1 Crown Office Row

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

London (Bar)
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Members of 1 Crown Office Row regularly receive instruction in sophisticated immigration, terrorism and healthcare-related human rights cases in domestic and international courts. Its barristers are frequently counsel of choice for the Government in national security disputes. A number of 1COR barristers act as Special Advocates in highly sensitive closed proceedings. Solicitors commend the set's "really strong team of excellent counsel." CN & GN v Poole District Council, wherein the Supreme Court considered whether local authorities owe a common law duty of care to protect vulnerable children living within their communities, represents a recent instruction.

Client service: "The clerks are straightforward, helpful and friendly. You can talk to them about anything, they're perfectly sensible." Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk.

Angus McCullough QC
An esteemed human rights lawyer who centres much of his work on environment and health-related matters and demonstrates considerable expertise in major inquests. He is noted for his deft handling of cases concerning deportation and forced marriage. He is often involved in issues concerning clinical negligence and patients who lack capacity.
Strengths: "Angus is very impressive, he's probably the most experienced Special Advocate at the Bar. He does a very good job of managing to be extremely nice and absolutely ruthless." "He's exceptional because he is both empathetic and clinical, which judges like." "Angus is a renowned Special Advocate."
Recent work: Acted as Special Advocate in R (Campaign Against the Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade, a judicial review claim concerning the Secretary of State for International Trade's decisions not to suspend export licences for the sale of UK-produced arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, and to continue to grant new licences.

Jeremy Hyam QC
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.
Strengths: "He's highly intelligent; thinks outside the box."

Philip Havers QC
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.
Strengths: "He's incredibly experienced, offers wise advice and his judgement is always spot on. He's particularly good on right to die cases involving complex moral issues." "He's extremely well informed and he has the great, pragmatic gift of arguing the good points and abandoning the bad."
Recent work: Acted in Chief Justice of Trinidad & Tobago v Law Bar Association, a challenge by the Chief Justice to an investigation by the Law Bar Association into allegations of misconduct by the Chief Justice.

Shaheen Rahman QC
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.
Strengths: "Hugely confident, very strategic, inspiring and extremely good with clients." "A terrific advocate."