Adam Vaitilingam QC

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Degree: 
MA (Cantab)
Year of call and Inn: 
1987; Middle Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit, CBA
Appointments: 
Deputy High Court Judge 2019 (Queen's Bench Division, Family Division); QC 2010; Recorder 2005 (Crown and County Courts)
Public Access Areas: 
Crime
Regulatory
Practice Overview: 

Adam Vaitilingam QC is one of the leading silks on the Western Circuit, with expertise in major crime, health and safety and environmental work. He is the head of Albion Chambers, a deputy High Court judge and a Recorder of the Crown Court. Consistently rated in the legal directories as a specialist in serious crime and regulatory work, he is described in Chambers and Partners, 2022, as “a really great barrister who puts his heart and soul into the case”.

In health and safety work, he represents many clients charged in cases involving fatality, serious injury or simply exposure to risk. Current clients include hotel operators, companies working across the construction industry – from designers to contractors – and farmers around the country. High profile cases have included an apprentice who died in a quad-bike accident on Dartmoor, a bulldozer driver killed during construction of the London Gateway Port, a scaffolder killed by a collapsing church building in Cardiff, and a Somerset farm worker who died when a telehandler malfunctioned and turned over.

In environmental work, he acts for many companies and individuals charged with pollution, land contamination and waste management offences. He recently defended a company responsible for a series of major fires across South Wales and a company director charged with unlawfully filling a quarry with waste. He also advises on environmental permitting. He is the only Western Circuit silk recommended for environmental law by Chambers and Partners 2022.

In criminal work he has a wide-ranging practice prosecuting and defending all types of serious allegation. In fraud work, his current cases include a long-running multi-million pound missing trader fraud. Among a succession of high-profile homicide cases, he prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter the men responsible for the Bath tipper truck crash, prosecuted the Berlinah Wallace murder trial and defended in the Nathan Matthews murder trial. He has represented many motorists accused of causing death by dangerous or careless driving. He has prosecuted and defended in some of the most serious sexual offences cases heard on the Western Circuit. And he has appeared in a number of reported appeal cases, particularly in relation to causation and partial defences to murder.

During more than a decade in silk, Adam has represented many companies and individuals in a wide range of regulatory cases, from alleged planning, copyright and trademark offences to breach of the law on gangmasters and the felling of protected trees.

Adam also represents parents in child law fact-finding cases, particularly those involving complex medical evidence.

Away from practice, he has lectured widely in the UK and overseas – including in Russia and Hong Kong on human rights law and advocacy.

“Like a dog with a bone when he gets going. He is a really great barrister who does everything he possibly can for his client and puts his heart and soul into the case." Chambers and Partners
"A silk who possesses a quiet, calm determination to get the job done well." Legal 500
"He is very quick-witted and a very good advocate. He runs rings around people. Gets straight to the heart of a case and provides practical and commercial advice."  Chambers and Partners
"A prominent silk on the Western Circuit with a broad environmental law practice. He is well regarded for his regulatory expertise and his work at the intersection of criminal and environmental law”
"An excellent advocate whose gentle manner in court belies his frightening cross-examination skills." Chambers and Partners
"Very experienced in serious cases of murder and fraud." Legal 500
"Very capable and very quick thinking." Chambers and Partners
“Recommended as a specialist in serious crime (particularly fraud and murder) and regulatory crime (particularly health and safety and environmental crime).” Legal 500
“A well-reputed silk, responsive and helpful, good with clients.” Chambers and Partners

The above is just a short summary of Adam Vaitilingam QC’s practice. For more details of his experience in or availability for any particular type of work please contact his clerks: Bonnie Colbeck (criminal work), Nick Jeanes (environmental, health and safety and regulatory work) and Michael Harding (child law).

 

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