Adrian Maxwell came to the Bar in 1993 after 24 years with the City of London Police. He was attached to No 9 Regional Crime Squad, the City of London Fraud Squad and the Serious Fraud Office. He is a Bramshill Scholar, law at St Edmund Hall. On No. 9 RCS he specialised in managing covert operations and informant handling. He was an instructor in surveillance techniques. He retired from the police as a Detective Inspector at the SFO where he was in charge of the police teams in Blue Arrow/County NatWest, Fox Milton and other major fraud investigations. He has the Police Good Conduct and Long Service Medal.
Adrian specialises in serious fraud, money-laundering, confiscation (civil and criminal), public sector corruption organised crime, covert operations, RIPA 2000 and regulatory and disciplinary matters. He regularly advises in non-contentious money laundering matters. He qualifies as a Lead Advocate for the purposes of the VHCC tendering process. He appears in prison, police, accountancy and other professional disciplinary tribunals and before prison parole boards. He is a Fellow of the Security Institute and takes a special interest in the law relating to the security industry.
He travels regularly to Cyprus where he defends members of the armed forces who are appearing before military courts martial and who have committed offences within the Sovereign Base area.
Adrian regularly conducts presentations in fraud, ID fraud, money laundering and security industry law (including for: Central Law Training, BCSC, ACFE, ASIS, BFI, CMPI). He is also a regular contributor to Security Management Today, a Bar Speaker for Schools and has been invited to speak in Brussels at Fraud Europe 2008 in April of 2008.
R v Hannon and others (1999) Junior defence counsel led by Steven KAY QC. Hannon was financial director of John Palmer's Tenerife timeshare empire.
R v Cook (and 22 others) (2001) Junior defence counsel led by Rudi Fortson. Mass cigarette smuggling. £55M loss to the Revenue.
R v Willard and others (2000) Junior defence counsel lead by David Bate QC. £25M counterfeit IBM, Sun and Compaq RAM and trademarks.
R v Walker (2002) Prosecution. Home Office Prison Officer trafficking heroin, cannabis and ecstasy into a Home Office prison.
R v Cosgrove and others (2002) Junior defence counsel lead by David BATE QC. The Powerscreen case. SFO invoice and placing fraud.
R v Mitchell and others (2003) Junior defence counsel lead by Nigel Sweeney QC. The Anglo-American case. SFO advance fee fraud.
R v Russell and others (2004) Prosecution. Attempted murder of a police officer. On conviction the defendant was sentenced to 25 ½ years imprsionment. During the summing up the defendant escaped from the dock and attacked the trial judge, His Honour Judge Micheal STOKES QC. Taken to the Court of Appeal on the basis that the Judge failed to discharge the jury as a result of the attack. Appeal turned down.
Proceeds of Crime, fraud and money laundering for Law Firms specialising in crime.
Fraud & Regulatory Work. Central Law Training.
DTI Investigations and the role of the defence barrister - presentations to the DTI.
Money Laundering - Lectured in Moscow to Russian bankers.