Adam Hartrick



Adam is a Partner in the Health and Social Care and Public Law Advisory Team. For over 20 years he has worked with clients in the health & social care and regulatory sectors advising on a range of legal issues relating to the care and treatment of patients and regulation of health and social care providers. 


Adam is a very experienced Inquest advocate and provides advice and support including representation from the point at which a case is notified to the Coroner. Allied to this he advises on issues that flow from serious untoward incidents including in relation to criminal investigations, CQC enforcement and civil claims.
He has a particular interest and expertise in issues relating to mental capacity and has represented clients in the Court of Protection and the High Court both in relation to medical treatment and welfare issues concerning both adults and children. He has supported both health and social care providers with challenges to the CQC including representation in connection with enforcement action.
He also represents public bodies in connection with Judicial Review proceedings largely around issues relating to the provision of facilities and services.

Notable projects

  • An NHS Trust v A and Others (2015) EWHC 2828 - successful representation of an NHS FT in proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court concerning withdrawal of treatment to twin babies: court granted the Orders in the terms sought.
  • Jamadar v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2016) EWCA Civ 1001 - Appeal Court decision upholding Defendant’s approach to cost budgeting and limiting Claimant cost recovery to Court fees.
  • An NHS Trust v M and K (2013) EWHC 2402 - successfully representing an NHS Trust obtaining declarations sought concerning that it was in the best interests of M not to receive CPR or be admitted to ICU in the event of serious deterioration.
  • An NHS Trust v L and Others (2012) EWHC 2741 - successfully represented NHS Trust obtaining declaration it as lawful only to provide treatment to which L, affected by severe anorexia, was able to cooperate with.
  • Acted for CCG in JR challenge concerning closure of mental health hospital - CCG status became one of interested party as opposed Defendant following submission of response to JR claim.

Chambers/ Legal 500 rankings

Adam has been described by clients in recent Legal 500 editions as 'extremely hardworking', 'extremely knowledgeable and sensitive' and 'hugely experienced' in relation to his inquest work.

    Admitted as a Solicitor



    • LLB Hons - University of Southampton  
    • LPC (Distinction) 1994 - The College of Law


    • Harrogate & District Law Society (President 2015)

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