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Call: 1987 | Silk 2010

Adam Vaitilingam KC

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Adam Vaitilingam KC is one of the leading silks on the Western Circuit, with expertise in health and safety, serious crime, and environmental work. Rated in the legal directories as a specialist in all three areas of practice, he is described in Chambers & Partners 2024 as “an absolutely fantastic advocate… calm, cool and collected…clients have a huge amount of confidence in him”. He has prosecuted or defended many of the country’s most high profile cases of the last decade. He is the former head of Albion Chambers, a deputy High Court judge and a Recorder of the Crown Court.

    In health and safety work, he represents clients charged in cases involving fatality or serious injury. Current and recent clients range from local authorities and construction companies to hotel operators and farmers. Cases have included an apprentice who died in a quad bike accident on Dartmoor, a bulldozer driver killed during construction of the London Gateway Port, a scaffolder killed by a collapsing church building in Cardiff, and a Somerset farm worker who died when a telehandler malfunctioned and turned over. He successfully prosecuted those responsible for the Bath tipper truck crash, when four people were killed by a runaway lorry.

    In environmental work, he acts for companies and individuals charged with pollution, land contamination and waste management offences. He recently defended a company responsible for a series of major fires across South Wales and a company director accused of filling a quarry with waste. He also advises on environmental permitting.

    In criminal work, he has a wide-ranging practice prosecuting and defending all types of serious allegation. Among a succession of high profile murder cases, he prosecuted Berlinah Wallace and defended Nathan Matthews, and he represented Reed Wischhusen in a recent terrorism trial. In fraud work, his current cases include a long-running multi-million pound missing trader fraud. He has represented many motorists accused of causing death by dangerous or careless driving. He has prosecuted and defended in some of the most serious sexual offences cases heard on the Western Circuit. He has appeared in a number of reported appeal cases, particularly in relation to causation and partial defences to murder.

    During more than a decade in silk, Adam has represented many companies and individuals in a wide range of regulatory cases, from alleged planning, copyright and trademark offences to breach of the law on gangmasters and the felling of protected trees.

    Adam also represents parents in child law fact-finding cases, particularly those involving complex medical evidence.

    Away from practice, he has lectured widely in the UK and overseas – including in Russia and Hong Kong – on human rights law and advocacy.

    The above is just a short summary of Adam Vaitilingam KC’s practice. For more details of his experience in or availability for any particular type of work please contact his clerks: Ken Duthie (environmental, health and safety and regulatory work), Charlotte Fryer and Jo Cload (criminal work) and Michael Harding (child law).

Adam Vaitilingam KC


  • “A quality silk.” Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • “An absolutely fantastic advocate – he’s very cool, calm and collected, and the clients have a huge amount of confidence in him.” Chambers & Partners
  • “Adam’s approach to client care and advocacy is something to be marvelled at.” Chambers & Partners
  • “Like a dog with a bone when he gets going. He is a really great barrister who does everything he possibly can for his client and puts his heart and soul into the case.” Chambers & Partners 2023
  • “A silk who possesses a quiet, calm determination to get the job done well.” Legal 500
  • “He is very quick-witted and a very good advocate. He runs rings around people. Gets straight to the heart of a case and provides practical and commercial advice.”  Chambers & Partners
  • “A prominent silk on the Western Circuit with a broad environmental law practice. He is well regarded for his regulatory expertise and his work at the intersection of criminal and environmental law.” Chambers & Partners
  • “An excellent advocate whose gentle manner in court belies his frightening cross-examination skills.” Chambers & Partners
  • “Very experienced in serious cases of murder and fraud.” Legal 500


  • MA (Cantab)

Professional memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • CBA


  • Deputy High Court Judge 2019 (King’s Bench Division, Family Division)
  • KC 2010
  • Recorder 2005 (Crown and County Courts)