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1 Crown Office Row

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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1 Crown Office Row's tenants are highly regarded for their work in closed proceedings as Special Advocates, regularly representing the government in terrorism and national security cases. Members also offer human rights expertise in immigration, asylum and healthcare related matters and are equally adept acting for claimants as defendants. Recent matters include acting as Special Advocate for Shamima Begum in her challenge to the withdrawal of British citizenship, and Dulgheriu v London Borough of Ealing Council, concerning whether Ealing had the power to prevent Christian protesters outside an abortion clinic.

Client service:

"The clerks are professional and reliable." Matthew Phipps leads the clerking team.

Strengths:

Alasdair Henderson
Alasdair Henderson has a wide-ranging human rights practice in which he acts for both claimants and government as a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel. He regularly acts in judicial reviews involving issues such as asylum and immigration, social security, healthcare and prisons.
"Alasdair is very well organised, super bright and he had his arguments lined up.""No matter how difficult the case is, he has a clear idea of what he thinks and he will give you the answers you need."
Recent work: Acted in the case of Dulgheriu, a challenge to the UK’s first ever ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic banning protest activity related to abortion. The case raised issues of compatibility with Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the ECHR.

Strengths:

Angus McCullough QC
Angus McCullough QC is an esteemed human rights lawyer who centres much of his practice on appearing as a special advocate in closed proceedings in national security cases that engage human rights. He demonstrates considerable expertise in major inquests, including those concerning clinical negligence and patients who lack capacity.
"Angus McCullough is the leading special advocate." "He is very precise in his preparation, but very charming and persuasive in his advocacy."
Recent work: Acted as a Special Advocate in Arumuganam and Others v Home Secretary, a successful appeal concerning the refusal to de-proscribe the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organisation.

Strengths:

Jeremy Hyam QC
Jeremy Hyam QC is a well-known silk offering a wealth of experience in the civil liberties and human rights sphere. His broad-based expertise encompasses areas such as health, environment and professional discipline, while he has a particularly well-established reputation in the field of administrative and public law.
"Jeremy has an amazing intellect and is highly respected by the judiciary."

Strengths:

Natasha Barnes
Natasha Barnes advises on a range of civil liberties and human rights matters, including those relating to national security, prison conditions and extra-judicial killings. She is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel and is frequently instructed by governmental departments.
"Natasha Barnes is brilliant. I would recommend her very highly."

Strengths:

Philip Havers QC
Philip Havers QC is an esteemed silk with a diverse and wide-ranging portfolio of human rights and civil liberties work. He is highly respected for his approach to sensitive cases concerning matters such as mental health, assisted suicide and complex aspects of clinical negligence.
"He is a really lovely advocate. He is very methodical and careful in his preparation."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Dolan v Secretary of State for Health, a challenge to the legality of the coronavirus lockdown regulations.

Strengths:

Shaheen Rahman QC
Shaheen Rahman QC is a highly recommended civil liberties and human rights silk who is noted for her innovative approach. Her practice includes instructions in high-profile judicial reviews and civil claims related to healthcare. She is also highly thought of for her work as a Special Advocate where she has acted in TPIM, naturalisation and removal of passport cases.
"Shaheen Rahman QC is an extremely experienced special advocate. She is very skilled in national security cases." "She is very responsive, which is very helpful, and she also understands national security issues."

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

1 Crown Office Row

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Angus McCullough QC
Band 1
Jeremy Hyam QC
Band 4
Philip Havers QC
Band 3
Shaheen Rahman QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Alasdair Henderson
Band 4
Natasha Barnes
Band 4