One of the UK’s Best Criminal Defence Barristers and KCs [QCs]

Recognised as one of the UK’s best criminal defence barristers, Adrian Eissa KC [formerly QC] has practised in criminal law for over 30 years. His practice is diverse, specialising in multiple areas of criminal law and confiscation. He is also frequently instructed in regulatory and professional disciplinary cases, together with tax tribunal hearings.

Although regularly instructed by high-profile City solicitors, Adrian is also available to represent individuals, corporates and other organisations as a direct access barrister without the need to go to a solicitor. When appropriate, Adrian will advise clients whether a solicitor is also needed.

Adrian is approachable, down to earth and pragmatic. He always looks to secure the very best possible outcome for his clients, whatever the legal issue.

He is a truly top-flight and caring advocate who will make time to work on your case, with passion, to best effect.

Adrian is also a Recorder of the Crown Court (a part-time judge).

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One of the UK’s Best Criminal Defence Barristers and KCs [QCs]

Every Criminal Defence Case Matters | Adrian Eissa Barrister KC

Adrian understands the importance of every case he takes on. He knows that even a “minor offence” is still of huge significance to every single client, and to the family and friends of the people he defends.

It never leaves his mind that even a “minor” conviction can have major implications for reputation, employment and life opportunities.

Having been instructed in the most serious and complex of cases, Adrian never loses sight of the fact that every case can be significant to those involved.


Adrian Eissa KC is one of the UK’s top-rated criminal appeal barristers and is frequently instructed to advise on grounds of appeal – both against conviction and against sentence.

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Top-Rated Fraud Defence Direct Access Barrister, Adrian Eissa KC [formerly QC] has extensive expertise in successfully defending the full range of fraud allegations.

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Proceeds of Crime (POCA)

As a nationally leading POCA & Confiscation Specialist Defence Barrister & Author, Adrian Eissa KC is acknowledged as a leader in this field.

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Sexual Offences

Best-in-class sex assault offences and rape defence barrister, Adrian Eissa is known to approach serious sexual cases with the same expert legal skill, care and sensitivity that he is famous for.

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Adrian has an enviable track record of securing outstanding results for individuals and corporates in a very wide variety of regulatory proceedings.

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Specialist Criminal Defence Barrister KC | Client Involvement, Best Outcomes

Very often people facing legal problems, particularly criminal charges, feel swept away by the power of an uncaring system, disregarded and disempowered.

Adrian knows that this can apply to high-functioning, high-net-worth individuals and corporates as much as anyone else.

Part of his role is to ensure that this stops! Once Adrian gets involved in a case, his client’s voice is heard.

It varies from case to case in terms of how active the client needs to be but Adrian’s experience has shown that better outcomes are achieved if clients feel included, listened to, respected and involved in the legal process.

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Adrian’s approach is always to give an honest and frank assessment of the case, so that the client is empowered to make a truly informed choice about the best way to proceed.

This is vital, because very often cases require difficult judgment calls and clients need to be clear-eyed and well informed about the various options that are open to them.

Adrian’s value is in his 30 years of top-flight experience. Sometimes this may even mean engaging head-on with evidential or other legal difficulties. This is absolutely the best way to deal with challenges. If challenges are not recognised and anticipated, the best strategic and tactical way forward will not be deployed.

Adrian is an outstanding all-round barrister who makes persuasive arguments before the Court of Appeal. He is truly a titan at the criminal bar.

Legal 500 2022


Juries find him very difficult to dislike and his natural likeability is something that can benefit a defendant in a criminal case.

Chambers UK 2022

In cross-examinations he can switch from easy-going to stone-cold in a second – sometimes to devastating effect.

Chambers UK 2022


June 10, 2022

Clayton Solicitors

Adrian is an outstanding barrister; we cannot recommend him highly enough. His…

August 10, 2022

Serpil Tas

Adrian is an exceptional barrister. His expertise is matched by his compassion…

May 10, 2022

John Hillier

Our family will be forever grateful to Adrian. If you are looking…

July 10, 2022

Vinny Patel

Adrian really gives you faith and confidence in the Legal system. His…

June 1, 2022

AK Chan

I originally approached Adrian Eissa QC via the Public access scheme, when…

August 1, 2022


Adrian helped me with a complex issue. I was impressed with his…

August 25, 2022

Nicholas Ives

A genuine A list performer. Pure class in court and backed up…

June 15, 2022

Joseph Kotrie Monson

Adrian Eissa is friendly, approachable but most of all a true expert…

July 1, 2022

Maira Khan

Adrian thrives in excellent practice and delivery in the private prosecution cases.…

May 25, 2022

Mick Randall

I can only give Adrian top marks. I am an Investigation company…

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  • Recorder of Crown Court 2012
  • Queen’s Counsel 2018


  • The Proceeds of Crime
    Millington & Sutherland Williams 5th Ed, 2018. Oxford University Press, Civil Recovery Chapters
  • Criminal Law Week 2019
    Case commentary
  • Fraud: A Practitioners Handbook
    Bloomsbury Professional 2014
  • Confiscation: A Practitioners Handbook
    Bloomsbury Professional 2011


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
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