Arabella Adams
Junior counsel

Arabella Adams

Call to Bar:2019


5 Stone Buildings is a go-to traditional chancery set with a depth and breadth of talent and experience among both its silks and its junior counsel

Arabella joined 5 Stone Buildings as a tenant in October 2020, following the successful completion of her pupillage in Chambers. During pupillage, she was supervised by Ruth Hughes, William East, Mathew Roper and Mark Baxter, gaining experience across the spectrum of Chambers’ practice areas. Arabella is happy to accept instructions in all areas in which Chambers practises.

Arabella graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a First in ab initio Russian and French, along with two prizes for her results. She achieved a Distinction on the City University GDL, placing third in the year, and was awarded the Lord Mansfield Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn for her BPTC year. Arabella then went on to obtain the highest Outstanding overall mark in the Lincoln’s Inn cohort for her BPTC, for which she was awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year prize / Ede & Ravenscroft Wig and Gown prize, a Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan prize and the Barstow Scholarship from City University.

Before coming to the Bar, Arabella lived in Russia for a year, working first as a primary school teacher in Samara, then at an art organisation in Moscow. Following this, she worked at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (a United Nations agency) in Geneva. During her legal studies, Arabella volunteered with the National Centre for Domestic Violence, drafting witness statements for victims of domestic violence who sought emergency injunctions. She also taught debating at HMP Pentonville and HMP Feltham, as well as volunteering at the West London Family Court’s Personal Support Unit, assisting litigants in person.

About Arabella Adams

Education and Qualifications
  • BPTC, City University London: Outstanding (1st in Lincoln’s Inn cohort).
  • GDL, City University London: Distinction (3rd in the year).
  • BA in ab initio Russian and French, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge: First Class.
Scholarships & Prizes
  • Student of the Year 2019 (Lincoln’s Inn) / Wig and Gown Prize (Ede & Ravenscroft).
  • Barstow Scholarship (City University).
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn).
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).
  • Property Bar Association Essay Competition 2017-18: First Prize.
  • Abraham Prize (Selwyn College, Cambridge).
  • Tripos Prize (Selwyn College, Cambridge).

Arabella recently co-presented a webinar with Ruth Hughes on Inheritance Tax.


Arabella’s published articles include the following:

  • “Trending in Traditional Chancery: #FraudulentCalumny” The Barrister (October 2020).
  • “Has leasehold had its day?” Estates Gazette (April 2018).


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