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Adam Taylor

Call 2014

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Adam’s extensive inquest experience covers health and safety, personal injury, public law, RTA and product liability inquests. He has acted as sole counsel in a number of multi-day jury inquests, and he has experience of article 2 issues. Adam’s clients include national utilities companies, care homes, construction/building companies, families and the emergency services. He is able to offer complimentary expertise in civil or criminal regulatory proceedings arising out of the inquest.

Selected Cases

  •  Adam was sole counsel in a three-week Article 2 inquest into the death of a consultant doctor who was attacked by his son, following his son’s escape from detention in hospital on mental health grounds. Adam acted for the local council and its Approved Mental Health Professionals. The inquest addressed the issue of the son’s mental health care and treatment over a number of years as well as multiple Mental Health Act assessments carried out by different AMHPs. From the four barristers instructed by the four IPs, Adam was the only one instructed who was not a silk. The case received extensive national press coverage:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mental-health-patient-kills-father-after-medical-and-security-failures-l9fpx727r

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-67616516

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cn3dxzlexzzo

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/16/serious-care-failings-factor-in-son-daniel-killing-father-kim-harrison-coroner-in-wales-rules

  • Adam was sole counsel in a two-day multi-party inquest into the death of an elderly individual who suffered a fall at home following his release from hospital. Adam acted for the local council. Issues arose as to the interaction between the hospital trust, the council, and the private care provider as to the release and care plan for the deceased.
  • Adam is currently instructed in relation to an upcoming five-day inquest into the suicide of a young woman in a care home.
  • Adam was sole counsel for a care home company in relation to an inquest into the death by aspiration of food of an autistic resident of a care home.
  • Adam was sole counsel for a care home in relation to the seizure-related death of a resident with epilepsy.
  • 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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-40952378

  • 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 was junior counsel in relation to an inquest concerning the death of a young child in a domestic elevator.
  • Representing the family in an inquest involving the suicide of a patient discharged by mental health clinicians. The issues included whether Article 2 applied, neglect, the mental health assessment and the handover to the home treatment team.
  • Representing the family in an inquest into the death of a conspiracy theorist abroad in Poland.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-46810312

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/06/hopes-that-inquest-will-shed-light-on-conspiracy-theorists-death

  • Representing a care home in an inquest involving the death of a dementia patient.
  • Representing an insurer in an inquest involving a fatal RTA where the allegation of jumping a red light meant that traffic light sequencing was in issue.
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Qualifications


  • Hardwicke, Droop and Shelford Scholarships, 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

Memberships


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Ordre des Avocats Vaudois (Vaudois Bar Association, invited member)
  • Federation Suisse des Avocats (Swiss Bar Association)
  • Association Suisse de Droit du Sport (Swiss Sports Law Association)

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