Adam Payter > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


Adam is much in demand the fields of complex criminal litigation, investigations, extradition, inquests and inquiries and related areas of public law.

His recent high-profile work includes the criminal proceedings arising from the Hillsborough tragedy; representing families in the inquests and public inquiry into the Manchester arena terror attack; the successful defence of a company subject to a private prosecution for fraud; the first judicial review challenge to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement; the successful defence at trial of a company executive accused by the SFO of conspiracy to make corrupt payments in South Korea; representing company directors whose extradition is sought by the Russian Federation; acting for Pret a Manger following alleged allergy-related incidents; pre-charge advice in relation to the Grenfell tower fire and representing Extinction Rebellion and other protestors.

He is described in the 2020 legal directories as “an eloquent advocate who commands respect from the bench”; a “go to junior” “really user-friendly”; “extremely hard-working and very responsive”; he “quickly gains the trust of clients”; “produces excellent written work”; “carries with him a wealth of specialist knowledge which he is able to apply to any given case” and “raises extremely important points early on”.


Called 2008. Liberty Advice & Information Officer (2009); Justice of the Peace, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court (2008-2011); Treasurer and Chair of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association (2014-2016); Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 4); Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (B list); List of Special Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (B list); Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (C list) (Civil); author of EU Law in Criminal Practice (OUP).


Cardiff Law School Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding); awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Wolfson Scholarship, Hardwicke Award & Buchanan Prize; winner of the Kalisher Essay Competition 2010; University of Nottingham, LLB (Hons), Law; BVC (Outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Payter6KBW College HillHe is a top-notch junior within the field of extradition. His advocacy is flawless and very persuasive. Incredibly bright, very hard working and always well prepared. n cases of complexity, Adam is always willing and able to provide invaluable guidance and support.

Extradition cases form a core area of 6KBW College Hill‘s expertise, while the set also reports growth in instructions pertaining to international crime. Of recent note, the ‘formidable‘ Ben Lloyd is acting as junior counsel for Banmeet Singh in a request for Singh’s extradition back to the USA concerning charges of an alleged conspiracy to import drugs into the country via a dark web network. Meanwhile, ‘calm, measured and knowledgeable‘ Adam Payter is advising Shane Looker, a British citizen, on his proposed extradition from Spain to Thailand for the alleged murder of a sex worker. A ‘titan of the criminal bar‘, David Perry QC  is, for some, the number one choice for the most difficult legal challenges.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Adam Payter6KBW College HillAn engaging and persuasive as an advocate and a really safe lawyer to trust.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Adam Payter6KBW College HillAble to get to grips with complex underlying material very quickly.