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Adam Taylor

Call 2014

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Adam is a specialist junior in all areas of health & safety and regulatory work. He has appeared as sole counsel in the Coroner’s Court, the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court. He regularly appears at inquest and at pre-inquest review. He has experience of cases involving construction projects, emergency services response, and the provision of care services. He has also appeared on behalf of the Environment Agency in a waste prosecution.

Adam was recently seconded to the criminal regulatory team at DWF LLP, where he dealt with a number of high-profile cases, including fire safety, construction and demolition cases. He has experience of FFI disputes and drafting written submissions to the HSE. Adam is often instructed to represent defendants in relation to criminal, coronial and civil proceedings arising out of the same incident.

Selected Cases

  • Adam was recently instructed as junior to Mark Balysz in a two-week s.3 HSWA trial involving a work at height fatality. The case involved consideration of the scope of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 in relation to scaffolding and demolition, and the effect of the Approved Code of Practice. There were also issues as to jurors being discharged, corporate adverse inference, and whether there was a case to answer.
  • Instructed as sole counsel on a four-day jury inquest concerning the death of a Yorkshire Water employee in an oxygenated dry well at a treatment plant, who died when an angle grinder set his clothes on fire. Adam was instructed on behalf of Yorkshire Water.
  • Instructed as sole counsel on a four-day jury inquest concerning a work at height incident involving ladder use in a leisure centre. There were five interested parties participating in the inquest.
  • Adam is being led by James Ageros QC for the defendant company facing a prosecution and inquest concerning the death of a young child in a domestic elevator.
  • Adam was sole counsel for the defendant medium-size company at sentencing, following a serious fall from height injury. Although the company was in administration and fined a nominal £1, the judge conducted a thorough sentencing exercise to see what the fine would otherwise have been, and Adam achieved a £350,000 reduction from the prosecution starting point.
  • Representing the micro-company defendant at a sentencing hearing in respect of a s.3 HSWA offence.
  • Drafted detailed witness statements and submissions to HSE in a LOLER thorough examination case, prior to the HSE’s decision not to prosecute.
  • In respect of a company with a circa £1billion turnover, attending the first appearance hearing and obtaining an adjournment, and then subsequently advising the company on plea and sentence.
  • Securing a trial in the magistrates court as opposed to Crown Court at a plea before venue hearing, for a corporate defendant with a c.£600million turnover.
  • Responding to a hearsay application where the key prosecution witness was working in China and had failed to respond to email requests to give evidence via video link.
  • Responding to a hearsay application which relied upon the “relevant person is dead” exception.
  • Defending a corporate landlord in a private prosecution brought by its tenants: plea bargaining led to six of eight offences being dropped, and following Adams submissions on sentencing, the Defendant was fined approximately 10% of the maximum fine originally possible.
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  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Droop Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Margaret Branthwaite CPE Prize
  • BPTC, University of Law, Birmingham
  • GDL, University of Birmingham
  • BA Hons (First Class), Worcester College, University of Oxford


  • BASL
  • PIBA

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