Adrian Waterman QC

Adrian Waterman QC

ADRIAN WATERMAN QC

Year of call: 1988

Queen’s Counsel: 2006

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

  • General outline

    Specialises in criminal and quasi-criminal litigation and advocacy (including disciplinary,regulatory and judicial review).

    A reputation for being skilled in dealing with legally and factually complex issues.

    A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP).

    Lecturer and contributor to legal journals.

    Chambers and Partners 2016

    Esteemed silk who practises almost exclusively in criminal law, specialising in sexual offences and homicides.

    Strengths: “He has a brilliant grasp of the evidence.” “A highly impressive advocate in court.”

    Recent work: Defended Mr Shaukat in a conspiracy to murder case. Waterman argued that there was insufficient evidence for the case to be put to a jury, to the effect that Mr Shaukat was found not guilty by order of the judge.

    Specific areas of recent practice

    Homicide.
    • Gang-related killings and other cases of joint enterprise.
    • Causation issues, involving medical/other expert evidence.
    • Psychiatric issues.
    • Gross negligence manslaughter in the context of deaths in custody/at the hands of state agents, or in other work-related contexts.
    • Health and Safety at Work Act prosecutions, particularly those involving fatality.

    Infant homicide
    • Shaken baby cases.
    • Section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 Cases involving “death in custody” or other cases involving “state agents”.
    • Police shootings.
    • Death in police custody.
    • (Pre-silk, the only person in the north of England authorized by the DPP to advise in and prosecute such cases).

    Fraud.
    • SFO cases.
    • Proceeds of crime.
    • Fraud in the context of commercial disputes.

    Drugs.
    • Large-scale conspiracies.
    • Covert surveillance.
    • Issues of disclosure and public interest immunity.

    Sexual offences.
    • Rapes involving homicide.
    • Cold-case rape.
    • Historic sexual abuse.

    Pre-charge advice as to law, strategy and tactics.
    • Advice to CPS in complex, high-profile and/or sensitive cases
    • Advice to solicitors and/or lay clients during complex police investigations.

    Inquests where there has been a death at work or in custody, in circumstances requiring a jury.

    Preventive advice to organisations.

    Disciplinary proceedings, such as sports, Health Professions Council, police.

    Appellate work on points of law or unsafe convictions.

    Judicial review, including decisions of inferior courts/tribunals, and decisions whether or not to prosecute by the CPS.

    A selection of cases in silk

    R v Murphy and others. Prosecution of a multi-handed, high-profile, racist murder of an Asian taxi driver.

    R v Milakovic. Defence of a profoundly deaf social worker for the “mercy-killing”murder of his seriously ill baby son.

    R v Mook. Prosecution of a woman for poisoning her husband with Amitriptyline to cover up extensive fraud.

    R v Ballantyne and others. Prosecution of a joint enterprise murder.

    R v Walsh. Defending in a double murder of the accused’s partner and her daughter, with bodily mutilation and complex psychiatric issues.

    R v Hunt. A woman charged with murder and section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, relating to her baby. (One of the recent notorious Doncaster cases.)

    R v 0’Dowd. Defending singer Boy George for false imprisonment of a male escort.

    R v Mendez. A joint enterprise murder. Complex post-Rahman issues. Subsequently taken to the Court of Appeal and widely reported.

    Operation Amarillo City. A case of attempted murder, involving allegations of police officers deliberately listening to and viewing privileged material in the possession of a solicitor defendant.

    R v Doherty. A woman charged with murdering her ex-police officer partner.

    R (Hoare) v CPS. A judicial review of a decision by the CPS not to prosecute in a gross negligence manslaughter investigation.

    R v El Harti. Complex legal issues relating to insanity.

    Operation Pencader. A high profile multi-handed, joint enterprise murder of an Asian shopkeeper in Huddersfield.

    Inquest touching the death of Jackie Fisher. Representing a mining company in an inquest and civil claim relating to the death of an employee and the ensuing civil claim for damages.

    R v Letchford and others. Instructed in a joint enterprise case after the Court of Appeal had allowed an appeal of the initial convictions as a result of problems in the first trial.

