Kirsty Brimelow QC

Doughty Street Chambers, Bar Human Rights Committee

Kirsty specialises in international human rights, criminal law, public international, constitutional and international criminal law. She is instructed in the most serious, complex and prominent cases nationally and internationally. Kirsty is an experienced trial barrister. She has defended defendants and acted for Claimants as a junior and then as Queen’s Counsel before the Criminal and Civil courts respectively, in England and Wales, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Courts Marital and Courts of Appeal in the Caribbean, the Court of Appeal in the British Virgin Islands, the European Court of Human Rights and the High Court in Gibraltar. Kirsty frequently advises before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the ECOWAS court in Abuja Nigeria, the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, the Superior Tribunal of Santander Colombia, the Supreme Court and Constitutional Courts of Colombia and the UN judicial processes and International Criminal Court.

Kirsty defended in the first murder case in the UK where the defence was heard “in camera” on grounds of national security. She was leading counsel defending in the first “juryless trial” in England and Wales. In 2014, she successfully judicially reviewed a decision by the DPP that  Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain was protected from prosecution for alleged torture by state immunity. She represented Amnesty International before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in its complaint that the data collection programmes Prism, Upstream and Tempora – as revealed by the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden – were in breach of Articles 8, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Professor Sir David Omand GCB

Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College

Sir David Omand GCB is a Visiting Professor in War Studies, King’s College London, and at Sciences-Po in Paris.  His career in government service included UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, Permanent Secretary Home Office, Director GCHQ, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He has an honorary Doctorate from the University of Birmingham, and a Masters from Cambridge University.  He is an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge.  He is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance chaired by Carl Bildt. His book Securing the State was published in 2010.

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Tim Eicke QC

Barrister, Essex Court Chambers

Tim has been described as “one of the strongest advocates in EU law and its application to human rights” and is considered to be one of the leading advocates in Public and Constitutional Law, European Union Law, International Human Rights Law and Public International Law. Tim has particular expertise in cases involving the inter-relationship and interaction between two or more of these (at times competing) areas of law.

Throughout his practice Tim has acted and advised in relation to human rights issues both before the domestic courts and tribunals as well as before international and supra-national bodies and tribunals, including the (now defunct) European Commission of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the European Committee of Social Rights, the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.

Tim’s human rights practice covers the whole breadth of domestic law (whether UK domestic law or that of other Contracting Parties to the ECHR or other international human rights instruments) including criminal law, data protection, family law, immigration law, VAT and Customs law, planning law, social security law, the law relating to pensions and national security and terrorism. Tim has also advised on the operation of the enforcement mechanisms before the Committee of Ministers in relation to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and on the operation and effect of Rule 39 indications. In this context, Tim also has experience of advising on the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and the provisions of the Singapore Constitution.

He has also been instructed in numerous occasions to act for interested parties seeking to intervene in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, including the Office of the High Representative in Beric et al v Bosnia Herzegovina(2008) 46 E.H.R.R. SE6 and Justice in Chahal v United Kingdom (1997) 23 EHRR 413.

Oliver Sells QC

, 5 Paper Buildings

Oliver Sells specialises in complex criminal cases (especially appellate work) involving fraud, extradition, money laundering and confiscation.

Since taking silk he has been involved in numerous high profile cases both at first instance and on appeal.

Revenue offences, asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings form a significant part of his practice as he regularly represents prosecutors, receivers, and third parties in the Crown Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords on matters relating to the restraint, receivership and confiscation of property.

John Swords

Head of Operational and International Humanitarian Law Team, MOD Central Legal Services, Government Legal Department

John Swords leads the Operational and International Humanitarian Law Division within the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Government Legal Department. His team in Whitehall provides legal advice to senior officials and ministers on defence operations at the strategic level and he also oversees the mixed military and civilian legal team at operational command, in the Permanent Joint Headquarters Northwood.

