Adrian Williams Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney


Mr Williams has a busy and very diverse practice. He has special expertise in Commonwealth criminal law and in intentional torts, but also practices in general criminal law (including appeals), care and protection, professional disciplinary, coronial and professional liability matters.

Mr Williams served for several years on one of the Bar Associations Professional Conduct Committees, has been a council member of the St Thomas More Society and is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Mr Williams has extensive experience in dealing with unrepresented litigants, including at trial and in front of juries.

Mr Williams’ experience as a solicitor consisted largely of general medico-legal practice and work on behalf of LawCover.

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Reported decisions

Jacob v R [2014] NSWCCA 65; (2014) 240 ACrimR 239

R v RK and LK [2008] NSWCCA 338, (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

Unreported decisions

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] NSWCCA 251 – 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 I had appeared – for the Crown

RLT v Regina [2006] NSWCCA 357 junior to Peter Hamill SC (as he then was) – for the appellant Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Hollis v Rogers [2016] ACTSC 156


Council of the New South Wales Bar Association v Lott [2018] NSWCATOD 99

Lott v Council of the NSW Bar Association [2017] NSWCA 145

Health Care Complaints Commission v Dr Nguyen [2013] NSWMT 18

Coroner’s Court

Inquest into the death of Barry Lowe, findings published 21 December 2017 – counsel assisting

With unrepresented parties

Edwards v State of New South Wales [2017] NSWSC 459

Clark v Commissioner for Corrective Services [2016] NSWCA 186

Clark v State of New South Wales [2016] NSWSC 808

PFC v State of New South Wales [2015] NSWSC 1507

Clark v State of New South Wales; Clark v Robards [2014] NSWSC 742