Adam Kirke


Before commencing pupillage, Adam worked as a Conflicts Analyst for Herbert Smith Freehills where he advised partners on their ethical duties in relation to conflicts across a breadth of civil and criminal matters, managing any conflicts in line with the regulatory code.

Prior to that, whilst studying for the BPTC part-time (achieving the Provost’s Award for Excellence), he worked as an investigator for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), investigating domestic and international complex fraud, bribery and corruption. This included interviewing suspects and witnesses under PACE 1984 and S2 CJA 1987, reviewing financial records and attending property searches with the police. Whilst at the SFO he was awarded an official commendation from the Director of the SFO for his outstanding contribution.

Adam achieved a first class honours Law degree from Bournemouth University in 2015. During his university placement he acted as a Crown Court paralegal for the Crown Prosecution Service where he managed a monthly case load and attended court daily. In this role he was nominated for Placement of the Year for outstanding achievement by exceeding expectations.

Outside of work he is an avid, yet unfortunate, fan of Arsenal Football Club.

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PROFILE: Adam Kirke

Year called



LLB Law, Bournemouth University, 2015 (First Class).

Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law, 2018 (Very Competent).

Provosts Award for Excellence (2016).

ICA Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering, 2020 (Distinction).


The Criminal Bar Association

Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn