Neil Sheldon QC is acting for the Cabinet Office in its a defence of a challenge by the Sikh Federation to the recommendation by the Office for National Statistics that ‘Sikh’ should not be included as a tick-box response option to the ethnicity question in the 2021 census.

The case, which has received extensive media coverage, is being presented by the Claimants as the culmination of a 15-year campaign for modification of the census questionnaire. It raises important issues of Parliamentary Privilege concerning the jurisdiction of the Court pre-emptively to declare that an Order in Council would be unlawful. Neil is leading Jonathan Auburn from 11KBW and is instructed by the Government Legal Department.

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