David Adams

Year of Call 2018

David was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2018. Prior to admission, David spent 8 years in practice as a solicitor, rising to Senior Associate with a Glasgow litigation firm.

David’s practice focuses on crime, fatal accident and public inquiries, firearms licensing, road traffic prosecutions and road transport licensing. He also has experience of commercial disputes, insolvency, medical and professional negligence and personal injury.

David has appeared in Fatal Accident Inquiries, proofs and trials in the High Court and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland. David also has experience in conviction and sentence appeals, both acting alone or with a leader.

David has appeared before local authority licensing boards and the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland in several public inquiries relating to HGV and PSV operator licences as well as driver conduct hearings.

David is a tutor in civil litigation at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Faculty of Advocates’ human rights sub-committee.

Representative Cases

Counsel for Anne Darnley, mother of the late Sarah Helen Darnley, in the Sumburgh Fatal Accident Inquiry [2020] FAI 34 - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2020fai34.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Counsel for Mrs Ruth Moss, mother of the late Sophie Anne Parkinson, in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of Sophie Anne Parkinson [2020] FAI 32 - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2020fai32.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Junior Counsel for Dr Lucy Thomas, fiancée of the late Capt. David Traill, in the Clutha Fatal Accident Inquiry [2019] FAI 46 - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2019fai46.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Counsel for Kenneth Thomson in Kenneth Thomson v HMA [2020] HCJAC 49 - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2020hcjac49.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Junior Counsel for the Petitioner in a judicial review application by a police officer against the Scottish Police Authority, reported as BD, Petitioner [2019] CSOH 53



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