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1 Crown Office Row

Administrative & Public Law

3 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Best known in this area for its barristers' deft handling of cases with national security elements, in the role of special advocate. This work sees them acting in prominent judicial reviews involving immigration law, criminal justice and counter-extremism. The set also possesses considerable public law expertise in various issues outside this niche, including healthcare provision and regulation, prisoners' rights, and the conduct of public inquiries. Members tend to act for the government in these cases.

Client service:

"Always very responsive, accommodating and helpful." "They're very efficient and friendly, and I've never had any problems." Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Angus McCullough QC
Skilled advocate who focuses on the overlap between administrative, human rights and immigration law. In his role as special advocate, he handles sensitive litigation involving questions of national security. He is frequently involved in disputes concerning the deprivation of nationality, and control orders. 
"The best lawyer I've ever seen. He is super bright, really calm and cool under pressure - nothing fazes him and he always chooses the right course." "He handles the most difficult and important national security cases, and is the most effective at ensuring they are conducted fairly and properly."
Recent work: Acted as special advocate in R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade, a challenge to a policy allowing the sale of British arms to Saudi Arabia.

Strengths:

Philip Havers QC
Instructed by claimants and defendants in contentious and non-contentious public law matters. He is particularly adept at defending NHS bodies in challenges against changes to service provision. Other recent matters include cases concerning prison law.
"Diligent, knowledgeable, hard-working and a pleasure to instruct."
Recent work: Acted for Florica Alina Dulgheriu in her challenge to Ealing LBC's decision to ban her Christian group from protesting outside an abortion clinic.

Strengths:

Shaheen Rahman QC
Highly praised for her skill as a special advocate, particularly when acting in the interests of claimants in national security cases involving allegations of unlawful detention, torture or rendition. Her wider public practice includes bringing and defending high-profile judicial review proceedings against healthcare institutions.
"Seamlessly switches from being very calm and reassuring with clients to extremely powerful in court. She is a brilliant and extremely committed advocate." "She has the tactical skill and strategic ability to work in a very difficult system and maintain everyone's trust."

Administrative & Public Law Department

1 Crown Office Row

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Temple

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Angus McCullough QC
Band 1
Philip Havers QC
Band 2
Shaheen Rahman QC
Band 3