Public Inquiries

Neil has acted in a wide range of high profile public inquiries. He was counsel to the Victoria Climbie and Zahid Mubarak Inquiries. He acted for the military witnesses in the Al Sweady inquiry, and for a number of high profile witnesses in the Iraq (Chilcot) Inquiry. He was counsel to the Chantler review into standardised tobacco packaging, and to the inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s activities at Broadmoor. He is currently instructed by the NCA and the Departments of Health and Justice in the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

“His skeleton arguments are impressive.” “Highly composed, organised, thorough and comprehensive. He has a very cool head.” “Extremely clever and good humoured and a delight to work with.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

Notable cases include:

  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (ongoing).
  • Jimmy Savile Litigation.
  • Victoria Climbie Inquiry: Counsel to Inquiry.
  • Zahid Mubarak Inquiry: Counsel to Inquiry.
  • Al Sweady Inquiry: Counsel to the Military Witnesses.
  • Iraq Inquiry: Counsel to several prominent political and military witnesses.
  • Alexander Litvinenko Inquiry: Counsel to Foreign and Home Secretaries.
  • IICSA: Counsel to several government departments.
  • Chantler Review into Standardised Tobacco Packaging: Counsel to Review.
  • Investigation of Jimmy Savile at Broadmoor: Counsel to Investigation.

National Security

Neil has been heavily involved in national security work since 2003 when he was first appointed as a special advocate to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. He acted as special advocate for, amongst others Abu Hamza and a number of the original Belmarsh detainees.

More recently, Neil has acted exclusively for government departments and agencies in work of this nature and has been involved in some of the most-high profile such cases including the Alexander Litvinenko inquest/inquiry, the Saudi arms trade litigation and a number of applications to European Court of Human Rights concerned with the bulk interception of communications and communications data.

Neil has extensive experience of SIAC and has acted for the Secretary of State in a variety of appeals including deportation with assurances, deprivation of citizenship and naturalization.

Neil has held Developed Vetted (DV) security clearance continuously since 2003.

Notable cases include:

  • E3 and G3 v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ongoing): Deprivation of citizenship (SIAC)
  • Al Khayer v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ongoing): refusal of naturalisation for various members of President Assad’s extended family (SIAC).
  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism v United Kingdom (ongoing): ECHR application concerning bulk interception of communications; Articles 8 and 10.
  • Saudi Arms Trade Litigation (ongoing): JSA 2013 closed material procedure; international humanitarian law; relationship between national security and international relations.
  • McGartland v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 686: National Security; JSA 2013 closed material procedure; NCND principle; correct approach to case management under the JSA.
  • Foreign Secretary v Coroner for Inner North London [2014] ACD 43 PII; Litvinenko Inquest; successful Jr of Coroner’s decision to order disclosure of material.
  • McGartland v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2248 (QB): JSA 2013 closed material procedure; s.6 declaration; case management.
  • LO (Jordan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 164: Appeals against preliminary rulings of SIAC; application of s.7 of the SIAC Act 1997.
  • E v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] HRLR 18.

Selected Cases

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