 

Rachel Logan

Associate, Matrix Chambers and, Law & Human Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International UK

Barrister, feminsita and Law & Human Rights Programme Director at Amnesty international UK. Rachel specialises in public, international and sports law. Her public law practice encompasses all areas, but has a particular focus on asylum and immigration, prison, equality and discrimination, education and community care law.

Before joining the Bar, Rachel worked as a consultant to UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response Unit in both New York and Liberia, advising on programming to combat sexual and gender violence and HIV/AIDS, and as an associate at a UN-ECOSOC consultative think-tank advising on international justice and Security Council concerns. She came to legal practice via a position as a researcher in the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town.

Alex Bailin QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Alex is recommended by the legal directories as a leading Silk in eight areas, spanning both criminal and civil law. His core areas are (1) criminal fraud / financial crime (2) crime (3) human rights (4)public and administrative law (5) media law and (6) defamation and privacy; he also specialises in (7) public international law and (8) professional discipline.

Previously a derivatives trader in the City who read Mathematics at Cambridge University, Alex is instructed in a wide variety of commercial and business crime cases: corporate manslaughter, corruption, cartels, frauds of all kinds, insider dealing and other regulatory offences. He represents a wide range of bodies and persons: multinational corporations, private equity groups, banks, traders, directors, senior business executives, City firms, regulators, prosecuting authorities, professional bodies, foreign governments, editors, journalists and media organisations. He is sought after for his advice during the investigatory stages and for heavyweight trial work. He is on the Serious Fraud Office QC List. His general criminal work ranges from gross negligence manslaughter to interception of communications and official secrets. His practice frequently involves international and cross-borderissues e.g. multi-jurisdictional investigations, extradition, sanctions and Interpol Red Notices. He has experience of criminal cases from many diverse jurisdictions e.g. USA, Russia, France, Jersey, Iceland, Greece, the Middle East and a number of Caribbean countries. He is recommended as one the Best Fraud Lawyers in the UK in the Global Best Lawyers directory (2015).

 

He has a diverse human rights and public law practice: from commercial judicial reviews to test cases in Strasbourg. His clients range from wealthy private clients, major shareholders, multinational corporations and FTSE companies to media organisations, regulators, public authorities, NGOs and publicly-funded individuals. He has been instructed in more than 20 cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. He often works at the interface between criminal and public law.

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Lisa Giovannetti QC

Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Lisa specialises in public law, with a particular interest in human rights, asylum, immigration, and cases involving national security issues.   She acts for the Government, public authorities and private individuals at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court, and has represented the UK before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights

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Jonathan Swift QC

Barrister, 11KBW

Jonathan has in-depth experience across the whole range of public law areas. This includes: human rights and civil liberties; constitutional law (including devolution issues); data protection and freedom of information; regulatory law (in particular energy regulation and financial regulation); EU Law; education; and strategic planning and environmental issues.

From 2006 to 2014 he was First Treasury Counsel, leading for the Government on major cases across the whole field of government activity and public administration.

Jonathan regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court (over 30 cases during the last 2 years). He appeared for the Government in the first appeal heard by the Supreme Court: Ahmed v HM Treasury ([2010] 2 AC 534, and 697), concerning the implementation of international sanctions against suspected terrorists and most recently in R(Rotherham MBC) v Secretary of State for Business ([2015] UKSC 6), where he successfully defended a government department from a challenge by several local authorities to a decision on the distribution of EU funds.

Jonathan has appeared in a number of very high profile civil liberties/human rights disputes, Gallestegui v Westminster City Council (freedom to protest in Parliament Square); Nicklinson v DPP (the right to die); N v Secretary of State for Health (Human Rights Act challenge to the smoking ban); Hurley and Moore v Secretary of State for Business (introduction of university tuition fees, and compatibility with the right to education); and Ghai v Home Secretary (compatibility of legislation preventing cremation by open air funeral pyre with the Human Rights Act).

