Adam Boukraa

Year of call:
2013
Email:
adam.boukraa@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

Adam Boukraa practises across all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular interest in public law and human rights, regulatory law and financial services, commercial and construction, and environmental and planning. He appears regularly in court, including on common law matters, as well as undertaking pleading and advisory work.

Regulatory & Disciplinary


Adam’s recent regulatory work includes:

  • Assisting a healthcare regulator in responding to fitness to practise and governance issues (with Alison Foster QC).
  • Working at a solicitors’ firm interviewing witnesses and drafting statements for use in HCPC proceedings.
  • Acting as part of a team appointed as a s.166 FSMA skilled person in an ongoing FCA review of mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
  • Researching issues around the evidential basis for an interim suspension order against a psychotherapist in UKCP proceedings.
  • Assisting Alison Foster QC and Vikram Sachdeva QC in drafting the chapter on the jurisdiction of regulators in the new edition of Harris on “Regulatory and Disciplinary Proceedings”.

As a pupil, Adam attended hearings before the HCPC where a wide range of allegations included dishonesty as well as failures to provide appropriate treatment.

Administrative & Public


Adam has had exposure to a broad range of public law. Examples of his recent work include:

  • Undertaking a secondment with the in-house legal team of the Financial Ombudsman Service, advising on a range of legal and jurisdictional issues; subsequently advising on questions of statutory interpretation and drafting summary grounds.
  • Working as a baby barrister in respect of a large group of claims against the FCO arising out of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya.
  • Working as a ‘baby barrister’ on a claim for judicial review against the FCO by individuals removed from the Chagos Islands.
  • Researching the obligations of local authorities to children with disabilities.
  • Representing applicants for immigration bail in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), instructed pro bono by Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Adam also has a particular interest in Court of Protection and mental health law. He wrote the “Back to Basics” article on deprivation of liberty for the Law Society PS magazine, January 2015 edition, and gained a range of experience as a pupil to Parishil Patel.

Adam’s experience as a pupil additionally includes the following:

  • Advising on the application to the fire service of the Article 2 operational duty to protect life.
  • Drafting summary grounds opposing challenges to a prisoner’s escape risk classification and to an exclusion order against two US nationals, including alleged Article 8 and Article 10 violations
  • Advising on a community care judicial review challenge to a local authority’s decision not to provide direct payments to a carer.

Commercial & Construction


Adam has gained experience of a variety of commercial work. His recent instructions include:

  • A secondment to a major city law firm acting as a s.166 FSMA skilled person, assessing consequential loss claims within an FCA review of mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
  • Working with the in-house legal team of the Financial Ombudsman Service, advising on a wide range of issues including the interpretation of loan agreements, insurance contracts and the operation of unregulated collective investment schemes.
  • Defending a green energy company in a claim for misrepresentation and breach of contract.
  • Defending a heating service and maintenance company against allegations of professional negligence.
  • Assisting a leading timeshare company in meeting its disclosure obligations in connection with a substantial group litigation claim.

Adam’s experience as a pupil includes the following:

  • Drafting a Defence and Response to a Pre-Action Protocol Letter for an employer’s agent and quantity surveyor in a claim arising out of the allegedly defective refurbishment of a hotel.
  • Drafting a skeleton argument for appellate proceedings, the issues including whether a party is entitled to be indemnified in respect of a loss partly caused by its own negligence or default.

Planning, Environment & Property


Adam is currently assisting the update of the leading practitioner text on contaminated land. Examples of his recent work include:

  • Researching the hierarchy of environmental and planning law responsibilities for the clean-up of contaminated land.
  • Identifying potential causes of action where waste has been deposited on land, including nuisance, negligence, trespass and s.34 EPA 1990.

Adam’s experience as a pupil includes the following:

  • Advising a developer on the application of Class J permitted development rights.
  • Advising on the principle of residential development on a site labelled as reserved in a previous grant of planning permission.
  • Advising on a potential claim for breach of statutory duty against a water undertaker and actions in nuisance against alternative defendants.
  • Attending planning inquiries and s. 288 applications.

Civil Liability


Adam has represented claimants and defendants in a wide range of county court hearings arising, amongst other matters, out of road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability claims, sewage flooding and allegations of professional negligence. He appears regularly in fast track trials, applications, small claim hearings and multi-track case management conferences, and also undertakes a range of pleading and advisory work.

Adam’s experience as a pupil includes the following:

  • Drafting schedules of loss and counter-schedules, including in fatal accident claims.
  • Advising, as well as drafting statements of case and skeleton arguments, in employers’ liability, occupier’s liability and highways claims, clinical negligence, and product liability claims.
  • Drafting skeleton arguments in applications for relief from sanction.

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