Public Law

An esteemed public law silk, he is renowned for his adept handling of SIAC work, which often centres on national security matters. He routinely acts for both claimants and the government in complex, high-profile cases.

Selected Cases

  • Shamima Begum SIAC appeal against deprivation of British citizenship, as widely reported having left UK as a 15 year old to join ISIS.
  • A & ors v  Home Secretary (2020): Challenge to the refusal to deproscribe the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) them as a terrorist organisation.
  • Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Secretary of State for International Development [2019] EWCA Civ 1020: Challenge to the Government’s licensing of arms sales to Saudi Arabia; Supreme Court Appeal pending.
  • Saifullah v. Home Secretary (2020): Challenge to the adequacy of investigation into deaths of Afghans in the course of a raid by a UK Army unit in Afghanistan.
  • Reprieve v Prime Minister (2020): Challenge to the decision not to hold a public inquiry into the UK’s alleged involvement in unlawful rendition and torture post 9/11.
  • Privacy International v. Security Service (2020): Challenge to the policy for authorisation by MI5 for agents to participate in criminal activity.
  • Re: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) [2018] EWCA Crim 1856: acted as advocate to the court in the remitted contempt of court proceedings involving Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who is known for political purposes as Tommy Robinson.
  • Rahmatullah v MoD and others  [2017] EWHC 547: Civil claim alleging mistreatment and unlawful transfer to US custody by UK state; acting as special advocate.
  • R (MR) v SSHD [2017] EWHC 469 (Admin): Challenge to cancellation of British passport.
  • McGartland v SSHD [2015] EWCA Civ 686: Consideration by CA of principles to be applied in permitting closed material procedure under s.6 of the Justice and Security Act 2013.
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v AF, AN and AE (“AF No.3”) [2009] UKHL 28.
  • R (Baiai & 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 [2012] 1 AC 621, Supreme Court.
  • Dallas v UK, ECtHR: Application to Strasbourg Court by juror imprisoned for contempt of court in researching case on the internet.
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