John Adams > Browne Jacobson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

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John is a partner and head of Insolvency and Dispute Resolution in London leading a team specialising in both domestic and cross-border insolvency and commercial disputes. He has a specialism in contentious insolvency matters which often arise out of fraud such as his work advising the US Trustee of Bernard Madoff L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the estate of Bernard L. Madoff. He advises on all aspects of asset investigation and recovery including in the context of corporate and personal insolvency.

John has vast experience of recovery of all types of assets from the fraudster’s stereotypical Spanish properties to racehorses, bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.

The fraud matters that John advises on often involve criminal or regulatory investigations running in tandem which requires liaising with the appropriate authority. John is also a great tactician and well versed in using the full litigation toolbox to achieve the desired outcome for his clients including worldwide freezing orders and third-party disclosure orders such as Norwich Pharmacal Orders.

Although John is best known for his contentious insolvency and fraud work, he also advises on non-contentious insolvency matters including advising directors on the appointment of administrators or liquidators and advising on the sale or purchase of assets of insolvent companies.

John is a member of several insolvency and fraud associations including: Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA), R3 – Association of Business Recovery Professionals, INSOL Europe/International, Fraud Lawyers Association, London Solicitors Litigation Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association. In addition to regularly attending fraud and insolvency conferences, John is often invited to speak including at the INSOL Europe Annual Congress and the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime.


2015 – Present   Browne Jacobson LLP

2008 – 2015       Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

2002 – 2008       Irwin Mitchell LLP


  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA)
  • R3 – Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • INSOL Europe
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association


2004                 Qualified and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales

2001 – 2002     Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law Chester)

1997 – 2000     LLB Law (University of Leicester)

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘efficient and knowledgeable’ Nottingham team handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency and recovery cases for creditors and debtors. On the contentious side, the firm represents creditors, joint administrators and liquidators in high value claims in various industries. Legal director Emma Taylor has a wealth of experience assisting creditors and distressed companies with restructuring procedures and business-critical transactions. In a recent highlight, she acted for Sunrise Records Entertainment on its purchase of assets from the joint administrators of HMV Retail Limited for £885,000, resulting in the preservation of almost 1500 jobs. John Adams leads the firm’s London team, which often works with the Nottingham office, and has notable expertise in fraud and asset recovery.