Adrian Marshall Williams
"Thorough and pragmatic; he approaches difficult cases with scrupulous rigour."
Legal 500, 2019
"He has the knack for picking up subtle and unexpected arguments." "An excellent, helpful barrister"
Adrian practices across the range of housing and property law.
His practice encompasses many types of possession claims both in cases of security of tenure and outside security of tenure. His work has a significant focus on acting for occupiers in complicated anti-social behaviour cases, and raising public law defences as well as tenancy deposit scheme cases, succession cases, mortgage possession proceedings and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. As an experienced property litigator he also advises and represents in other property related disputes such as service charges.
He has wide-ranging experience of cases involving mental health or capacity issues and being instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of protected parties.
Public law work is also a particular focus of his practice, centring on homelessness appeal in county courts and judicial review cases in the High Court in housing and community care.
He also regularly advises and represents clients in areas such as right to buy cases, unlawful eviction, harassment and disrepair.
Adrian is ranked in the Legal 500 2019 for Social Housing.
“Thorough and pragmatic; he approaches difficult cases with scrupulous rigour.”
Legal 500 2019
“An excellent, helpful barrister.”
Legal 500 2017
“He has the knack for picking up subtle and unexpected arguments.”
Legal 500 2016
Adrian has extensive experience of providing training to solicitors, caseworkers and other advisors in housing and community care related issues.
Adrian contributed chapters to the Housing Law Handbook, (Law Society, 2009) and written for Landlord and Tenant Review: ‘The new affordable rent tenancies’, volume 15, number 5 (2011).
He previously compiled Legislating for Human Rights: The Parliamentary Debates on the Human Rights Bill (Hart, 2000) and co-authored ‘Hate Speech, Holocaust Denial and International Human Rights Law’, European Human Rights Law Review (1999).
Adrian came to the bar through a commitment to human rights. He previously worked as a legal officer for Liberty doing policy work and test case litigation. He was also involved for many years in the management of Brixton Advice Centre.
Adrian worked as a legal officer for Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties), including policy and test case litigation. He was vice-chair of the management committee of Brixton Advice Centre. He is a member of the management committee of Tower Hamlets Law Centre.