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Judith Farbey QC

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Judith Farbey QC specialises in public and administrative law. Her work includes judicial review, civil claims involving public bodies and advisory work for clients seeking to avoid litigation. She undertakes cases raising European and international human rights law.

Her specialist immigration practice includes all aspects of Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the Points Based System for individual and corporate clients. She has developed a niche in sponsor licensing in the further and higher education sector, having been described as having “an unrivalled strategic understanding” of this area of law (Chambers & Partners, 2013). Her nationality law practice extends to prisoners abroad on death row. The author of numerous journal articles on immigration law, she is a member of the Consulting Editorial Board for the Immigration Law section of Lexis PSL.

She has an extensive practice in the law of detention.  She appears in judicial review cases involving the criminal justice system and serving prisoners.

Outside the Bar, in 2011-2012, Judith was the Lead Assistant Boundary Commissioner for the London Region.

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Anthony Speaight QC

Barrister, 4 Pump Court Chambers

Anthony is recommended in Chambers & Partners, Legal Experts and The Legal 500. Anthony Speaight has a commercial practice, specialising in the sometimes overlapping fields of professional negligence, construction and technology, related property litigation, professional regulation, financial services and other public and human rights law cases.

He has had particular involvement with cases considering the impact of the Human Rights Act on financial regulation. This began with the Court of Appeal decision R (Fleurose) v Securities and Futures Authority, which was the first case to consider how the Convention affected financial discipline. More recently he appeared in the Court of Appeal in R (Heather Moor & Edgecomb Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service, and is currently involved in the same case’s procedures in the Strasbourg Court.

Anthony acted in an Administrative Court case on whether the Freedom of Information Act required disclosure if Law Officers had advised on the human rights compatibility of the Financial Services and Markets Act. He also had the leading brief in the House of Lords in R v Wicks on the availability of public law defences in criminal proceedings.

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Dr Barbora Bukovská

Senior Director for Law and Policy, ARTICLE 19

Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization.

Barbora has an extensive experience working with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development. She also initiated about 50 cases at the European Court of Human Rights on these issues and has published a number of reports and articles on a broad range of human rights.  From 2006 to 2008, she was the Legal Director at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international organisationworking on the rights of people with disabilities in Europe and Central Asia.  She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York.

Jessica Simor QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Jessica is recognised as one of the country’s leading specialists in human rights and public law, acting for a wide range of clients, ranging from large companies such as the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, GE, Google, GNER, National Express, the Post Office, Ingenious Media and Welsh Water to regulators such as Ofgem, the ORR, Oftel and the OFT to Government departments such as DECC, MoD, BERR, as well as for NGOs such as WWF, Refuge, Liberty, Environmental Justice Foundation and MDLI, and for private individuals. Prior to taking Silk in 2013 she was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel. Jessica was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2014.

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Ian Wise QC

Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Ian Wise QC has been involved in a number of the most high profile public law cases in recent years including the Herceptin (breast cancer), Southwark (duties towards teenage children) and Birmingham (budget cuts to severely disabled people) cases. Although trained in criminal law Ian now specialises in public and human rights law and regularly appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. His practice covers a wide range of areas and he specialises in healthcare, local government, (including community care and education) and children’s law. Over recent years Ian has taken over 30 cases to the European Court of Human Rights. He is regularly instructed to act for leading national charities including the Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society and Age UK and has acted for the Royal College of Nursing in a number of cases.

Ian is a ranked as a leader in his field in public and administrative law, human rights law and education law and has appeared in numerous important cases in these areas. The latest edition of Legal 500 records that Ian “has been the driving force in all the landmark test cases for children in recent years’.

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Pam Bowen CBE

Operations Directorate, Crown Prosecution Service

Pam Bowen is a senior policy advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service. In that capacity she has worked on a wide range of topics, mostly supporting new victim initiatives. Prior to this appointment she has worked in a number of CPS areas. She is the CPS lead for human trafficking and organised immigration crime and has worked in developing policy for prosecutors and across government on human trafficking, organised immigration crime and prostitution since 2006 and on forced labour and slavery since 2010. She was responsible for developing the first policy on the non-prosecution of victims of trafficking who had committed criminal offences.

