Adrian Williams Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

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adrian.williams@wardellchambers.com.au


Adrian is a highly experienced barrister with extensive expertise across a broad range of areas of criminal and civil law. He has developed a strong reputation in matters concerning government agencies in civil, criminal and regulatory contexts, as well as acting for institutions and conducting proceedings involving unrepresented litigants. His experience extends to appearing in inquests, general criminal law(particularly Commonwealth crime, such as terrorism), regulatory prosecutions, commissions of inquiry, state administrative law matters and proceedings involving intentional torts, care and protection matters, professional disciplinary and insurance disputes. He also possesses experience in bankruptcy proceedings, equity and adoption matters.Regularly appearing in Courts and Tribunals across New South Wales at trial and appellate level for individuals, the Commonwealth and State Government and the New South Wales Police Force.
Adrian’s expansive advocacy practice sees him appearing in a diverse range of jurisdictions including the Supreme Court of New South Wales, District Court of New South Wales, NSW Court of Appeal and NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. He also possesses experience in the Local Court of New South Wales, NSW Children’s Court, NSW Coroner’s Court, ACT Magistrate’s Court, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)and formerly the Medical Tribunal. He largely appears unled, including in appeals and is increasingly and routinely appearing with a junior counsel. Prior to being called to the Bar, Adrian practiced as a solicitor in reputable mid-tier law firms, mainly in the areas of general medico-legal, torts, criminal law, general commercial litigation and conducted matters on behalf of LawCover. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.
ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE
  • 2005 Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 2001 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1999 Bachelor of Laws: University of New South Wales
  • 1999 Bachelor of Arts with Honours(English Literature): University of New South Wales
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2007–present Barrister, Wardell Chambers
  • 2005 –2007 Barrister, Forbes Chambers
  • 2003 –2004 Solicitor, Turtons Lawyers
  • 2002 –2003 Solicitor, Colin Biggers &Paisley
  • 2000 –2002 Solicitor, TressCox & MaddoxSolicitors
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
  • Member, New South Wales Bar Association
  • Associate Member, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member, Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Member, International Association of Prosecutors
  • Former Council Member, St Thomas More Society(2015 –2017)
  • Former Committee Member of the Professional Conduct Committee, New South Wales Bar Association(2013 –2017
MENTORING AND ACADEMIA
    • Tutor of four successful Readers at the Bar
    • Mentor to undergraduate law students at the University of Notre Dame Law School and at UTS
PUBLICATIONS
    • Adrian is an updating author of Chapter 1.5 “Pleamaking in Local Courts” in the Lawyers Practice Manual NSW, Thomson LBC Loose-le
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Adrian is a regular speaker including to the Crown Solicitor’s Office, Department of Justice, Department of Family and Community Services and Police Prosecutors on topics such as subpoenas, powers of arrest, recusal of judicial officers, s29 Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and civil proceedings involving prisoners
SELECT CASES New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal
  • Kim v R [2018] NSWCCA 68 – unled for the Crown
  • MI v R [2017] NSWCCA 225 – unled for the Crown
  • Heath v R [2016] NSWCCA 24 – unled for the Crown
  • R v Peart and Sorokin [2015] NSWCCA 321 – a Crown appeal against the quashing of an indictment – Led by the then Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Robert Bromwich SC (as he then was)
  • Elshani v R [2015] NSWCCA 254 – unled for the Crown
  • Zaky v R [2015] NSWCCA 161 – unled for the Crown
  • Dui Kol v R [2015] NSWCCA 150 – unled for the Crown
  • Lay v R [2014] NSWCCA 310 – unled for the Crown
  • The Application of the Attorney General for New South Wales dated 4 April 2014[2014]NSWCCA251– led by Ian Temby QC for the Attorney General
  • Jacob v R [2014] NSWCCA 65; (2014) 240 ACrimR 239 – led by Tim Game SC for the appellant
  • Hennessy v R [2012] NSWCCA 241 – unled for the Crown
  • R v RK and LK [2008] NSWCCA 338(2008) 73 NSWLR 357–junior to Peter Hastings QC following a trial in which Adrian had appeared
  • RLT v Regina [2006] NSWCCA 357 – junior to Peter Hamill SC (as he then was) – for the appellant
ACT Supreme Court
  • Hollis v Rogers [2016] ACTSC 156 – unled for the Crown – criminal offence against Civil Aviation regulations
New South Wales Court of Appeal
  • Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services v Hayward [2018] NSWCA 209 – Court of Appeal bench of 5 granting declarations as to the operation of s29 Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 arising from the issue of subpoenas in a criminal trial – led by the Crown Advocate, David Kell SC for the Department
  • Fletcher v State of New South Wales [2019] NSWCA 31 – led for the State by Michael Windsor SC – damages in false arrest
  • State of NSW v Cuthbertson [2018] NSWCA 320 – led by Michael Windsor SC – bench of 5 overturning existing authority on damages in wrongful arrest cases
  • Clark v Commissioner for Corrective Services [2016] NSW CA 186 – led – administrative law
  Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • R v Macdonald (No 4) [2016] NSWSC 486 – unled – resisting a Dietrich application for the Crown in criminal proceedings against a former NSW Government minister
  • Dixon v Attorney General of NSW [2018] NSWSC 1618 – dealing with interpretation of the savings provisions of the Road Transport Act 2013 – unled for the Attorney General
  • Beckett v State of New South Wales[2015]NSWSC1017–led by John Machonachie QC for the State of NSW – malicious prosecution
  • Wood v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWSC 1247 – led by Peter Neil SC for the State of NSW – malicious prosecution
  • Watt v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWSC 1926 – leading Andrew Isaacs for the State – prison bashing
  District Court of New South Wales
  • XYZ v State of NSW (No 2) [2019] NSWDC 32 – unled for the State dispute involving numerous causes of action including false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office
Involving Unrepresented Litigants
  • Edwards v State of New South Wales [2017] NSWSC 459
  • Clark v State of New South Wales; Clark v Robards [2014] NSWSC 742
  • PFC v State of New South Wales [2015] NSWSC 1507
  • Clark v State of New South Wales [2016] NSWSC 808
  Professional Disciplinary
  • Health Care Complaints Commission v Dr Nguyen [2013] NSWMT 18 – led by Philip Boulten SC for the doctor
  • Lott v Council of the NSW Bar Association [2017] NSWCA 145 – unled for the Council
  • Council of the NSW Bar Association v Lott [2018] NSWCATOD 99 – unled for the Council
Reported Decisions
  • Jacob v R [2014] NSWCCA 65; (2014) 240 ACrimR 239 led by Tim Game SC – weapons offences
  • R v RK and LK [2008] NSWCCA338,(2008) 73 NSWLR 80–conspiracy under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); also argued were issues related to the constitutionality of Crown appeals against acquittal – junior counsel for the Crown
  • Thomas v State of New South Wales [2008] NSWCA 316, (2008) 74 NSWLR 34 – appeal from below; reported principally with respect to the applicability of the business records rule to a transcript of a Royal Commission
  • Thomas v State of New South Wales [2007] NSWSC 366, (2007) Aust Torts Reports 81-890 – malicious prosecution – junior counsel for State of New South Wales