Described as “a brilliant and balanced advocate” and being “exceptionally bright, able, independent-minded and thorough“, Angus is recognised as one of the leading QCs at the Bar across a range of different legal fields, with a particular strength in written and oral advocacy.

Angus McCullough QC has extensive experience on matters of public and private law on behalf of individuals, private bodies, Government departments, and other public bodies. He has been appointed to act as amicus curiae (advocate to the court) on many occasions, including in the phone hacking trial of R v Rebekah Brooks et al. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, as well as representing the UK Government at the UN in Geneva and in European Court of Human Rights in proceedings in Strasbourg. He has acted in 8 cases before the House of Lords / Privy Council / Supreme Court.

He conducts medical claims of the highest value and complexity for both claimants and defendants. He won the Chambers and Partners award for personal injury and clinical negligence barrister of the year 2009, took silk in 2010, and medical law remains a major specialism. He also advises and appears in regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Angus has been instructed as the special advocate in some of the most high profile cases of recent years in the field of national security, and has been active in promoting understanding and debate in relation to closed material procedures.

Notable cases include:

  • CAAT: Challenge to UK licensing of arms sales to Saudi Arabia
  • Chagos Islanders Litigation (Bancoult et al): Appointed by the Divisional Court to act as Public Interest Immunity Advocate, 2018
  • Abu Qatada: Proceedings in various courts, including the House of Lords, against high profile Islamist preacher
  • Zatuliveter: Alleged Russian spy whose appeal against deportation was allowed
  • AF (No.3): House of Lords case considering requirements of fairness in control order proceedings
  • Al Rawi: Civil claim of Guantanamo detainees against the UK Government
  • Pham: Statelessness and deprivation of British citizenship
  • Sarkandi and McGartland: First two appeals against closed procedures ordered under s.6 of the Justice and Security Act 2013

Contempt of Court is an area of specialist expertise. He has been instructed by the Attorney General in cases of press and juror contempt, including the ‘Facebook juror’ case, and the first contempt proceedings brought against a newspaper for an online publication. He was instructed as amicus in the phone hacking criminal trial of R v Rebekah Brooks and others, to advise the court in relation to reporting restrictions and costs. Angus represented the UK Government in Dallas v UK, in Strasbourg,

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.

Before turning to law, Angus read Zoology at Oxford where he was President of the Oxford Union. He then worked in Zambia as a safari guide. He maintains his interest in natural history above and below water, and has co-authored various papers on butterflies and hoverflies in the Hebrides and Madeira. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Linnean Society.

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