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
  • 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
  • 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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