She has worked with international organisations, Ministers and government authorities in source and transit countries in negotiating and developing improved and collaborative responses to human trafficking, including training, mutual legal assistance and capacity building. She has been a regular contributor to development of European and International guidance since 2009.  She was awarded the CBE in January 2014 for her contribution to domestic and international work in responding to human trafficking.

Shaheen Rahman

Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row

Shaheen Rahman enjoys a diverse practice that is well balanced between Claimant and Defendant work.  She has broad experience of advocacy and advisory work in public and private law litigation, with particular expertise in Clinical Negligence, Public and Administrative law and Professional Disciplinary matters.

“She provides helpful advice and has an impressive ability to deal quickly with the complex issues involved in discrimination cases.” “She is very good and highly tenacious.” (Chambers and Partners 2014)

“Shaheen Rahman acts as a Special Advocate in terrorism-related cases, and also handles a number of matters relating to discrimination and prisoners’ rights. Observers remark that “she is approachable, utterly reliable, and always takes the big view.”” (Chambers and Partners 2013)

“Shaheen Rahman is singled out for her expertise in prisoner healthcare cases. Recent matters for her include a case alleging breaches under the Human Rights and Disability Discrimination Act alleging failure to provide for a deaf prisoner. She also appeared as a special advocate in a control order case”.  (Chambers and Partners 2012).

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Shu Shin Luh

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Shu Shin is a public law practitioner focusing on the rights of children and vulnerable adults and others in need of services and support. Her core client group is the children, vulnerable adults and their family members but she also advises and represents a number of non-governmental organisations and public bodies. She is on the panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

In 2012, Shu Shin was awarded the Young Legal Aid Barrister of the Year award.

Shu Shin is ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide and Legal 500 in the areas of administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, community care and education.

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Gillian Bradbury

Solicitor, Byrne and Partners LLP

Gillian Bradbury is a solicitor in the criminal fraud team specialising in fraud, white collar crime, restraint and confiscation. She is currently representing a director accused of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, a third party intervening in confiscation proceedings under new S 10A POCA and a defendant in multimillion pound confiscation proceedings. She regularly advises and represents clients in ancillary proceedings in respect of civil forfeiture and freezing orders and in restraint and confiscation proceedings. Prior to joining Byrne and Partners LLP, Gillian worked in the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and the Crown Prosecution Service Appeals Unit, where she gained experience of the range of appellate court litigation including appeals by way of case stated and judicial review proceedings.

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Parosha Chandran

Barrister, 1 Pump Court

Parosha Chandran is the UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer and she has been practicing at the Bar of England and Wales for 18 years. She is an award-winning human rights barrister and a leader at the Bar in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, forced labour and labour exploitation, immigration, trafficking-related criminal appeals and public law.

Parosha has acted in successful cases in a wide variety of human rights-related areas throughout her practice, from trafficking-related civil cases and criminal appeals, to civil actions against the police and prison law to employment-related race discrimination and medical cases. She also practices in immigration and asylum law (including adult & children’s cases, HIV appeals, deportation and EU law). She has appeared in the High Court of England and Wales, the Court of Appeal (both Civil and Criminal divisions), the Privy Council, the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and Chamber, the Employment Tribunal and she has drafted several successful applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Parosha has extensive experience in representing the rights of trafficked men, women and children in the UK who have experienced trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and enforced criminal activity.

On Monday 27 July 2015 at a ceremony at the State Department in Washington DC, Parosha Chandran was presented with the Trafficking in Persons Report Hero Award  2015 by John Kerry, US Secretary of State.

In naming Parosha Chandran as “one of the world’s leading practitioners” in the field of human trafficking and modern slavery, she was described by Mr Kerry as being an:

“…extraordinarily dedicated human rights barrister…[who has shaped] the development of national and international law and policy on human trafficking in the United Kingdom and abroad.  With a rare multi-disciplinary perspective, she has set critical legal precedents to protect the rights of trafficking victims.”

