“Adam is an excellent communicator with depth of knowledge and great with clients. He is robust when needed but persuasive in a manner befitting the jurisdictions we work in." Chambers and Partners, 2022
Adam Fullwood’s main areas of practice are public and administrative law (community care/adult social services, care homes, charging, safeguarding, social 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, a Football Association Safeguarding Panel Member and an accredited mediator (CEDR). Adam sits as an assistant coroner.
Areas of expertise
Administrative and Human Rights
Adam has a wide ranging public law practice encompassing adult social care, inherent jurisdiction, healthcare, local government, pharmaceutical and safeguarding matters.
Cases of note
NHS Liverpool CCG v X  EWCOP 17
Dispute over whether to give an incapacitated person who had epilepsy and other health conditions the vaccine against Covid-19 where that person had already contracted the virus.
PH v A Clinical Commissioning Group  EWCOP 12
A claim to dismiss an application in the Court of Protection for orders in relation to a young person detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983.
R (On the application of Lancashire CC) v Secretary of State for Health  EWHC 268 (Admin)
A dispute between local authority concerning responsibility for funding accommodation and care for a man that had suffered a catastrophic brain injury.
R (On the application of Nettleship) v NHS South Tyneside CCG  EWCA Civ 46
A judicial review claim in relation to the reconfiguration of hospital services involving a challenge to the consultation process carried out by reference to s14Z2(2) of the National Health Service Act 2006.
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v GTI  EWCOP 28
An urgent medical treatment case in which Mr Justice Williams 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.
Inquests and Inquiries
Adam regularly appears for interested parties in inquests with particular experience involving deaths in healthcare settings. Adam is currently acting for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terrorist attack chaired by Sir John Saunders and is also instructed on behalf of the British Medical Association in relation to the UK Covid-19 public inquiry.
Regulatory and Disciplinary
Adam accepts instructions across a wide range of disciplines for both practitioners and regulators. He has particular experience and interest in regulatory matters arising in the health and social care sectors.
- "Adam is an excellent communicator with depth of knowledge and great with clients. He is robust when needed but persuasive in a manner befitting the jurisdictions we work in." Chambers and Partners (2022) Court of Protection: Health & Welfare, All Circuits, Band 1
- "He is personable and charming and doesn't lose sight of his client's objectives. He will reach solutions for his client that leave all parties satisfied, without an overly aggressive approach." Chambers and Partners (2022) Court of Protection: Health & Welfare, All Circuits, Band 1
- "Adam Fullwood is an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable barrister." "He is very economical in his advocacy; he understands brevity is a virtue." Chambers and Partners (2022) Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Northern Bar, Band 1
- "An extremely competent and constructive opponent to have in a case." Chambers and Partners (2022) Administrative & Public Law – The Regions (Bar), Band 1
- "He is fantastic, a completely top-drawer barrister." Chambers and Partners (2022) Administrative & Public Law – The Regions (Bar), Band 1