of an international email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2017
Azzam has a mixed Civil, Criminal and Family practice at Walnut House.View Profile
Adrian Chaplin (1990; HoC)
Simon Laws KC (1991)
Paul Cavin KC (1995)
Simon Burns (1992)
Peter Coombe (1993)
Heather Hope (1993)
Mary McCarthy (1994)
Kelly Scrivener (2001)
Lee Bremridge (2003)
Bathsheba Cassel (2005)
Joss Ticehurst (2006)
Dan Pawson-Pounds (2007)
Will Parkhill (2015)
Brian FitzHerbert (2008)
Felicity Payne (2010)
Evie Dean (2019)
Sam Wysocki (2020)
Zoe Kuyken (2021)
Azzam Bhatti (2017)