In particular Parosha was honoured with the Trafficking in Persons Hero award by the US Department of State.

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Dr Daragh Murray

Director Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law, University of Essex

Daragh Murray is a lecturer at the Human Rights Centre and the Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic. His research focuses on issues relating to the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, and non-State actors. He is currently finalizing a manuscript ‘Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups’ to be published by HART Publishing in 2016. He is a former Government of Ireland IRCHSS Research Scholar, and has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and an MSc in Computer Security & Forensics from Dublin City University.

Daragh previously worked as head of the International Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, based in the Gaza Strip. In 2011, he served as Rapporteur for an Independent Civil Society Fact-Finding Mission to Libya, which visited western Libya in November 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution. He is currently engaged in a consultancy project with Chatham House focusing on the application of international human rights law to situations of armed conflict.

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Matthew Moriarty

In-house Barrister, Luqmani Thompson & Partners

Matthew Moriarty joined Luqmani Thompson & Partners in September 2015, as an in-house barrister. He is accredited under the Law Society’s Asylum and Immigration Scheme and is delighted to be able to advise and represent  clients on a diverse range of issues and advocate for them at appeal hearings.

Matthew previously worked at the AIRE Centre for three years, where he was the barrister and legal project manager on some challenging and highly successful legal projects, including their domestic violence and human trafficking project, the Strategic Litigation Project and the EPIM Invisible Migrants Project. He was junior counsel for the AIRE Centre’s intervention before the Court of Justice of the European Union in the landmark case of Saint Prix and has also acted as junior counsel in their recent interventions before the Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He regularly represented AIRE Centre clients as counsel in complex appeal hearings and also worked on applications to the ECHR. He maintains a particular interest in the rights of victims of human trafficking.

After completing his Masters in Law at Kings College, London, Matthew volunteered for the Kurdish Human Rights Project. His other work has included spending two years as an OISC level 2 accredited Caseworker at Refugee and Migrant Justice [RMJ], representing clients in their asylum, immigration and deportation applications and appeals. Matthew was called to the Bar in 2010 and completed his pupillage at Tooks Chambers, where he worked on a range of cases, including  criminal defence and human rights.

Lisa Busch

Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Lisa has been on the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel since 2005 to date. During this period she has acted for a wide range of Government departments and other public bodies, including the Departments for Health, Education, Communities and Local Government, Justice, Transport and the Home Office, as well as HMRC, the Environment Agency, DEFRA, and the Natural Resources Body for Wales. She has equally wide-ranging experience in dealing with public law issues, both by way of advice and litigation. She also acts for claimants in these areas of law.

Where human rights are concerned, Lisa has acted in a number of the leading cases concerning Articles 3 and 8 of the ECHR in the immigration context, including ZT (Kosovo) v SSHD [2005] EWCA Civ 1421, KH (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 1354 and VW (Uganda) v SSHD EWCA Civ 5. Recently she has appeared in a number of cases concerning the removal of claimants (adults and children) suffering from life-threatening illnesses from the UK, revisiting the principles established in D v UK, and N v SSHD/N v UK. She also acted for the Appellant (led by Cherie Booth QC) in the leading case concerning Article 2 of Protocol 1 to the ECHR (right to education), namely Ali v Lord Grey School [2006] UKHL 14; and for the Respondent in an appeal by the Attorney-General of Antigua and Barbuda in a case involving the Respondent’s Constitutional right to the peaceful enjoyment of its possessions (Attorney-General v HMB Holdings Ltd [2014] UKPC 5 (led by Timothy Corner QC)).

Lisa is also experienced in dealing with immigration cases generally, including cases arising under the EEA Regulations and EU Directives, and cases involving human trafficking, victims of torture and unlawful detention cases.

