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Landmark Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

4 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Skilled at representing both defendants and claimants, Landmark Chambers' tenants frequently appear in human rights cases pertaining to healthcare, immigration and asylum, voting rights, prisoners' rights and torture. Members have appeared in both international and national courts, and recently acted in R (on the application of DA) v SSWP, an appeal to the UKSC concerning the second version of the benefits cap, raising Article 14 issues.

Client service:

Ben Connor and Mark Ball are the practice directors.

Strengths:

David Blundell QC
He is a dynamic new silk who has expertise across a broad range of civil liberties and public international matters, including issues of national security. He regularly represents claimants as well as defendants and interested parties before all domestic courts as well as the ECtHR.
"He's excellent with clients and his research is fantastic."
Recent work: Acted in In the matter of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, a challenge to the legality of the prohibition on abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and serious fetal abnormality.

Strengths:

James Maurici QC
A highly experienced civil liberties and human rights silk who is regularly called on to appear in ground-breaking, high-profile cases. His very busy practice sees him regularly appearing before domestic, European and international courts.
"A longstanding name in the field."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in Natural England v Warren Appeal, the second time that the Upper Tribunal has considered a stop notice served under Schedule 3 of the Environmental Civil Sanctions (England) Order 2010. Issues were also raised in relation to Article 1, Protocol 1.

Strengths:

Richard Drabble QC
A highly knowledgeable practitioner with vast experience of appearing before all levels of UK courts and European judicial authorities. He is particularly well known for his appellate work and deep knowledge of international law. His recent experience spans immigration deportation matters and issues of torture at the hands of foreign governments.
"A phenomenal silk."
Recent work:Appeared in the Supreme Court for the claimant in RR v SSWP, concerning the remedies available for a breach of ECHR in connection with the bedroom tax.

Strengths:

Tim Buley QC
A highly capable silk in the human rights and civil liberties field who operates at every level of domestic court, with a particular focus on appellate work and judicial reviews. He frequently appears on behalf of central and local government, individuals and pressure groups. His human rights practice encompasses prisoner rights, social welfare and immigration.
"He's extremely clear and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in R (Andrews) v Minister for the Cabinet Office [2019], a challenge to the polling arrangements for blind voters.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

Landmark Chambers

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180 Fleet Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC4A 2HG

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


David Blundell QC
Band 4
James Maurici QC
Band 3
Richard Drabble QC
Band 1
Tim Buley QC
Band 4