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ADAM SOLOMON

 

Adam specialises principally in the fields of Commercial and Employment Law. He also practises in the fields of regulatory and public law, covering areas such as education and sport.  He has consistently appeared in the legal directories since 2005 in respect of all his practice areas.  

He is recognised as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners 2014, which states that he is "praised for his in-depth knowledge of employment law and for his superb client-handling skills. He is highly sought after by both employees and employers for his expertise in dealing with applications for injunctive relief." The Directory describes him as "charming but devastating in cross-examination.

The Legal 500 also recommends Adam as a leading junior in the fields of Employment, Education, and Media Entertainment and Sport, stating that he has "excellent forensic ability, "a relaxed advocacy style and that he is "very enthusiastic, getting to the heart of the problem without fence sitting on questions of law”.

He appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal and "is considered excellent on High Court restrictive covenant injunctions” (Chambers & Partners). Adam has appeared in the highest courts and tribunals: he has been instructed in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (on appeal from the House of Lords), and has also appeared as an advocate on a number of occasions before the Privy Council, most recently in Adamas v Cheung [2011] I.R.L.R. 1014 which concerned variation of contract in the employment relationship.  

Adam is also called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Recent legal directory comments include the following:

  • "handles all aspects of employment and commercial litigation, and is "client friendly, extremely helpful and a witty advocate” 
  • "upbeat can-do attitude”, "very tenacious and will fight for the results it needs” 
  • "Masters his brief well and his highly tenacious”
  • "He punches holes in the other side's position…"
  • "Combines intelligence with humour, show great perseverance and manages to charm clients along the way”
  • "He is so hard-working and dedicated that even if he is super-busy he will always find a way of helping you”.
 

    Commercial

Adam’s commercial practice includes the areas of commercial fraud, breach of contract, and professional negligence. He also regularly appears in commercial cases requiring urgent injunctive relief, including obtaining or resisting freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal relief and general restrictive covenant work. Adam also accepts instructions for arbitrations in this jurisdiction and internationally.

Adam is also called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands and practices commercial law in that jurisdiction.

Some of his more significant cases include: 

  • Jervis v Skinner [2011] UKPC 2 in which Adam successfully represented the respondent in an appeal to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal in Bahamas concerning a profit share from the sale of land. 
  • Hopkin v Financial Security Assurance (UK) Ltd [2011] All ER (D) 142, in which Adam successfully represented the respondent in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the construction of a share vesting agreement. 
  • Glentree v Holbeton [2011] 28 E.G. 74, in which Adam was instructed on behalf of the Defendant in a claim by an estate agency for fees pursuant to the sale of a substantial property. There were a number of interlocutory applications (for freezing orders and other matters) and the claim was originally a multi-party claim, but eventually fought as between claimant and defendant. Adam successfully defended the claim, in which it was held that the Claimant was not the effective cause of sale. Adam was thereafter successful (as respondent) in the Court of Appeal.
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Please see Adam's CV for the most comprehensive list of notable commercial cases

    Business Protection

Adam regularly appears in the High Court in relation to applications for emergency injunctive relief, and full trials arising from the employment relationship.

He accepts instructions on behalf of both claimants and defendants in respect of all aspects of the business relationship including claims relating to:

  • enforcing or contesting restrictive covenants;
  • confidential information;
  • freezing or seizing assets;
  • protecting or defending database rights;
  • delivery up of documents or property;
  • team moves; and
  • bonus claims.

 

Please see Adam's CV for the most  comprehensive list of notable civil court business protection cases

    Employment

Adam regularly appears in the High Court in relation to applications for injunctive relief, and full trials arising from the employment relationship. He is also often instructed in the ET, EAT and Court of Appeal, on behalf of both employers and employees, and covers all areas of employment litigation, in this jurisdiction and elsewhere. Adam has appeared on a number of occasions in the Privy Council on employment matters, including Adamas v Chung (PC) [2011] IRLR 1014.

