Our criminal defence team comprises two experienced court practitioners. Together they have over 40 years experience conducting criminal cases not only in Peterhead but at courts throughout Scotland including the High Court of Justiciary and the Criminal Court of Appeal in Edinburgh.

Our solicitors are:-

John Adam

John is a former pupil of Ellon Academy and honours graduate from the University of Aberdeen and has now been in private practice as a court solicitor for in excess of 18 years. John commenced his court experience in Edinburgh in 1995 working for MacRoberts, McKay & Norwell and Nigel Beaumont and Co and in 1999 he formed the firm of Adam Bevan & Co, based in Leith. John moved back to the north east of Scotland in 2002 and was appointed as a partner at Stewart & Watson, Peterhead until April 2007 when he formed the firm of Adam Legal LLP based in Buchanhaven, Peterhead. John has conducted hundreds of summary criminal trials in the Sheriff and JP Courts and numerous Jury trials.

In 2012 John was delighted to be appointed as staff at the University of Aberdeen, taking up the position of Senior Tutor in Criminal Litigation.


Stuart Flowerdew

Stuart graduated from Dundee University in 1989 with an Honours degree in Law. From that time until 1992 he worked in Perth, predominantly in conveyancing. He began working in Peterhead initially as a general court assistant for Stewart & Watson and then Masson & Glennie. In 1997 he was involved in the establishment of the criminal defence firm of John MacRitchie & Co. SSC. Since December 1999 Stuart has been the principal in his own firm based in Kirk Street, Peterhead.

During the past 25 years Stuart has built up an enormous bank of experience in all areas of law. Latterly his focus has been the criminal courts where he has appeared across Scotland in cases ranging from minor road traffic matters to murder. His reputation rests on his personable manner, commitment and professionalism.


Any involvement with the criminal system will most likely begin with the police contacting you and you have the right to be represented from the outset. It is never to early to call your solicitor.

We provide a 24 hour service, our fully qualified and experienced solicitors are in a position to give you the advice you need and to guide you through the whole process from start to finish. We are registered with the Scottish Legal Aid Board to provide Criminal Advice and Assistance and Criminal legal Aid.

Whatever your circumstances, no matter the case, we are here and ready to assist.