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Declan O’Dempsey

Barrister, Cloisters

Declan specialises in sensitive and difficult employment, discrimination, public and regulatory law.  His practice includes all aspects of employment law including the  fiduciary duties of agents and  directors and  injunctions, trade union cases and  data protection law. He has been consistently recommended as a leading employment junior by Chambers and Partners for over 14 years.  He undertakes public access scheme work.

He was in  Homer v West Yorks Chief Constable ; the  Heyday case ; intervened for the EHRC in  Seldon in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and for Age UK in the Supreme Court and acted in  Coleman v Attridge Law. He acted for the Claimants in  Bent v Central Manchester University Hospital Trust  (concerning the correct construction of the Agenda for Change contracts of NHS staff) and intervened in  X v Mid Sussex CAB  (the scope of protection against discrimination for volunteers) in the Supreme Court.

His discrimination practice includes advising and representing in goods and services cases.  Along with Catherine Casserley, Barbara Cohen and Caroline Gooding, he wrote the EHRC’s statutory code on  Services, Public Functions and Associations .  In 2013 he has been co-writing the Age discrimination supplement to that Code for the EHRC.

He acts in administrative law cases for individuals and councils, advising on matters affecting councillors, politicians, businesses and public bodies. He has particular expertise in relation to the application of the Equality Duties and is one of a team of 4 drafting the controversial new  Public Sector Equality Duty Statutory Code  for the EHRC under the Equality Act 2010.

He advised the CRE on Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Employment (2005), and on their Formal Investigation into the Prison Service (2004).

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Tim Buley

Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Chambers 100 UK Bar (December 2013) identifies Tim as one of the leading junior barristers in the UK across all practice areas:

A specialist in public law, human rights, EU and planning and environmental law …”Able to immediately grasp the fundamentals of very complex issues and advise clearly on the key points and merits,” he “always looks for the creative angle to litigation and provides an excellent overview of the legal framework.”

The Legal 500 2013 recommends Tim in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Immigration (“collaborative and hard-working”, “standout junior”, “a very bright and creative individual”). He has been identified as a leading planning junior in Planning Magazine, and (in 2009) as one of the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Heroes for “outstanding commitment to pro bono work”. He is a member of the Attorney-General’s A-panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, and the Welsh Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission panels of counsel.

Tim’s clients include a wide range of commercial organisations, individuals, NGO’s and pressure groups (including Reprieve, Public Law Project, CPAG, Mind, JCWI, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Medical Justice and the Environmental Law Foundation), most central government departments, the Welsh Government, and a wide range of other public bodies (including local authorities, the Environment Agency, the Intellectual Property Office, the Land Registry, the Parole Board, the Marine Fisheries Agency, the Gangmaster’s Licensing Association, HMRC, and various NHS bodies). Tim appears as sole and leading counsel, including regular appearances against silks, at all levels.

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Helen Law

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Consistently ranked in the Directories and picked by Legal Week as one of the most promising juniors at the Bar, Helen has a broad criminal, civil and public law practice, with a focus on criminal justice and human rights.

Legal 500 describes Helen as “A skilled cross-examiner with the ability to construct a very persuasive legal argument.”  Chambers & Partners 2015 writes that “She is one of the most skilled juniors I’ve seen, and has a rare talent to be able to turn her hand to civil and criminal litigation with equal aplomb. … She is able to handle complex legal issues and offers excellent drafting. …  She’s extremely approachable, knowledgeable and thoroughly reliable.”

Helen prosecutes and defends in criminal matters, both on her own and as a junior. In addition to her trial work, she has been instructed in criminal cases before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. She is a Grade 2 prosecutor. Her notable cases include R v Lord Taylor (in which she appeared alone for the Crown) and R v Lord Hanningfield (where she was led by Clare Montgomery QC), in relation to House of Lords’ expenses claims, and FSA v Swallow with Matthew Ryder QC, one of The Lawyer’s Top Cases of 2012, concerning inside dealing. She regularly undertakes criminal justice related public law matters, with a particular expertise in challenges to decisions not to prosecute and the scope of the ECHR positive obligations in criminal investigations.

