Adam Fullwood

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“He has a certain way of bringing parties together, finding solutions, and getting the outcome your client wants without the opponent even realising. An excellent advocate who does great work outside court in getting a case into shape.” “Has a really good, calm manner which is appreciated by clients and is always willing to go the extra mile.” “An outstanding advocate who is very strong on his feet.”
Chambers & Partners 2021

Adam Fullwood’s main areas of practice are public and administrative law (community care / adult social services, care homes, charging, safeguarding, housing, Inquests, Inquiries, prison, care standards, education, human rights law, mental capacity and mental health, Court of Protection and immigration), regulatory and disciplinary, public procurement and local government. He has particular experience in representing care home owners and care providers.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s regional ‘A’ panel. He is also a member of the Treasury Solicitor’s Freedom of Information panel and is a Football Association Safeguarding Panel Member. Adam is an Assistant Coroner and an accredited mediator (CEDR).

Administrative & Public

Adam acts for central government departments and agencies, local authorities, educational bodies, the Official Solicitor, regulators, health authorities and care trusts, private care providers, charities and NGOs, as well as patients, service users and private litigants. He has particular interest / experience in community care, mental capacity, education, health, human rights & civil liberties, inquests, inquiries, local government, prison law and social housing.

Inquests & Inquiries

Adam regularly appears for interested parties in inquests concerned with deaths in a wide range of circumstances. He has particular experience and interest in cases involving deaths in healthcare settings. Adam is currently representing the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terrorist attack chaired by Sir John Saunders.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Adam accepts instructions across a wide range of disciplines for both practitioners and regulators.


Consistently recommended by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Chambers UK

“He’s an exceptional performer – he’s very experienced, very reliable and a very persuasive advocate. He always delivers the goods.”

“He is very good – he’s always well prepared, and is a good negotiator and advocate.”

“He is very reliable, and is able to provide solicitors with the confidence that the client will be well looked after.”

“He’s very down to earth and an effective advocate.” “He’s very reliable in respect of deadlines and getting things to you.”

Legal 500 

“A leading light on the Northern circuit when it comes to mental capacity work”

Chambers UK

Adam is recommended in Chambers and Partners in 4 of his main practice areas.

Administrative & Public Law

“Handles public law matters in cases intersecting with social housing law, human rights and Court of Protection matters.”

“He is impressive in court and very friendly towards clients.” “He is fair, straight-talking and very knowledgeable. He will fight hard but he will do so in a very proper fashion. His oral and written advocacy is very good.”

Court of Protection (Health & Welfare)

“His practice encompasses community care matters and mental capacity issues. “He sees the wider picture and gives a solid overview.” “An excellent all-rounder who has a good knowledge of local authority procedures,” he has worked on some high-profile cases.”

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

“Specialises in human rights matters involving mental health, mental capacity, social care and social housing. He also handles cases concerning deaths in custody. “He has excellent all-round legal and client skills. He has exceptional advocacy skills and is a thoroughly reliable and reassuring presence both in and out of court.””

Social Housing

“Handles social housing matters as part of a broader administrative and public law practice. He frequently acts for local authorities and has particular expertise in cases involving questions of mental capacity. “A very good housing lawyer. Very ‘to the point’ and very popular with solicitors.” “Good on his feet and on paper.””

Related Cases

Significant reported cases:

Public Inquiry into the Manchester Arena attack (2020-2021) – representing the North West Ambulance Service Trust

R (Lancashire CC) v Sec of State for Health and Social Care [2021] EWHC 268 (Admin) – funding responsibility for mental health after-care services

Greenwich Council v EOA [2021] EWCOP 20 – deprivation of liberty, contact and foreign travel restrictions in relation to mentally incapacitated adult

Lancashire County Council (Applicant) v (1) G (2) N (Respondents) & (1) NHS England (2) Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (Interveners) [2020] EWHC 2828 (Fam) – this raised the difficult issues around depriving young vulnerable children of their liberty in circumstances where they are ready for discharge from hospital and it is proposed by the local authority that they move to secure accommodation which is not yet registered with Ofsted. Adam was instructed by NHS England and the Trust.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v GTI [2020] EWCOP 28 – this was an urgent medical treatment case in which Williams J made declarations that GTI lacked capacity to make decisions as to the provision of life-sustaining food and fluid together with anti-psychotic medication and authorised the same using such force as was necessary and in GTI’s best interests.

R (Nettleship) v NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group [2020] EWCA Civ 46 – the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from the dismissal of a claim for judicial review of a decision to reconfigure of a large number of hospital and community services following a public consultation.

Cheshire West and Cheshire Council v PWK [2019] EWCOP 57 – Sir Mark Hedley made declarations that PWK lacked capacity in relation to residence and care but not in relation to sexual relations and authorised arrangements for PWK’s deprivation of liberty reflecting those declarations.

Re Z [2018] EWHC 2488 (Ch.) – Norris J considered an application for decisions in relation to the business and property interests of a well known public figure who was alleged to have lacked the ability to make his own decisions in the context of a dispute between family members and others

R (Tinsley) v Manchester City Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1704 – the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the local authority against a decision that it was unlawful to take into account damages for personal injuries when deciding what after-care services to provide pursuant to s.117 Mental Health Act 1983.

