Having spent over twenty years dealing with cases involving sexual allegations, Adam has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in this particularly difficult and sensitive area of the criminal law. His attention to detail, sound knowledge of the law and sensitive yet effective way he deals with witnesses led to Adam receiving regular instructions to defend and prosecute such offences when a junior. Since taking silk in 2016, Adam’s reputation in this area has ensured that he continues to be instructed to deal with sexual offence cases of the highest magnitude, often involving the consideration of life sentences and attracting national media interest. He sits as a Crown Court Recorder in sexual offence cases and is one of the lead trainers for the Western Circuit in relation to vulnerable witness training.
Adam’s experience in this specialist field covers both contact and non-contact offences, such as grooming and indecent images. As one of only three Counsel selected to prosecute the Operation Orr cases in Hampshire in the mid 2000’s, he acquired particular knowledge and expertise in relation to the investigation, interrogation and presentation at trial of computer and internet related material. His high level of understanding of such complex and technical evidence has been regularly maintained by involvement in cases involving computer related material and training on the subject.
During 2017 and 2018, Adam was one of the lead trainers for the Western Circuit in its roll out of the nationally approved vulnerable witness training course. This involved organising, supervising and assisting with the training at a number of courses designed to ensure all advocates were aware of and could use the toolkits from the Advocates’ Gateway and other material relating to the questioning of vulnerable witnesses.
Examples of recent cases include:
R v Higgins (ongoing) – A case attracting national media interest, Adam is involved (leading Berenice Mulvanny) in a case involving alleged indecent assaults against teenage boys by ex-premier league youth team coach. The allegations stretch over 25 years and go back to the early 1970s, covering a wide range of alleged abuse to 24 different complainants. The case will be the subject of a documentary due to be broadcast in 2020.
R v F (2017) – Leading Counsel in a case involving the copycat abduction and rape of one victim, and the online grooming, meeting and sexual assault of others. Having watched violent videos of such acts, the Defendant acted out the scenes with a teenage girl he had met online, abducting her, taking her to a remote location and raping her. This followed other similar behaviour with other victims. Following a plea of guilty, a life sentence resulted.
R v L (2016) – An aggravated burglary involving the sexual assault of a 9-year-old boy and assault of his mother led to the Defendant being arrested and investigated. Analysis of his computer showed first generation movies and images of the Defendant sexually abusing three young female victims ten years previously, and a vast number of indecent images of children and non-indecent but voyeuristic photographs of local children taken by the Defendant. Other complainants came forward before the trial, which lasted nearly five weeks. Two separate life sentences were imposed.
R v C (2016-2017) – A case involving historical allegations going back over forty years against stepfather of two girls. Adam was instructed as a junior but conducted the case in silk. Following partial acquittals at the first trial, a retrial involved the added complication of the Defendant becoming unfit to plead due to ongoing dementia.
R v D (2016) – Historical allegations of rape, indecent assault and other sexual abuse made against a family member by five complainants, some known to each other and others not.
Other cases available on request.
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) - Band 1
'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) - Band 2
'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) - Band 1
'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
'He can react to the unexpected without missing a beat.''
Legal 500 2018/19/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading Silks
‘His expertise includes homicide, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking cases.’
Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading Silks
'An excellent advocate, who has a very good manner with clients.'
Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading Silks
'His varied practice includes serious violence, public order, fraud and drugs offences.'
Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading Silks
'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/Western Circuit, Crime
- 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
- Western Circuit
- Criminal Bar Association
Adam Feest QC is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information
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