Crime

Adam advises and appears in cases involving:

  • Serious violence
  • Weapons and firearms
  • Drugs
  • Death or serious injury on the roads
  • Fraud
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Sexual offences, including ‘historic’ or ‘non-recent’ allegations.

Regulatory/quasi-criminal offences:

  • Health and Safety
  • Trading Standards
  • Education Act
  • Insolvency

Recent representative cases:

Serious violence, weapons

  • R v G.  Aggravated burglary.  A multi-handed drugs-related case involving firearms and other weapons.
  • R v G.  False imprisonment, GBH.  A multi-handed case involving the torture of a vulnerable man.
  • R v P.  Prosecution of a ‘Freeman on the Land’ carrying an arsenal of offensive weapons.
  • R v G.  GBH.  Revenge attack on neighbour with claw hammer.

Dishonesty, offences against administration of justice

  • R v S.  Assisting an offender.  Suspect mistakenly shot during a covert police operation to arrest a family member.
  • R v D.  Perverting the course of justice, Fraud.  False allegations of rape and harassment, falsification of DNA paternity test.
  • R v R.  Fraud, Theft.  Disqualified company director defrauding clients.
  • R v R.  Burglary.  Successful defence of ‘third-strike’ burglar found in complainant’s garden carrying complainant’s property.

Sexual offences

  • R v R.  Rape.  Consensual sex between girl below age of consent and family friend.
  • R v E.  Rape.  Former soldier accused of historic (22 years) sexual assaults on step-daughter, step-son and daughter of a family friend.
  • R v P.  Indecency with a Child.  Former sailor accused of historic (50 years) sexual assault on neighbour’s child.
  • R v G.  Indecency with a Child.  Accusations of historic (41 years) sexual assaults on child.
  • R v B.  Sexual assault.  Sexual assault by youth on step-mother, defence of automatism.  Issue of ‘insanity’ in sleep-walking.  Expert evidence that the law has not kept pace with psychiatry.
  • R v M.  Sexual assault.  Lodger accused of sexual assault on landlady.  Defence of consent.
  • R v R.  Rape.  Historic (40 years) sexual offences against natural daughter and step-daughter.

Death/serious injury on roads

  • R v A.  Serious injury by dangerous driving.  Car hit reveller outside nightclub.  Suspected driver arrested for attempted murder.  Defence of mistaken identity.
  • R v P.  Serious injury by dangerous driving.  Paramedic disabled speed limiter and drove unstable ambulance at excessive speed at end of shift.  Loss of control and crash, colleague thrown from rolling vehicle into tree and suffered broken back.
  • R v A.  Death by careless driving.  Death of motorcyclist in collision with a farm vehicle performing a difficult turn.  Issues of speed and lines of sight.

Drugs

  • R v G.  Conspiracy to import drugs.  Led junior in multi-million pound importation of cocaine from Central America using insiders at port of entry.

Military/Courts martial

Military

Adam Norris served in the Army for 12 years before studying for the Bar.

He has a deep understanding of the culture, language and idiosyncrasies of service life and is therefore able to grasp the particular implications of a case involving military personnel, whether in the military or civilian courts.  He combines this with his knowledge of both criminal and military law to offer a first-class service in this specialist sphere.

He has appeared in cases involving serving and former military personnel in the civilian criminal jurisdiction, principally in the Crown Court; and in the military jurisdiction, in both the Court Martial and the Court Martial Appeal Court.

He regularly appears in Military Court Centres within UK and abroad and has security clearance, which enables him to deal with cases of a particularly sensitive nature.

Recent representative cases:

Military defendants

  • R v S.  GBH.  Senior NCO accused of serious assault on Special Forces Warrant Officer in civilian pub car park.  Self defence.
  • R v C.  GBH.  Junior NCO accused of serious assault on civilian during a night out.  Defence of another.
  • R v A.  Theft.  Prosecution of personnel attached to Special Forces stealing and selling specialist military equipment abroad.

Court Martial

  • R v S.  Rape.  Promising naval medic accused of rape of colleague in camp after night out during training.  Convicted after trial, sentenced to detention and discharged.  Successful appeal against conviction and reinstated.
  • R v P.  Assault.  Well-meaning female military nurse accused of assault on boorish colleague following his reprehensible behaviour.  Plea on minimal basis.  Referred back to Commanding Officer for punishment.
  • R v M.  Assault.  Experienced sailor accused of assault on under-performing shipmate during argument on board.  Plea on minimal basis.  Admonished (expression of dissatisfaction) by Board.
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Professional bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Direct Access

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

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