Andrew Adams’ Appeal

15 Sep 2016

On 14 January 2007, Andrew Adams’ conviction of the murder of Jack Royal was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Adams was represented by Hickman & Rose partner Ben Rose, who instructed Tim Owen QC leading John Lyons.

Mr Adams has subsequently lodged a police complaint (regarding alleged misconduct by officers from Northumbria police) and a complaint to the Legal Complaints Service (regardingallegations of extremely poor legal service from his original criminal defence solicitor) and is considering his other legal remedies arising from the miscarriage of justice.

Hickman & Rose continues to advise Mr Adams. This includes recent developments on his compensation claim to the Justice Secretary under s133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, which has been refused on grounds that Mr Adams is likely to challenge in judicial review proceedings.


Victim Jack Royal was shot dead in 1990, and Andrew Adams was convicted of the killing in 1993. In 2005 the conviction was referred back to the Court of Appeal by the CCRC.

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