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Angus McCullough QC

Call: 1990 
QC: 2010


Angus McCullough QC has a practice which covers public law (including human rights and civil liberties), professional negligence, and regulatory and disciplinary law.  He has particular expertise in the fields of health and the environment, and frequently appears in inquests.  In 1997 he was appointed by the Attorney General to the panel of Counsel to the Crown and in 2002 was appointed to the 'A' List of this panel.  Before turning to law, he read Zoology at Oxford (where he was President of the Oxford Union), and then worked as a safari guide in Zambia.  He maintains his interest in natural history, including under water, and has published a number of papers about hoverflies and butterflies.

In 2011 Angus was instructed by the Attorney General in the ‘Facebook juror’ contempt case (AG v. Fraill & Sewart), and in committal proceedings against the Sun and the Mail in the first contempt case relating to publication by the press on the internet (AG v. Associated Newspapers & NGN).  In June 2011 he appeared in the Supreme Court for the Home Secretary in an appeal relating to the Government’s strategy to combat forced marriages, raising the marriage visa age from 18 to 21 (SSHD v. Quila).  This October, he acted as the lead special advocate for Ekaterina Zatuliveter, the former researcher for an MP who was accused of spying for the Russian Intelligence Services, in her appeal against deportation before SIAC (judgment pending).   He also continues to act in a variety of high value clinical negligence cases.

In 2009 Angus was named Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Junior of the year at the Chambers Bar Awards, and healthcare work remains a core area of his practice in silk.  Since its launch, he has been an editor of the UK Human Rights blog (, which was set up and is maintained by members of 1 Crown Office Row.  In demand as a speaker, during 2010 he has been invited to speak at the UKELA annual conference and the Justice / Sweet & Maxwell Human Rights Law conference. 

As a leading special advocate, he has appeared in some of the most prominent and significant cases involving national security in recent years, including:  Abu Qatada; Zatuliveter (alleged Russian spy whose appeal against deportation was allowed); Shaker Aamer (Guantanamo inmate bringing Norwich Pharmacal application); Al Jedda; AF (No.3) (House of Lords case considering requiremements of fairness in control order proceedings); Al Rawi (civil claim of Guantanamo detainees against the UK Government); and Bhutta (asset-freezing case to determine requirements of fairness in asset-freezing cases).


In the current edition of Chambers Guide to the Bar he is recognised in silk as a leading expert in five fields:  Administrative & Public Law; Civil Liberties & Human Rights; Clinical Negligence; Environment and Immigration. 

Directory entries from previous years include (see printable version of the CV for a more detailed list)


"He is very clever, with good analytical skills and pleasant to deal with." "He has a first-rate reputation and is known as one of two special advocates that everyone goes to." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He is fantastic - he hones his submissions, and is a powerful advocate because he really thinks through what he's going to say."  "He is the premier silk for closed material procedures. He's taken a real interest in the broader development of the law, and is a genuinely well-respected voice in that area." (Chambers UK 2015)

"He does really good human rights work." "His level of understanding is phenomenal." (Chambers UK 2014)

He is unflappable and fantastic on his feet, helpful, constructive and engaging." (Chambers UK 2013)

“striking forensic and analytical skills”; "unbelievably bright." "Thorough in his approach and incisive in his advice," … just "the right touch and weight in court"; "measured, intelligent and always very personable."; "has an incisive mind and gets to the heart of an issue very quickly."; "an attractive advocate" who is lauded for being "committed and clear-thinking."; a number of interviewees adverted to his “keen intelligence, his abilities as an advocate and the authority he exudes when acting before fitness to practise panels”. (Chambers UK 2012)


Angus was named Personal Injury/ Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2009.

