Adrian Crossley

Barrister | Called 2013

Public Access Accredited

Georgia Griffiths


Adrian has a busy and almost exclusively civil practice. He started his career at the bar as a Prosecutor, having gained a scholarship from the Crown Prosecution Service, and completing the BPTC (‘Very Competent’). Since his call in 2013, Adrian has worked as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and as independent counsel regularly appearing in the Crown Court and developing his advocacy and witness handling skills.

Adrian is known for his thorough preparation as well as his robust and effective witness examination. He is Direct Access qualified and attends hearings throughout England and Wales. Adrian is regularly instructed in cases involving the following areas:

  • Personal Injury, appearing in a broad range of cases ranging in severity from small claims matters, involving cases such as slipping cases or road traffic incidents, to Multi Track cases involving longstanding psychiatric harm.
  • Landlord and Tenant, appearing on behalf of both private landlords and housing associations, as well as tenants.
  • Credit Hire as well as wider Road Traffic litigation involving liability disputes.
  • Breach of Contract, including consumer rights cases, as well as those involving business to business disputes.
  • Private Crime, predominantly road traffic matters and cases involving the destruction of dogs.

Adrian has experience of conducting private Prosecutions having represented a London based union, in its challenge of the legality of Ubers operating practices in the UK.

Adrian has recent experience and a developing practice in the following areas:

  • Immigration Law
  • PPI Claims
  • Animal Law

Education, memberships and qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), University of Law
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), University of Law
  • BA Hons History, Hull University
  • Middle Temple

Adrian’s expertise


Personal Injury

Adrian deals with a broad spectrum of work covering occupiers liability, employers liability and public liability claims. He has appeared in a broad range of cases ranging in severity from small claims cases involving slipping cases or road traffic incidents to Multi Track cases involving longstanding psychiatric harm.

Landlord and Tenant

Adrian has a growing practice in this area, often appearing on behalf of both private landlords and housing associations for possession orders and return of deposit cases.

Credit Hire

Adrian has substantial experience in credit hire cases and has represented both claimants and defendants in these cases. With recent experience in both the small claims and the multi-track levels.

Breach of Contract

Adrian has represented a nationwide commercial group in a dispute between contracted suppliers. He has experience in cases involving consumer rights.


Cases of Note

TP v M The successful representation of a nationwide company in a high-value commercial dispute in a multi-track case. The dispute involved the defendant refusing to pay for goods and alleging the claimant’s negligence in providing defective products. The claimant was awarded the full sum claimed with Part 36 consequences for the defendant.

KO v L The successful representation of a member of the public attacked by a dog under the charge of a dog walker, in a Fast Track trial. The case involved a complete denial of the incident and no independent corroborating evidence. The Claim was successful with Part 36 consequences.

ML v I The successful representations on behalf of the claimant at a CCMC in which we contended that a failure to file a costs budget in time debarred the defence from any of their costs in a Multi-Track case.



Adrian has substantial experience in the criminal courts and continues to accept instructions on private road traffic matters and in Dangerous Dogs cases. Adrian has an excellent knowledge of Road Traffic law, having worked as an Associate Prosecutor, dealing with these matters in busy West London Courts for over 6 years, then charging and reviewing traffic cases as a Senior Crown Prosecute in the CPS and defending these cases since his call to the Bar in 2013. Adrian will advise and represent on cases including;

Road Traffic cases involving

  • Special Reasons arguments
  • Exceptional Hardship arguments
  • Excess Alcohol and Drug Driving
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Careless Driving

Dangerous Dogs

  • Appeals against Destruction Orders


Cases of Note

R v L: A private prosecution, a case that questioned the legality of Ubers operating practices.

R v B and others (2014): A Prosecution of a three-handed robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of an imitation firearm.

R v H (2016): Acting as Junior Counsel Successfully defended an accused in the Hatton Garden Jewelry Heist case. Led by Philip Sinclair.

R v JH (2017): Successful defence of client accused of s.18 GBH by wounding the face of the victim with a glass, in a case that involved, what the Prosecution submitted, was an admission in interview.

L v L (2017): A private prosecution, a case that questioned the legality of Ubers operating practices

Other Interests

Adrian has also advised government on legal reforms to the Justice System, in his previous role as head of a policy unit in a Westminster Think-Tank. In this role, Adrian has advised Ministers, Peers, MP’s and Government reviews and lead social policy research teams, before compiling and publishing reports. Adrian sat on an Expert Review Group for a Home Office Commissioned Independent Review of Drug use in the UK, he has contributed written

submissions on behalf of a think tank to various internal government reviews, including the Gambling review, and has appeared before two Select Committees to advocate for policy reforms.