Guy Adams

Year of Call: 1989

Inn: Middle Temple

A very eloquent advocate.”

Legal 500,  2017
Public Law

Guy has a niche administrative law practice as part of a wider commercial and chancery practice. He both acts for private individuals and commercial bodies, whose interests have been adversely affected by administrative decisions, and public authorities. He has a particular interest in the grey area between public law and private law, including situations where authorities have to take decisions having regard to the public interest, but which may disproportionately affect legitimate private interests or expectations.

In the last year he has obtained permission to bring a judicial review in relation to residents parking in Bath, raising issues relating to interference with the frontagers’ private rights to use the road, and acted on an application for the judicial review of the decision of an arbitrator appointed under statute.

In Charles Terence Estates Ltd v Cornwall Council [2013] 1 WLR 466, Guy acted for the defendant council in a dispute between the housing department and a commercial partner in a scheme to provide housing for the homeless, raising issues as to the proper exercise of the council’s powers and the extent of its fiduciary duties to council taxpayers.

Appointments:

  • Junior Counsel to the Crown (2003-2007)

Professional memberships:

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Qualifications & awards:

  • MA (Cantab)