Adam Black

Year of Call 2020

Adam practised as a solicitor for three years before calling to the Bar in 2020. Since then, Adam has enjoyed a mixed civil and criminal practice across diverse practice areas.

Adam has acted for pursuers and defenders concerning a range of personal injury litigation. He has also been instructed in claims arising from clinical negligence and historical abuse. 

As a solicitor, Adam gained a wide range of experience defending persons accused of serious crime. Adam has conducted both summary and jury trials, including in the High Court of Justiciary. More recently, Adam has developed a regulatory crime practice. 

Adam has acted in children's referral proofs and related judicial review. 

Many of the cases in which Adam has acted have involved representing vulnerable persons. Adam has a particular interest in cases involving mental health law. He has regularly appeared before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and has been appointed as a curator ad litem.  He has been instructed in appeals to the Sheriff Principal against decisions of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. 

Adam has experience in professional discipline. Before calling, he was appointed as an ad-hoc reporter to the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Conduct Sub-Committee. 

Representative Cases

Scott Henry Sneddon Mackay v HMA [2017] HCJAC 44
As Solicitor in an appeal against conviction in the first case to consider the terms of S51A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Lilburn v AA, CG and CPLAS Trustees Limited [2018] CSIH 2
As Solicitor in an application to the Court of Session for an order ordaining the Pension Ombudsman to state a case. The applicant sought (unsuccessfully) to persuade the Court of Session to use its discretion for relief from failing to comply with the rules based on his history of mental health illness.

Mason v PF Stornoway (Unreported) 2018
As Solicitor, successful appeal against sentence to Sheriff Appeal Court (Criminal). This case involved a Sheriff’s decision to impose sex offenders registration requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 following the imposition of a Compulsion Order. Successfully argued that this disposal was incompetent following the breach of a Risk of Sexual Harm Order where the accused was not a 'relevant offender' under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

HMA v Andrew Ross 2019 (Inverness Sheriff Court)
As Solicitor, acquittal in a case involving an allegation of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement with a knife.

Cameron v PF Edinburgh (Unreported) 2020
This successful appeal against sentence to the Sheriff Appeal Court (Criminal) considered the proper approach to discounting a custodial sentence where backdating was not possible.

JM v Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland B1379/20 (Glasgow Sheriff Court)
This successful appeal to the Sheriff Principal against a decision of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland considered the fairness and compatibility of MHTS being unable to grant an adjournment to an application for a Compulsory Treatment Order, in the case of a patient who had been subject to a Transfer for Treatment Direction before the application.

AB, Petitioner v Principal Reporter 2021 P1053/20
This petition for judicial review concerned a recognition by the Children's Reporter that KA was a relevant person in relation to AB by virtue of an agreement regarding paternity between KA and AB's mother. The petition was significantly late and the court declined to exercise its discretion under S27A of the Court of Session Act 1988 to allow the petition to proceed. 

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