Adrian Salter

Adrian Salter

His practice includes defending in solicitors' negligence claims as well as a contract litigation

Legal 500, 2020

"Experienced in commercial disputes and contract litigation matters."

Legal 500, 2017

"Few people understand the complexities of consumer credit related issues as much Adrian - his advocacy is second to none.”


"Adrian is a confident and persuasive advocate and has a knack for cutting through the detail. It's reassuring to have him in one’s corner."


“Recommended for high-value professional negligence claims."

Legal 500 2016

Practice Overview

Consistently recommended as an outstanding Commercial junior in the Legal 500 Adrian specialises in all aspects of contract litigation, commercial disputes, sale of goods, fraud and professional negligence. Recent successes in this field include Yam Seng Pte v. ITC [2013] EWHC 111. His forensic strengths are in advocacy, rapid assimilation of facts and immediate identification of the critical issues of a dispute. He has the experience to sense instinctively when to settle and when to fight.

Adrian’s fluency in French, Italian and German, and his experience in conflict of laws, are an invaluable bonus in multi-national and cross-border commercial disputes. He acts extensively for (and against) insurers, particularly in relation to solicitors’ negligence, and has arbitrated several apportionments of liability.

For many years he lectured on developments in the law of contract, and the entire range of torts, and also chaired the appeals panel of the Legal Aid Board.

He is an avid amateur pianist, singer and writer on music. His experience proved invaluable when acting for the Fire Brigade after its appliance collided with an opera singer outside Harrods. She tore her vocal cords as she screamed, claimed galactic damages for the loss of her career, and after musicological cross-examination recovered £3,000. The defendant had paid £3,500 into court on day one.

Professional Negligence

He has advised solicitors’ professional indemnity insurers in hundreds of cases (and also acts frequently against them), bringing to bear considerable experience in fields such as personal injuries, fatal accident claims, contract law, workmen’s compensation, conflict of laws, legal aid and negligence by professionals of different kinds in turn, and also an eagle eye for the kind of detail that is easily overlooked yet often pivotal in lost opportunity cases. He has arbitrated several disputes on apportionment of liability between solicitors. Notable reported cases in this area include Harrison v Bloom Camillin and Green v Hancocks.

Litigation Funding

In the growth industry of litigation funding Adrian has advised on dozens of high-value claims and arbitrations, in England, Australia and the Gulf States, at every stage from pre-action strategy to judgment, and also on intricate contractual disputes between funder and funded. Once again this work demands an eye for the central issue, a command of detail and an instinctive grasp, based on experience, of what can go wrong in litigation.

Consumer Credit and Mortgage Compensation Schemes

Adrian has become one of the few barristers to litigate in this highly complex and notorious (mine)field of the law, and he appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case of SPPL v. Walker. He regularly advises on mortgage mis-selling and claims under the Financial Services & Markets Act.