Lee Adams undertakes serious and complex criminal litigation, most notably white-collar crime and investment fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy cases. He is also noted for his particular expertise in confiscation and restraint cases arising out of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is regularly instructed to investigate and advise on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He is a higher courts advocate and undertakes his own advocacy when appropriate.
“Lee Adams is described by sources as “an exceptional solicitor, able to win the confidence and respect of clients while remaining on top of every piece of detail on a case, however complex.” He frequently deals with highly complex criminal cases, including gang-related offences, armed robbery and drugs charges.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2017
“Lee Adams has a strong reputation in the criminal defence arena and is known for acting in substantial cases.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2015
“Sources are impressed with his “sensible and pragmatic advice”, which is “coupled with meticulous preparation”.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide
“At Hughmans, Peter Hughman’s team includes the “brilliantly focused” Lee Adams, who is “a joy to work with”.” The Legal 500
Lee has spent his entire career with Hughmans, qualifying in 2008 and becoming a partner in 2012. Lee continues the firm’s commitment to quality, personal service.
Lee also uses the expertise he has gained as a criminal defender to advise clients on private prosecutions.
He is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, and the Fraud Lawyers Association.
R v E: Acting for a banking executive in a police investigation into conspiracy to defraud and Bribery Act offences committed on the employer.
R v Allison: Multi-million pound diversion fraud committed on public bodies where the proceeds were channelled through offshore banks.
R v Pulman: Confiscation case in which the defendant’s liability was significantly limited by successfully preventing the prosecution from lifting the corporate veil. Read more.
Operation Cotton: Acted in the first ever prosecution by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The case involved £4.3m of fraudulent sales of land to the public. Secured fraud acquittals for two defendants and initially successfully applied to have the case stayed as an abuse of process. Read more.
R v Ibrahim: Acted for the ‘lieutenant’ in the Metropolitan Police’s largest ever money laundering investigation. The case centred on a West London taxi firm and involved allegations of £100 million pounds of money laundering and large scale drug supply. Client successfully acquitted at trial.
R v W: Murder case in which a 14 year old boy was accused of a gangland murder on a joint enterprise basis. Client successfully acquitted at trial.
R v Allen & Ors: Initial allegations of large scale mortgage fraud negotiated down to tax evasion, with the result that liability on confiscation was reduced from £2m+ to less than £50,000.
R v Albon: Multi-million pound Ponzi scheme and tax fraud involving the sale of shares in luxury motor vehicles.
R v Flynn: Armed robbery in which key evidence was gathered through the use of a covert recording probe placed in the defendant’s van. Case successfully overturned in the Court of Appeal on the basis of the unreliable nature of voice identification.
R v Young; R v McCann: Linked drugs cases in which an organised gang was alleged to have imported vast quantities of Class A drugs from mainland Europe. The case involved extensive police surveillance and audio probe evidence. Both clients were found not guilty.
“The ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘driven’ Lee Adams is recommended for his ‘outstanding client care’.”The Legal 500