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Adam Stewart-Wallace

Adam Stewart-Wallace’s practice spans a number of Chambers’ key practice areas. He is experienced in gaining successful outcomes for clients in contentious matters, both in court and by way of settlement. He appears regularly in the high court and county court.

Adam is happy working independently or as a led junior. He regularly guides clients from the first advice to the conclusion of the case and is a reassuring presence throughout.

Before coming to the Bar, Adam lectured for the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Cambridge and Heythrop College, University of London.

For the 2022/2023 season, he will also be the manager of the Trumpington FC under 8s Dragons football team.

Commercial & Business Disputes

Contractual disputes

Adam regularly advises and acts in contractual disputes. He advises on complex matters of construction and interpretation, including:

  • Exemption, exclusion and waiver clauses.
  • Force Majeure clauses and frustration.
  • Non-disclosure clauses.
  • Guarantee and indemnity clauses.
  • Construction of settlement agreements (Brierley v Otuo [2021] EWHC 644 (Ch)).



Adam has advised and acted on company matters for companies and individual directors and shareholders including:

  • Unfair Prejudice
  • Breach of Director’s duties
  • Removal / appointment of directors
  • Company insolvency, including injunctive applications to restrain advertisement of winding-up petitions


Interim applications

As part of his commercial practice Adam has experience in interim applications for injunctions (both making and opposing), including an urgent injunction to restore a director’s position at Companies House and an injunction to restrain any alteration of the register without permission of the court in a case where a fraudulent party was attempting to gain control of a company;

Adam also has experience acting in regard to abuse of process, cause of action estoppel, totally with merit applications and limited civil restraint orders Brierley v Otuo & Ors [2021] 7 WLUK 307Brierley v Otuo & Ors [2022] EWHC 3254; and conventional estoppel Brierley v Otuo & Ors [2022] EWHC 1530 (Ch).


  • BPTC, City University (2018)
  • Exhibition Scholar, Inner Temple (2018)
  • GDL, BPP (2016)
  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2010)
  • AHRC Doctoral Award (2007)
  • MPhil in Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2006)
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2001)
  • Churchill Scholar, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (2000-2001)

Associations & Memberships

  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • Member of Court of Protection Bar Association


For more information and advice

Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758


Pricing Policy

Unless otherwise agreed my Clerk will calculate my fees based on my current hourly rate. My rates are reviewed annually and details can be obtained from my Clerk. Once a rate is set for any particular case the hourly rate will only ever be adjusted with express agreement between my Clerks and those instructing me. All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate where applicable.

Adam Stewart-Wallace is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Council Ref 70689]. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/121] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for UK VAT under the reference 336466387

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