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Steve Broach

Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Steve practices across the broad spectrum of public law. His practice has two main focal areas. Firstly, Steve has particular interest and expertise in the rights of children (in particular disabled children) and disabled adults and others in need of services and support. Steve acts mainly for individual claimants in judicial review claims and a wide range of parties in Court of Protection proceedings. He also advises and represents a number of NGOs and public bodies. Secondly, Steve regularly acts for professionals in appeals and challenges to regulatory decision-making, particularly police disclosure decisions in the context of Enhanced Criminal Records Certificates and barring decisions under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

Steve is co-author of Children in Need: Local Authority Support for Children and Families (Legal Action Group, 2013) and Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, 2010). He wrote the chapter on the Independent Safeguarding Authority (now Disclosure and Barring Service) in Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, 2012). Steve was awarded Young Barrister of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2011.

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Graham Denholm

Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Graham is a public law specialist with a focus on immigration (including personal and business immigration), community care, and housing. He appears regularly before the Administrative Court, the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, the County Court and the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals, and in the Court of Appeal. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and has acted in cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Graham has developed a particular specialism in the law relating to immigration detention. As well as challenges to detention by way of judicial review he has extensive experience of pursuing claims for damages for false imprisonment in the High Court and the County Court. He has trained widely on detention law and bail. He is the co-author of Detention under the Immigration Acts: Law and Practice (OUP, 2015).

Graham also has experience of housing and homelessness claims, community care (in particular, age dispute challenges to local authority age assessments), and personal injury litigation.

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Michelle Knorr

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Michelle specialises in human rights and asylum cases. She is frequently instructed to represent particularly vulnerable clients including victims of torture, victims of trafficking, children and clients with physical and mental health problems.

She has successfully acted in a number of complex “war crimes unit” exclusion cases, including for clients accused of involvement in international crimes in Iraq and Rwanda.

She frequently represents clients in deportation Article 8 appeals and has a particular interest in cases relating to the best interests of children.

Michelle is currently instructed in a number of complex immigration appeals concerning EU law residence rights under the 2004 “Free Movement” Directive and derived directly from the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. She has successfully represented many EU citizens in deportation cases.

In R (Atamewan) v SSHD [2013] EWHC 2727 – Michelle was led by Phillippa Kaufmann QC in a successful challenge to the Home Office policy on historical victims of trafficking.

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Grainne Mellon

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Gráinne specialises in public and employment law. She has a particular expertise in human rights and discrimination and is a member of the Preferred Panel of Counsel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Gráinne was called to both the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013. She is able to accept instructions from members of the public on a direct access basis.

Gráinne provides advice and representation in judicial review and human rights challenges arising in a range of areas including education, immigration and asylum (including detention), community care and claims arising out of the criminal justice system. She has expertise in the full spectrum of Court of Protection work and regularly represents family members, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in fact-finding and best interests hearings.

In education law, Gráinne is instructed in both schools and children cases and in higher education cases. She has a particular expertise in disability discrimination aspects of these claims. She is instructed in special educational needs (SEN) appeals and represents parents, schools and local authorities in exclusion and admission cases. Gráinne also represents students in further and higher education matters including in internal disciplinary hearings, fitness-to-practise matters and in respect of appeals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (“OIA”).

In immigration, Gráinne is regularly instructed in First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal on the full range of asylum, deportation, detention, family reunion and Article 8 appeals.

The Right Honourable Dominic Grieve QC MP

Member of Parliament, Beaconsfield

Due to his recent appointment as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee on the 15th August and corresponding work pressures of the position, Dominic Grieve QC MP will not be available to join our conference as a speaker.

Dominic wishes to pass on his sincere apologies to the delegates for not being able to attend.

Ben Emmerson QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Ben Emmerson QC is to due to appear before the UN General Assembly in New York and no longer able to attend this conference.