 “He is a brilliant and balanced advocate in absolute control of his material. Clients love him and feel that he is very much on their side. His advice is always sensible and to the point.” “Angus is a delight to work with. He pins his colours to the mast effectively.”  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He's one of those consummate QCs who's both authoritative but also really helpful and approachable" (Chambers UK 2015)

"His advocacy skills are excellent, and he has a good manner in court - it's like he's leading a lamb to slaughter when on his feet." (Chambers UK 2014)

“very sharp and effective" and "able to negotiate very cleverly.” (Chambers UK, 2013)

“extremely impressive, in that he provides heavyweight technical advice and support.”  He proves invaluable to those instructing him, as he “manages difficult clients with consummate charm.”  (Chambers UK, 2010)


"A highly accomplished public lawyer," who handles environmental cases as part of his busy practice. "He is very good on the habitat conservation side and is a safe pair of hands." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He is a clever, approachable and accessible barrister."  (Chambers UK 2015)

“He has a very good eye for detail; he writes good opinions and tackles well the complex aspects of the case." (Chambers UK 2014)

"He is your classic example of a good, clever barrister who straddles public, environmental and civil liberties law." (Chambers UK 2013)

Angus McCullough often undertakes environmental cases with unusual scientific elements.  His “comprehensive, thorough and to-the-point research” combined with his “considered advocacy” make him a pleasure to work with, say clients.  (Chambers UK, 2010)


"has an incredible eye for detail" alongside a "really easy, relaxed approach" and approachable manner. (Chambers UK 2013)

Angus McCullough QC, who took silk in 2010, stands out for being ‘exceptionally bright, able, independent-minded and thorough’. (Legal 500, 2010)

Angus McCullough is “engagingly unpretentious” and wins praise for his careful analysis of cases and great courtroom manner.  Cases he has handled include GDC v Dr Sheikh, an important case on interim suspension powers.  (Chambers UK, 2010)


Contributor, Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law, Second Edition, 2008 (chapter on Nature Conservation)


The Thundering Tide: Contempt in the age of the Internet


Attorney General's Civil Panel of Counsel to the Crown 1997 - 2010 (A-list 2002-2010)

Trustee of the Barristers' Benevolent Association

Trustee of the International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, 2003 - present

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Trustee of the Kasanka Trust, 1999 - present (see full cv printable version for more details)

Trustee of Buglife, 2010 - present

Fellow of the Linnean Society, 2011 - present

Significant cases include the following

Please click on the printable version of the CV for a more detailed list

HUMAN RIGHTS (in various contexts)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v AF, AN and AE [2009] UKHL 28

R (Baiai and others) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] 1 AC 287, House of Lords     

Savage v. South Essex Partnership NHS Trust  [2009] 2 WLR 115, House of Lords

OO (Jordan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] 2 WLR 512, House of Lords

R (Quila) v. SSHD [2010] EWCA Civ 1482, appeal to SC pending


Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee: 5 cases - 2009/10

United Utilities Water plc v. Environment Agency [2007] 1 WLR 2707, House of Lords

R (Greenpeace) v. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2006] Env LR 19 

Environment Agency v. Inglenorth Ltd [2009] EWHC 670 (Admin), Divisional Court

Redfern Inquiry into human tissue analysis in UK nuclear facilities:  With David Hart QC, represented one of the principal nuclear industry bodies.


R (Shiekh) v General Dental Council  [2007] EWHC 2972 (Admin)

Dad v General Dental Council [2000] 1 WLR 1538, Privy Council


R (K) v. West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2006] 1 WLR 1865, CA

R (N) v. Mental Health Review Tribunal (Northern Region) [2006] QB 468, CA


Savage, House of Lords – see above.

Plampin v. Havering NHS PCT [2006] EWHC 39, Forbes J

Holt v. Edge [2007] EWCA Civ 602, CA


Abu Qatada (see OO (Jordan) above)

Various appeals against Control Orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 and national security cases before SIAC, e.g:

Secretary of State for the Home Department v E [2007] 3 WLR 1, CA

Secretary of State for the Home Department v NN and GG [2009] EWHC 142 (Admin)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v M [2004] 2 All ER 863 (the only Belmarsh detainee under the Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 to have his appeal allowed)


Contempt of Court

AG v. Associated Newspapers & News Group Newspapers Ltd [2011] EWHC 418 (Admin)
(Contempt of The Sun and Mail Online for online publication).

AG v. Seckerson & Times Newspapers Ltd [2009] EWHC 1023 (Admin)
(Contempt of a juror and the Times for publication of details of jury's deliberations).

AG v. Express Newspapers [2004] EWHC 2859 (Admin)
(Contempt of the Daily Star in identifying footballers in connection with gang rape allegations).


Recent high profile inquests:

Bournemouth helicopter crash

Private plane crash at RAF St Mawgan

Death of overseas visitor requiring heart transplant

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