    R v F. The defence of a student for allegedly coming violent disorder inside the Treasury during the student protests of 2010.

    R v Smith. The defence of a man charged with murdering his infant, in which the injuries were bilateral, complex skull fractures, and which involved very complex medical issues.

    R v Kemp. The defence of a woman charged with section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act when her sustained fatal injuries whilst both she and the baby were still in hospital.
    Detailed legal arguments as to the meaning of section 5.

    Inquest touching the death of Jason Jones. Issues of causation involving the interplay between complex medical evidence and factual evidence.

    R v Gohil. Involving allegations of very serious corruption in a high profile case.

    Selection of older cases as a junior

    R v Woodgate and others. Junior prosecuting counsel in a high-profile trial and re- trial of a number of Leeds United and England footballers.

    R v Blackstone and Morrison. Conspiracy to commit armed robbery. It was the first of a series of cases filmed from its inception, with the approval of the judiciary, by a BBC documentary team for a program called “Anatomy of Crime”.
    Donnygate cases. Prosecution and defence of a number of councillors for fraud and election offences.

    R v Dunlop. Prosecution of the accused for murder. The first ever re-trial of an acquitted person pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 provisions.

    Many cases involving death at the hands of state agents. Before taking silk, the only person authorised to act on behalf of the DPP in such cases.

  • Personal Injury

    Legal 500: Adrian Waterman QC has ‘an outstanding legal brain, and is a confident and commanding advocate.'”
    Lecturer and contributor to legal journals.
    A member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP).

    Specialising in personal injury work, including fatal accident and claims of the utmost severity.

  • General outline

    In Legal 500 (2010): “Adrian Waterman QC has an outstanding legal brain and is a commanding and confident advocate”.

    In Legal 500 (2012) “Adrian Waterman QC is frequently instructed in serious and complex matters”.

    Pre-silk, his practice included civil actions against the police, personal injury, clinical negligence and family law, as well as his criminal law practice.

    In silk, he has been instructed in inquests, he has advised in relation to a very senior police officer’s civil claim for false arrest/imprisonment, he has acted on behalf of a number of police forces in civil actions and disciplinary proceedings and he has lectured to police forces on duty of care and data protection.

    His expertise in particular areas of criminal law, such as deaths in custody, combined with his expertise in relation to non-criminal areas of law, such as inquests, health and safety and civil actions, mean that he is very well suited to the whole range of issues which arise in police related cases.

    A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP).

    Lecturer and contributor to legal journals.

    (See also his profile in the “Crime” section of “Areas of Practice ” elsewhere on this website.)

    Specific areas of recent practice

    Homicide.
    • Gang-related killings and other cases of joint enterprise.
    • Causation issues, involving medical/other expert evidence.
    • Psychiatric issues.
    • Gross negligence manslaughter in the context of deaths in custody/at the hands of stateagents, or in other work-related contexts.
    • Health and Safety at Work Act prosecutions, particularly those involving fatality.

    Infant homicide
    • Shaken baby cases.
    • Section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004

    Cases involving “death in custody” or other cases involving “state agents”.
    • Police shootings.
    • Death in police custody.
    • (Pre-silk, the only person in the north of England authorized by the DPP to advise in andprosecute such cases).

    Fraud.
    • SFO cases.
    • Proceeds of crime.
    • Fraud in the context of commercial disputes.

    Drugs.
    • Large-scale conspiracies.
    • Covert surveillance.
    • Issues of disclosure and public interest immunity.

    Sexual offences.
    • Rapes involving homicide.
    • Cold-case rape.
    • Historic sexual abuse.

    Pre-charge advice as to law, strategy and tactics.
    • Advice to CPS in complex, high-profile and/or sensitive cases
    • Advice to solicitors and/or lay clients during complex police investigations.

    Inquests where there has been a death at work or in custody, in circumstances requiring a jury.

    Preventive advice to organisations.

    Disciplinary proceedings, such as sports, Health Professions Council, police.

    Appellate work on points of law or unsafe convictions.