Rochdale Council v KW & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1054 – the court examined the Court of Appeal’s powers to set aside or vary an order of a lower court without determining the merits of the appeal. It interpreted CPR r.52.11 and CPR PD52A para.6.4 and explained what was meant by “good and sufficient reasons” in para.6.4.

An NHS Trust v Mrs J (by her litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) [2014] EWCOP 2675 (medical treatment decision in favour of Trust).

Liverpool City Council v SG [2014] EWCOP 10 (DoL of children in a children’s home in light of OFSTED/CoP Guidance, Feb 2014)

IM v (1) LM (2) (3) Liverpool CC [2014] EWCA Civ 37 (leading case on the test for capacity to engage in sexual relations)

Trafford v Blackpool Borough Council [2014] EWHC 85 (Admin) (judicial review of decision not to grant new lease of commercial premises)

RC v (1) CC (2) X Local Authority [2014] EWHC 131 The President of the Court of Protection gives guidance in relation to disclosure in the Court of Protection. When considering whether to disclose documents within proceedings the question is whether disclosure should be withheld because it is “strictly necessary” not the other way around.

TA v AA & Knowsley Council (2013) EWCA Civ1661  (The words “an appeal lies to the Court of Appeal from any decision of the court” in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 s.53(1) did not include a decision made by a judge nominated unders.46(2)(a) to (c) granting or refusing permission to appeal a decision of a judge at first instance under the Court of Protection Rules 2007 r.172(7).)

R (Greenough) v Ministry of Justice [2013] EWHC 3112 Challenge to decision not to grant exceptional funding for sister of deceased at an Inquest where concerns raised that the local authority did not implement a package of domiciliary care in the period following discharge from hospital and leading to his death at home

 R (Bhatti) v Bury MBC [2013] EWHC 3093 Where judicial review proceedings had been stayed by consent it would be wrong to allow them to be reinstated and amended to challenge a subsequent decision where that challenge did not involve even an incidental consideration of the decision originally challenged.

R (Mary George Limited) v Care Quality Commission & anr [2013] EWHC 1341 (challenge to recommendations made by CQC re quality of care at private care home)

Szpak v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2013] EWCA Civ 46 (challenge to vires of worker registration scheme for A8 nationals)

R (AZ) v Hampshire County Council [2013] UKUT 87 (IAC) (challenge to age assessment of unaccompanied asylum seeker child)

R (AJ) v Calderdale Borough Council [2012] EWHC 3552 (challenge to procurement decision concerning provision of domiciliary care services)

R (Omar)v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2081 (challenge to fresh claim decision by Secretary of State)

R (Weska)v Parole Board [2012] EWHC 827 (challenge to decision of parole board re-categorisation)

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council v Norton [2011] EWCA Civ 834  (collateral challenge to claim for possession under Equality Act duties)

The Queen on the application of DM v Wigan BC [2011] EWHC 2175 (challenge to provision of services to autistic child)

R(Whittaker) v Sec of State for Home Department [2011] EWHC 2166 (challenge tore-categorisation of Cat A prisoner)

London Borough of Hounslow v Powell [2011] UKSC 8 (Art 8 defence to possession claim against introductory tenant)

Sheffield City Council v Wall [2010] EWCA Civ 922 (succession to secure tenancy)

Mullen v Salford City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 336 (Art 8 defence to possession claim against homeless accommodation)

Moran v Manchester City Council [2009] UKHL 39 (use of women’s refuges to discharge statutory homelessness duties)

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v ZA [2009] UKUT 294 (challenge to compatibility of A8 worker registration scheme with EC Treaty)

Knowsley Housing Trust v Prescott [2009] EWHC 924

Liverpool CC v Hillingdon LBC [2009] EWCA Civ 43 (inter-authority dispute in context of asylum support)

R(Farrell) v Cheshire CC [2009] EWHC 260 (Admin) (lawfulness of LA’s scheme for granting “Blue Badges” for bus drivers in context of CRB disclosure)

R(Gilboy) v Liverpool CC [2008] EWCA Civ 751 (compliance with Article 6 of LA’s demoted tenancy scheme)

White v Knowsley BC [2008] UKHL 70 (possession orders in assured tenancy regime)

Riverside Housing Association v White [2007] UKHL 20 (validity of rent increases by housing association)

Griffiths v St Helens MBC [2006] EWCA Civ 160 (Homelessness – important guidance on s193discharge)

Crown Prosecution Service v T [2006] EWHC 728 (Admin)

LB of Lambeth v O’Kane; Helena Housing v Pinder [2005] EWCA Civ 1010 (circumstances in which a new tenancy is created following the breach of a suspended possession order by a “tolerated trespasser”)

Manchester CC v Lee; G v Wigan MBC [2004] 1 WLR 349 (width of mandatory injunction obtained by local authority)

Taylor v Inland Revenue [2004] EWCA Civ 174

Manchester City Council v Lee [2003] ewca

R (Cumpsty) v The Rent Service [2002] EWHC 2526 (Whether scheme for determining local reference rent compliant with Article 6)

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