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Adam Feest QC

Year of Call: 1994
Year of Silk: 2016
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Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

During his career as a junior and now Leading Counsel, Adam has regularly undertaken work which relates to fraud, deceptions, money-laundering and other financial offences. With a good head for figures, accounts and financial documents, and a widely-regarded ability to pay attention to detail in cases involving high volumes of material (electronic and otherwise), Adam is able to navigate through complicated financial scenarios in order to give clear and sensible advice.

His detailed case preparation and presentation enables him to put his client’s case effectively and efficiently, thereby achieving good results even under often challenging circumstances. Dealing with ancillary orders in such cases in the same meticulous way allows Adam to reliably achieve fair and manageable monetary settlements.

His expertise in this area has led to him being entrusted to deal with high value tax and other frauds when sitting as a Recorder, and well as regularly being asked to make and review Proceeds of Crime Act orders.

Examples of cases include:

R v Carter
A case involving multiple false/fraudulent mortgage applications, partly financed by other illegal and dishonest activity on the Defendant’s part, and partly financed by defaulting on earlier (also fraudulent) mortgages. This case was split into three separate trials due to the disparate and voluminous nature of the material involved, one of which lasted over two months. Adam provided advice to the client throughout the case, helped present the case at court and dealt with the financial orders post-trial.

R v Tee
A multi-defendant fraud orchestrated by a financial advisor “arranging” for multiple clients to delay/cease payments on debts by various means.  Involving large amounts of financial paperwork and correspondence, Adam successfully dealt with the case in the Crown Court and at the Court of Appeal.

R v M, Op. Mohican, Op. Hollow
All cases involving significant money-laundering activities arising out of illegal drug dealing conspiracies.  Each case required the tracing of assets, analysis of bank and other financial documents, and a good understanding of accounting and financial processes.

  • Recommendations

    Adam Feest QC is recognised for both defending and prosecuting serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience of acting in drugs, fraud and deception cases. He is noted for his work with vulnerable clients and excels in cases involving complex technical evidence.
    Strengths: "A very smooth operator." "An extremely able, competent and efficient silk who knows exactly what he is talking about. He works hard, is incredibly personable and charming with the jury, polite and courteous with the judge and he serves his client properly."
    Recent work: Appeared for the defence in a trial concerning the double killing of the defendant's estranged wife and teenage daughter, by cutting their throats and stabbing them in the street.

    Chambers UK 2022/Crime/Western (Bar)

    Strengths: "His strengths are his wealth of experience, his communication skills and ability to make the victims and witnesses feel at ease. He is excellent on his feet."
    Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Mills, a case in which the defendant was accused of shooting and killing his lover's husband with an illegally acquired pistol

    Chambers UK 2021/Crime/Western (Bar)

    Strengths: "He is incredibly thorough and he charms the judges and the jury."
    Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a historic sexual abuse case against an ex Southampton FC youth coach, involving 24 complainants and allegations spanning over two decades.

    Chambers UK 2020/Crime/Western (Bar)

    He is recognised for both defending and prosecuting serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience of acting in drugs, fraud and deception cases. He is noted for his work with vulnerable clients.
    "He is a standout and he always impresses."
    Recent work: Prosecuted in a case involving the non-accidental death of a toddler due to severe and traumatic injuries.

    Chambers UK 2019/Crime/Western (Bar)

    Strengths: "He has in-depth knowledge of the issues, maintains a good rapport with clients and explains complex issues well."

    Chambers UK 2018/Crime /Western (Bar)

    'Silk who both defends and prosecutes serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience acting in cases of drugs, fraud and deception.'

    Chambers UK 2017/Crime/Western (Bar)

    'He defends and prosecutes murders, rapes and other serious criminal offences.
    Strengths: "He is very able and has a powerful advocacy style." "He knows his briefs inside out. His analytical ability is amazing."'

    Chambers UK 2016/Crime/Western (Bar)

    'Prosecutes and defends in cases ranging from fraud and theft to money laundering and drugs importation. He is widely praised for his expertise in cases concerning the ill treatment or neglect of vulnerable adults.
    Expertise: "He has excellent analytical abilities and is always calm under pressure."'

    Chambers UK 2015/Crime/Western (Bar)

    'Adam Feest is well known for his experience in representing clients in large drug conspiracies. He also acts as junior in a wide range of other criminal matters.
    Expertise: “He is a really good advocate who is very well prepared, calm and thorough.”

    Chambers UK 2014/Crime/Western Circuit


    ‘An excellent barrister: a formidable opponent with a charming manner.’

    Legal 500 2021/Crime (General and Fraud)/Leading Silks/Western Circuit

    ‘The absolute professional and a master of his craft.’

    "In recent instructions of note, Adam Feest QC prosecuted former Southampton FC youth coach Bob Higgins, who was convicted in a 2019 retrial of sexually abused youth players over two decades, involving issues of hearsay applications and new complainants. Among the set's juniors"

    Legal 500 2021/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    ‘A calm, measured and compelling jury advocate.'

    Legal 500 2020/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    'He can react to the unexpected without missing a beat.''

    Legal 500 2018/19/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    ‘His expertise includes homicide, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking cases.’

    Legal 500 2017/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    'An excellent advocate, who has a very good manner with clients.'

    Legal 500 2016/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    'His varied practice includes serious violence, public order, fraud and drugs offences.'

    Legal 500 2015/Crime/Leading Silks/Regional Bar/Western Circuit

    'Recommended for cases regarding ill treatment and neglect of vulnerable adults.'

    Legal 500 2014/Western Circuit

    '3PB’s Adam Feest "stands out".'

    Legal 500 2013/Crime/Western Circuit

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Chambers and Partners rankings

  • Leading Silk 2022

Legal 500 rankings

  • Leading Silk 2022

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) in Jurisprudence, Keble College, Oxford University 1989-92

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Bar Vocational Course, 1992-93
  • Called to the Bar (Inner Temple), February 1994
  • Pupil Supervisor since 2003
  • Appointed to Attorney General’s List of Special Advocates 2005
  • Recorder 2009, authorised to try cases involving serious sexual allegations 2014
  • Tutor Judge for the Judicial College 2016
  • GMC legal assessor 2010-2018
  • NMC legal assessor 2010-2016

Professional bodies

  • Western Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association

Direct Access

Adam Feest QC is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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