Adam Riley joined 3 Hare Court as a tenant in October 2021 following the successful completion of his pupillage in chambers. He has a civil practice comprising commercial, public, employment, travel and personal injury law. His practice has both a domestic and an international dimension.

Adam acquired experience across all areas of Chambers’ expertise during pupillage. He frequently appears in trials, interim applications and preliminary hearings, in addition to managing a busy paperwork practice.

Adam is building a reputation as a dependable junior. He has been instructed in a number of matters beyond his year of call, including numerous complex constitutional appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Before pupillage Adam gained exposure to a range of practice areas, including receiving a grant to work with attorneys in New Orleans on death row appeals and working on asylum claims in Greece with an international NGO. During his legal studies he worked in the civil liberties team at Hodge, Jones and Allen LLP and volunteered with Liberty.  He also regularly appeared, on a pro bono basis, before the First-tier (social security) Tribunal as a representative with the Free Representation Unit, the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust and as a legal advisor with the UCL Centre for Access to Justice.

Expertise

Adam is developing significant expertise in matters originating from the Commonwealth Caribbean and in appellate work before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. His interest and experience in this area of practice encompasses constitutional law, human rights, judicial review, election law, commercial law, general common law and criminal appeals.

Recent cases includes:

  • Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago v JM (A minor by his kin and Next Friend NM) [2022] UKPC 54: led in a successful constitutional challenge on behalf of the appellant who, aged nine, was removed into the custody of the State. The appellant was the victim of abuse in these state institutions. The Board held that the appellant’s rights to the security of the person, protection of the law, and his right not tbe subjected to the imposition of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment had been violated. The judgment additionally clarifies the approach that should be taken when awarding vindicatory and compensatory damages for breaches of constitutional rights.
  • Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Respondent) v Akili Charles (Appellant) (Trinidad and Tobago): The Appellant was accused of murder and imprisoned on remand. The preliminary inquiry into the charge was required to be restarted after the elevation of the supervising magistrate to the High Court bench. Led in a successful constitutional challenge asserting that the Appellant’s right to protection of the law had been breached as a result.
  • Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Appellant) v Akili Charles (Respondent) No 2 (Trinidad and Tobago) [2022] UKPC 31: Led in the successful challenge, on behalf of the appellant, concerning the constitutionality of the Bail Act which had provided for the automatic denial of bail to persons charged with murder.
  • Suraj and others v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2022] UKPC 26: Led in this appeal concerning the constitutionality of the Coronavirus Regulations 2020, confirming the correct approach to interpretation of the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution, and the scope of the legislative savings provisions contained in the Constitution.
  • Satyanand Maharaj v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2022] UKPC 26: Led in a constitutional challenge to guidelines issued pursuant to local Covid-19 regulations purporting to institute criminal offences regulating the functioning of religious establishments.
  • Betaudier (Appellant) v Attornery General of Trinidad and Tobago (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago) [2021] UKPC 7: assisting in this appeal concerning the lawfulness of the appellant’s arrest and detention (as a pupil).
  • Duncan and Jokhan (Appellants) v Attorngey General of Trinidad and Tobago (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago) [2021] UKPC 17: assisting in this appeal concerning whether there was a violation of the appellants’ rights under section 4(a) of the Constitution not to be deprived of liberty and security of the person except by due process of law (as a pupil).

Adam has a particular interest in legal developments in the Commonwealth Caribbean. As a pupil he co-wrote a speech which was delivered by Malcolm Bishop K.C. at the 2021 Commonwealth Law Conference in Nassau, in the Bahamas, exploring the relationship between equality rights and rights to religious freedom.

 

Adam is developing a broad practice encompassing all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and arbitration. He regularly appears in and advises on a range of general commercial matters.

Highlights include:

  • Assisting Richard Samuel in a range of international arbitration matters.
  • Assisted Jeffrey Golden K.C. (Hon) in drafting an advice on the English law of contract vis. frustration and force majeure in connection with matters arising out of the 2021 Texas power crisis (as a pupil).
  • Drafted advice on remedies available in breach of confidence matters and unlawful means conspiracy actions, assisting Simon Davenport K.C. (as a pupil).
  • Drafted advice on applications for strike-out and summary judgment in unlawful means conspiracy matters, assisting Simon Davenport K.C. (as a pupil).

Adam accepts instructions across the full spectrum of company and insolvency litigation and advisory work.

As a pupil he assisted Tom Poole K.C. in a complex unfair prejudice petition involving allegations of conflicts of interest and breaches of statutory, fiduciary and common law director’s duties.

Adam recently assisted Richard Samuel in an unfair prejudice petition concerning the scope of directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006 in the context of historic allegations of racism and discrimination in Re Prospect Place (Wimbledon) Management Co Ltd [2022] EWHC 76 (Ch).

Adam’s expertise in public law matters is informed by his recent experience being led in numerous public and constitutional appeals in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and his background working in civil liberties, social security and immigration matters across a range of contexts, in addition to his experience working in social policy before coming to the bar. He is a member of the Attorney General’s junior junior panel of counsel.

Adam was formerly instructed as junior junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

His reported public and constitutional law cases include:

  • Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago v JM (A minor by his kin and Next Friend NM) [2022] UKPC 54: led in a successful constitutional challenge on behalf of the appellant who, aged nine, was removed into the custody of the State. The appellant was the victim of abuse in these state institutions. The Board held that the appellant’s rights to the security of the person, protection of the law, and his right not tbe subjected to the imposition of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment had been violated. The judgment additionally clarifies the approach that should be taken when awarding vindicatory and compensatory damages for breaches of constitutional rights.

Adam is frequently instructed in matters involving the Package Travel Regulations (both the 1992 and 2018 iterations). He regularly appears in trials and drafts advices and pleadings in disputes involving the same.

During pupillage he assisted members of chambers in preparing advices, drafting statements of case, and skeleton arguments, for use in a range of disputes involving jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues.

He regularly acts for airlines in passenger claims for compensation under EC Regulation 261/2004 and under the Montreal Convention.

Adam publishes articles on the latest developments in travel litigation in Chambers’ Travel and Aviation Quarterly. Pieces have explored:

Adam maintains a busy personal injury practice, encompassing matters arising out of road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, highways act and holiday sickness claims. He accepts instructions to advise on matters relating to liability, causation, quantum, evidence, costs and related procedural issues. He is developing particular expertise in defending matters which involve exaggerated, dishonest and fraudulent claims which raise issues of fundamental dishonesty.

Adam accepts instructions across the full spectrum of employment law matters. He has appeared in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, and County Court.

During pupillage he assisted Tom Poole K.C. in a complex 10-day Employment Tribunal hearing which involved  allegations of sexual harassment, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and issues relating to contributory fault: A v (1) The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2) B Case Number: 2200417/2019. He also assisted Tom Poole K.C. in an Employment Tribunal hearing involving unlawful deduction from wages.

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