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No5 Barristers Chambers

Chambers of Mark Anderson QC

Work 0845 210 5555
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Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London

Adam Farrer

Work 0121 606 0500
No5 Barristers Chambers (Chambers of Mark Anderson QC)


Adam specialises in health and safety and personal injury work. Adam is on the Attorney General’s HSE ‘A’ List and the Attorney General’s Civil Panel. He has over 20 years’ experience of conducting cases in the Crown, Magistrates’, County and Coroner’s Courts. Adam has considerable experience of advising and appearing in cases arising from manufacturing machinery, construction, asbestos, gas, care homes and farming, and has considerable experience of abuse of process applications in regulatory cases. He regularly appears in cases involving deaths in prisons and police custody, military deaths, road accidents and work related factory and farming fatalities. Personal injury work includes very high value brain injury cases, including for the CICA, with cases frequently between £3m and £10m. Adam is currently acting for the CICA in the case of Re ‘S’ where the applicant is challenging by way of judicial review the Tribunal’s decision that the appropriate discount rate is 2.5%. Recent notable cases: HSE Prosecution – R v Crute, Court of Appeal: a gas work offence by a company (that became insolvent) and its director; HSE Prosecution – Luton Crown Court, February 2014, acting for the defendant, a large manufacturer of commercial vehicles (lifting accident, not fatal); HSE prosecution of a landlord – Derby Crown Court – November 2013, fatal gas case; HSE Inquest – Boston Coroners’ Court – August 2013, arising from a fall from a window at Pilgrim Hospital; The HSE Prosecution of a principal contractor and a scaffolding company – Worcester Crown Court – July 2013, fatal accident; High Court Judicial Review proceedings following a prosecution by a District Council of a hotel and its owner for food hygiene offences – July 2013; HSE Prosecution of a NHS Hospital Trust – Wolverhampton Crown Court, fatal accident when an elderly patient fell from a first floor upper sash window, sustaining fatal injuries; defence (to HSE Prosecution) – Derby Crown Court, prosecution of a director under section 37 HSWA, relating to his neglect in permitting employees to be lifted on an unsafe lifting platform; HSE Prosecution – Worcester Crown Court, six day trial, prosecution of national demolition company and firm of architects, arising from failures to identify that a high voltage electricity cable was still live on a demolition site.


Called to the Bar 1992; previously articled at Eversheds, Birmingham and qualified as a solicitor.


Nottingham University (1985-88, LLB Hons).


Golf, tennis, skiing.

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Adam Farrer - No5 Barristers ChambersExperienced in representing families and organisations in inquests.

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