    Judicial review, including decisions of inferior courts/tribunals, and decisions whether or not to prosecute by the CPS.

    A selection of cases in silk

    R v Murphy and others. Prosecution of a multi-handed, high-profile, racist murder of an Asian taxi driver.

    R v Milakovic. Defence of a profoundly deaf social worker for the “mercy-killing”murder of his seriously ill baby son.

    R v Mook. Prosecution of a woman for poisoning her husband with Amitriptyline to cover up extensive fraud.

    R v Ballantyne and others. Prosecution of a joint enterprise murder.

    R v Walsh. Defending in a double murder of the accused’s partner and her daughter, with bodily mutilation and complex psychiatric issues.

    R v Hunt. A woman charged with murder and section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, relating to her baby. (One of the recent notorious Doncaster cases.)

    R v 0’Dowd. Defending singer Boy George for false imprisonment of a male escort.

    R v Mendez. A joint enterprise murder. Complex post-Rahman issues. Subsequently taken to the Court of Appeal and widely reported.

    Operation Amarillo City. A case of attempted murder, involving allegations of police officers deliberately listening to and viewing privileged material in the possession of a solicitor defendant.

    R v Doherty. A woman charged with murdering her ex-police officer partner.

    R (Hoare) v CPS. A judicial review of a decision by the CPS not to prosecute in a gross negligence manslaughter investigation.

    R v El Harti. Complex legal issues relating to insanity.

    Operation Pencader. A high profile multi-handed, joint enterprise murder of an Asian
    shopkeeper in Huddersfield.

    Inquest touching the death of Jackie Fisher. Representing a mining company in an inquest and civil claim relating to the death of an employee and the ensuing civil claim for damages.

    R v Letchford and others. Instructed in a joint enterprise case after the Court of Appeal had allowed an appeal of the initial convictions as a result of problems in the first trial.

    R v F. The defence of a student for allegedly coming violent disorder inside the Treasury during the student protests of 2010.

    R v Smith. The defence of a man charged with murdering his infant, in which the injuries were bilateral, complex skull fractures, and which involved very complex medical issues.

    R v Kemp. The defence of a woman charged with section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act when her sustained fatal injuries whilst both she and the baby were still in hospital.
    Detailed legal arguments as to the meaning of section 5.

    Inquest touching the death of Jason Jones. Issues of causation involving the interplay between complex medical evidence and factual evidence.

    R v Gohil. Involving allegations of very serious corruption in a high profile case.

    Selection of older cases as a junior

    R v Woodgate and others. Junior prosecuting counsel in a high-profile trial and re- trial of a number of Leeds United and England footballers.

    R v Blackstone and Morrison. Conspiracy to commit armed robbery. It was the first of a series of cases filmed from its inception, with the approval of the judiciary, by a BBC documentary team for a program called “Anatomy of Crime”.

    Donnygate cases. Prosecution and defence of a number of councillors for fraud and election offences.

    R v Dunlop. Prosecution of the accused for murder. The first ever re-trial of an acquitted person pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 provisions.

    Many cases involving death at the hands of state agents. Before taking silk, the only person authorised to act on behalf of the DPP in such cases.

  • Inquests

    • Instructions accepted in all cases involving death requiring an inquest or an inquiry
    • Special skill and experience with cases involving complex medical issues or other issues requiring expert evidence relating to causation.
    • Recent instructions have included traumatic deaths coalmines, in custody and in the airline industry

     
    Regulatory

    • Instructions accepted in all types of regulatory work.
    • Particular experience in relation to health professionals, and police disciplinary hearings.
    • Health and Safety at Work Act prosecutions, particularly those involving fatality

     
    Administrative

    • All areas of judicial review undertaken, although particular experience in relation to crime-related, inquest-related and regulatory-related matters.

     
    Notable Cases

    Legal advice to suspects during the SFO investigations into BAE and Balfour Beatty.

    Advising a senior police officer in relation to a high profile civil claim

  • Called to the Bar: 1988.

    QC: 2006.

    Recorder: 2004 (authorised to try Class 2 cases).

     
    Education

    London University. LLB (Hons) 1988