Adrian Maxwell

Adrian Maxwell

Call 1993 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications MA Oxon 1989; Bramshill Scholar at St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Professional Memberships Criminal Bar Association; Western Circuit; Forensic Science Society; Fellow of the Security Institute; Member of the Bar of the Sovereign Base Areas of Episcopi and Dhekalia (Cyprus); Chairman of the South West Fraud Forum.
Appointments Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Legal Adviser; FA National Anti Discrimination Chairman’s Panel; National Pro Bono Unit case Reviewer; CPS Prosecutor Grade 3


Adrian prosecutes and defends in all crime in all courts. He specialises in heavy fraud, money laundering, pubic sector corruption and domestic violence. He is a ‘Lead Advocate’ for the purposes of the VHCC legal aid process. He has presented in Moscow and Brussels on fraud and money-laundering.

Advising preliminary police investigations. Working with solicitors and experts in defence preparation.

He was standing counsel to PostComm (the postal regulator) advising on and conducting prosecutions under the Postal Services Act 2000.

Adrian is a founder member (2009) and first chairman of the South West Fraud Forum, a regional NGO bringing together business and anti-fraud bodies.

Adrian is a member of the Falkland Islands Government Approved Lawyers List – long distance advice of criminal procedure. He has advised the Attorney General of St. Helena on a sensitive matter involving police actions.

He is on the Combined Courts Martial list and a member of the Cyprus SBA Bar (Sovereign Base Areas of Dhekalia and Episcopi) appearing in the SBA courts representing forces personnel and Greek Cypriot nationals charged with offences under the SBA regulations.

He has advised lawyers based in the USA on the application of UK surveillance law on a Caribbean island.


Adrian has a broad experience in disciplinary matters. He appears in medical, pharmaceutical, prison, police, accountancy and other disciplinary tribunals and before prison parole boards. Acting for Care Home Staff appearing before CQC tribunals.

He is a Legal Adviser to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) advising tribunal members on the law and procedure and assisting the panel with draft reasons and sanctions.

He is a member of the FA Anti-Discrimination Chairman’s Panel.  Hearing and adjudicating on breaches of the Rules of Football brought by the FA against players at all ages, clubs and spectators. Drafting decisions and reasoning for publication through the FA to all County FAs.

He is a Fellow of the Security Institute and takes a special interest in the law relating to the security industry.

He is a Case Reviewer for the National Bar Pro Bono Unit. Considering applications to the unit for assistance in disciplinary and criminal matters. Assessing the merits and advising on appropriate counsel to assist the applicant.

Practice Overview

Adrian is a specialist in discipline and regulatory law and heavy crime specialist. He has a national practice in disciplinary and regulatory matters. He prosecutes and defends in all crime in all courts. He is a Legal Adviser to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary Panel and a member of the National FA Anti Discrimination Chairman’s Panel. In crime he specialises in serious fraud, money-laundering, confiscation (civil and criminal) and public sector corruption.

Adrian is a Case Reviewer for the National Bar Pro Bono Unit.

He is on the Combined Courts Martial List and a member of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas Bar (SBAs of Dhekalia and Episcopi.

Adrian is also on the ‘Falklands Islands Approved Lawyer List.

Public Access

Adrian is qualified to undertake Public Access work in appropriate cases. He defended in the first public access criminal trial under the new regulations, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.


Adrian came to the Bar after 24 years with the City of London Police. He was attached to the Special Patrol Group, No. 9 Regional Crime Squad, the City of London Fraud Squad and the Serious Fraud Office managing multidisciplianry teams investigating national and international fraud. He retired from the Force with the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.


VHCC Scheme

  • Ranked as a Leading Junior