“Thanks once more for your help to my family. We really appreciate all your gallant efforts in all the cases you have undertaken for us”
Adam Hundt is a partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn and is based in our Bristol office. Previously Adam was a partner at Pierce Glynn, having joined the firm from Hodge Jones and Allen solicitors in 2003. He was based in London until late 2010, when he set up our Bristol office.
Adam is recognised as one of the leading human rights and public law practitioners in the country. In 2007 he was short-listed for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in the ‘Young Solicitor’ category, and in 2008 he was short-listed for the Law Society Excellence Awards in the ‘Junior Solicitor’ category. For several years in succession he has been named as a leading individual in civil liberties/human rights and administrative/public law by both the Chambers & Legal 500 directories. The 2015 Chambers directory describes him as known for his “meticulous preparation”, whilst the latest Legal 500 directory describes him as “highly regarded”.
Adam is particularly adept at using human rights arguments to help individuals hold the state to account. He has acted in a number of national security related cases, and for victims of torture abroad, including taking action against the UK government for complicity in torture overseas.
He also has a lively caseload involving victims of trafficking and immigration detention, including judicial reviews in the High Court, as well as damages claims in the County Court and Higher Courts. He has worked extensively with NGOs such as the Human Trafficking Foundation, Unseen UK, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Medical Justice in this area, providing training for trafficking victims’ support workers and speaking at various events.
Public law permeates much of Adam’s work, as he has extensive experience of conducting judicial reviews in the High Court. In doing so he has successfully challenged funding cuts by local authorities, public service restructuring decisions and a wide range of local and central government decisions and policies. He often works closely with NGOs and campaign groups, where the case is part of a broader campaign.
Adam has developed particular expertise in healthcare judicial reviews. He acted in the leading case on access to healthcare for migrants in both the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as cases concerning the legality of outsourcing NHS services, the legality of the organ transplant system, funding of stem cell treatment by PCTs, the adequacy of healthcare provision in immigration detention centres and prisons, and discriminatory GP registration procedures and Department of Health policies.
Adam works closely with national charities such as the National Aids Trust, MedAct, Maternity Action, Doctors of the World and other voluntary agencies in connection with his healthcare work. He has provided training to a very wide range of organisations on healthcare issues including the British HIV Association, various NHS Trusts, and the African HIV Policy Network. He has spoken at various national conferences (for example the Refugee Council and Medsin) over the past few years on this issue, has written a number of articles on healthcare for legal and voluntary organisation journals, and has been interviewed by several medical journals in connection with his healthcare work (e.g. BMJ 2008;337:a1111).
Over the past few years Court of Protection work has also begun to feature prominently in Adam’s caseload, mainly as a result of cases in which he is instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent an incapacitated patient. This includes cases involving deprivation of liberty and cases involving ‘best interests’ decisions.
Like many of his colleagues, discrimination challenges have always made up a significant proportion of Adam’s cases, ranging from policy challenges in the High Court (for example a challenge to a Council’s housing allocation policy that discriminated against care leavers who were born abroad) to damages claims (such as a claim for damages on behalf of a woman who was detained on arrival at Heathrow because she was pregnant).
Adam has acted for many children whose rights have been infringed. These cases range from judicial reviews of social services decisions (for example refusals to accommodate and support teenage care leavers, or a failure to provide them with adequate leaving care services) to cases on behalf of child victims of trafficking (for example challenging age assessments).
Adam is also an experienced social welfare lawyer. Most of his social welfare cases involve judicial review proceedings, including cases on behalf of homeless people who need accommodation, and disabled people who require assistance as a result of their problems. Many of these cases involve urgent applications for judicial review and injunctions to ensure that a vulnerable person is not left street homeless and destitute, or that families are not on the streets.
He is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable clients who are in danger of losing their homes, and has built up significant experience of county court litigation. Many cases involve ensuring that vulnerable clients obtain support services to enable them to cope with their problems and remain in their own homes, and involve complex legal arguments arising from equalities or human rights legislation.
For the past 15 years Adam’s third most favourite thing – after his family and the law – has been his allotment. He has grown all sorts of fruit and vegetables in that time, with varying degrees of success, and was growing and eating Kale (and forcing his ungrateful family to eat it) long before Gwyneth Paltrow et al had ever heard of it. He has recently been able to combine those passions by representing the plotholders of Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford, who faced eviction so that the local authority could generate more revenue from a development. The case became a cause celebre for the allotment movement, and struck a blow for the protection of allotments when the High Court quashed the Secretary of State’s decision to consent to the appropriation of the allotment land for development
Significant cases in which Adam has acted include:
R (W & Others) v Secretary of State for Health, BMA intervening (Court of Appeal) – test case on data sharing and ambit of medical confidentiality, due to be heard by Court of Appeal in mid-2015.
R(YA) v Secretary of State for Health (Court of Appeal) – test case on access to hospital treatment for migrants
R (KA) v Essex CC (Court of Appeal) – test case on extent of procedural protection obligations imposed by Article 8 ECHR in context of support provided to a destitute family under s17 Children Act 1989.
EI (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Court of Appeal) – successful appeal by victim of trafficking against the dismissal of her asylum appeal.
SA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, AIRE Centre intervening (Court of Appeal) – representing the AIRE Centre as the intervener in a case on EU law freedom of movement.
BA & Others v Home Office, BID intervening (Court of Appeal) – claim for unlawful detention of mother and young children.
R (Moore & others) v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Watford BC (High Court) – judicial review of challenge to decision to consent to the appropriation of allotment land for development.
R (RB) v Devon CC & Devon PCT (High Court) – judicial review of outsourcing of children’s health and social care services.
ABK v Security Services (High Court) – Claim for damages against UK security services for complicity in torture abroad. Settled on confidential terms.
R (BE) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court) – First reported case in which immigration detention was found to have breached the disability equality duty.
R(NS) v First Tier Tribunal, Asylum Support & Secretary of State for the Home Dept. (High Court) – successful human rights based challenge to First-Tier Tribunal decision.
R (Nur) v London Borough of Newham (High Court) – race discrimination challenge to social housing allocation policy affecting care leavers.
R (Ba Fakih) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Upper Tribunal) – judicial review of Home Office policy on restricting access to public funds for people granted leave to remain in the UK under Article 8.