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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Adam Birkby 2006

Adam Birkby 2006


Chambers and Partners 2018: “His approach is spot on. He’s very quick to isolate the point that needs to be argued and he is very persuasive.  I’ve been bowled over by his mature attitude to his work.”

The UK Legal 500 2017: Recent cases include multi-handed drugs conspiracies, homicide and sexual offences”

Chambers and Partners 2017: “Handles clients very well; he has a deft touch with both difficult and vulnerable individuals and an exceptional ability to put them at ease.” 

The UK Legal 500 2016:He is intellectually astute and has an excellent forensic approach to cases.”

Adam was called in 2006 and is a specialist criminal practitioner. With an approachable manner yet forcible in court, Adam is a fantastic advocate with experience in a wide range of criminal cases. His strong client base regularly instructs him in cases involving homicide, serious violence, large-scale public disorder, drugs, firearms, sexual offences and fraud. He has a particular interest in representing youths and defendants with mental health issues.

Adam is a CPS Level 4 prosecutor and is approved to prosecute rapes and other serious sexual offences.

In addition to general crime, Adam prosecutes and defends in regulatory cases involving health and safety enforcement, environmental health, food standards, gangmasters legislation, and trading standards. He is appointed to the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.

Adam is regularly instructed to represent police officers facing disciplinary allegations before misconduct hearings.

Adam appears on behalf of the General Medical Council in fitness to practise, review and restoration hearings before the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service.

Adam also has a thriving coronial law practice representing companies, local authorities, insurers, police officers and individuals at inquests.

Adam is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Bar Council Public Access scheme. He is particularly interested in direct access work relating to crime, public inquiries, professional discipline and inquests.

Main Areas of Practice

General Crime:

Significant experience in prosecuting and defending:

  • Homicide;
  • Serious violence;
  • Serious sexual offences including rape, historic child abuse, and possession of indecent images;
  • Drugs offences including conspiracy to import and supply Class A;
  • Firearms offences;
  • Offences involving large scale public disorder;
  • Dishonesty offences including aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery;
  • Fraud including mortgage fraud, benefit fraud, money laundering, infringement of trademarks and the evasion of duty;
  • Offences against public justice;
  • Confiscation proceedings;
  • Motoring law including death by dangerous driving.
  • Advises local authorities, prosecuting agencies and limited companies on a wide range of criminal law issues including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, public interest immunity, hearsay and bad character.
  • Regularly appears before the Court of Appeal.
  • Delivers training to fellow practitioners on recent changes in case law and legislation, bad character and hearsay.

Criminal Regulatory:

  • Prosecutes and defends in cases brought by DEFRA, the Food Standards Agency, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards and several local authorities.
  • Advises and represents defendants and local authorities in relation to anti-social behaviour orders/injunctions, non-molestation orders and committals to prison.
  • Advises and represents limited companies and company directors in public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner in respect of breaches of the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995.

Police Discipline:

  • Extensive experience in representing police officers in Misconduct Hearings, Police Appeals Tribunal Hearings, Criminal Proceedings, Inquests and applications for Judicial Review.
  • Represents police officers facing disciplinary allegations of sexual assaults, corruption, dishonesty, including theft and providing false statements, improper use of force, harassment, neglect of duty, including in the context of related deaths in custody, and misuse of PNC and other confidential information held on police systems.

General Medical Council:

  • Regularly appears before the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service on behalf of the General Medical Council for review hearings, fitness to practise hearings and restoration hearings.

Coronial Law:

  • Represents police officers, companies, health authorities, insurers, local authorities and families of the deceased in inquests concerning deaths in custody and through the use of force by police officers, road traffic accidents, drownings and corporate manslaughter.
  • Experience of drafting grounds for judicial review and has appeared in the High Court to challenge coronial decisions.
  • Thorough knowledge of inquest procedure and coronial law and of the Administrative Court procedure and public law relating to inquests.

Public Law:

  • Advises and represents claimants in judicial review proceedings arising from inquests, actions against the police and prison law.
  • Represents claimants in actions against the police for assault, false imprisonment and wrongful arrest.

Prison Law:

  • Advises and represents prisoners in adjudication hearings, parole board hearings (including “lifer” hearings and recalls on licence), claims for false imprisonment and personal injury.
  • Advises and represents Probation Services and prison authorities in claims for false imprisonment and negligence.

Recent Cases:

R v O [2016] Leeds Crown Court

Prosecution of two brothers for the murder of their housemate – led by Nicholas Lumley QC.

R v AJ [2016] Leeds Crown Court

Police officer charged with assault by penetration – Defence.

R v JP [2016] Newcastle Crown Court

Multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs – Defence.

R v JB [2016] Bradford Crown Court

Defence of a youth charged with murder – led by Jason Pitter QC.

R v EW [2016] Leeds Crown Court

Police officer charged with possession of indecent images of children – Defence.

R v AA [2016] Leeds Crown Court

Rape and false imprisonment within a relationship – Defence.

R v AN [2016] Leeds Crown Court

Historic child sex offences – Defence.

R v DC [2015] Sheffield Crown Court

Police officer charged with child sex offences – Defence

R v AW [2015] Sheffield Crown Court

Defence of a local businessman charged with copyright and trademark infringement offences – led by Martin Sharpe.

R v R [2015] Newcastle Crown Court

Prosecution of two brothers for murder – led by Nicholas Lumley QC.

R v LS [2015] Sheffield Crown Court

Multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs – Defence




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