Adam now has a total of 12 reported employment cases in the IRLRs, in addition to those in the ICRs.

Some recent high profile cases include:

First Rate FX Ltd v Trading by Telephone Ltd et al [2014] EWHC 982 (QB). Adam represented the Claimant company. The claim was based on breaches of confidence and restrictive covenants, unlawful team move, conspiracy and inducing breach of contract. The case settled on the first day of trial, following a number of reported interim hearings.

East England Schools v Palmer et al [2014] IRLR 191. Adam successfully represented the Claimant company in the High Court, enforcing post-termination employment restrictive covenants

Engel v Joint Committee for Parking and Traffic Regulation outside London (PATROL) [2013] ICR 1086 : [2013] IRLR 787, an important case in the EAT determining the extent of judicial immunity. 

ESL Fuels Limited v Fletcher et al [2013] EWHC 3726 (Ch). Confidential information and trade secrets. Adam successfully obtained an interim injunction in the Chancery Division against a former employee. Adam appeared on his own against leading counsel.

    Regulatory

Adam regularly acts for regulators, and appears before regulatory bodies. During 2013 alone, his regulator clients included the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Law Society and Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the Care Quality Commission, the Architects Registration Board and various healthcare regulators. Adam has appeared both before the relevant regulatory boards themselves, and also before the High Court and Divisional Courts in challenges to regulatory decisions. He also advises and acts for individual professionals in the process of regulation, including dentists, doctors, lawyers, legal executives and accountants.

Some of his recent high profile cases include:

Nowak v (1) Nursing and Midwifery Council (2) Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC 336 (QB) and [2013] EWHC 1932 (QB) (ongoing). Adam continues to act for the NMC in this litigation, which has already occasioned a number of reported judgments. 

Adesemowo v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2013] EWHC 2020 (Admin), [2013] All ER (D) 217 (Aug). Adam represented the SRA in this High Court challenge to a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). In an important judgment, the Court considered the scope of an appeal under Section 49(1) of the Solicitors Act 1974, and dismissed the claimant’s claim.

R (on the application of Farrell) v Architects Registration Board [2013] NLJR 21. This case, recognised by the Judge to be "important”, was the first case to determine the scope and effect of CPR Part 3.3 as regards the correct procedure for costs in judicial review.

R (on the application of Agarwal) v The University of Nottingham [2013] All ER (D) 322 (May). Adam represented the Defendant at the full merits hearing of this judicial review, and was successful in having the claim dismissed, with costs

    Sports

  • Fretwell v O’Neill. Adam represented the champion racehorse trainer, Eoghan O’Neill, in a long-running partnership dispute in the Chancery Division concerning the stables and gallops.
  • Newell v Luton Town Football Club. Adam represented the football club in the Employment Tribunal in this multi-million pound claim, following allegations of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing brought by the ex-manager.
  • Football Association v Peter. Adam represented a former Director of Luton Town FC in disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the FA.
  • McCallister v Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Adam successfully represented Spurs in a claim arising out of the employment relationship.
  • Re Bishop’s Stortford Football Club. Adam represented the local authority in a planning matter before an inspector, and thereafter in the High Court, in relation to the football club’s development of its pitch and grounds.

    Education & Public

  • Everett v University of East London [2009] All ER (D) 38 (Jun). An urgent claim for injunctive relief which went to the Court of Appeal, to seek to prevent a University from dismissing a Vice Chancellor in breach of contract.
  • K v Newham London Borough Council [2002] ELR 390 (High Court) - Adam successfully represented a pupil who challenged the refusal to admit her to the school, relying on the breach of her human rights (Art 2 of Protocol 1 of the ECHR).
  • R (on the application of Leung) v Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (2002) ELR 653 - Adam represented a student in the High Court challenging his university categorisation.
  • R v Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council, ex p. JC [2001] ELR 21 (Court of Appeal) - a leading education case on school admissions.
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