Landmark Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

London (Bar)
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Landmark Chambers is held in high regard for housing a "good range of junior and senior counsel skilled in environmental, public and human rights matters."Barristers at the set have played a crucial role in many significant human rights cases, including the recent constitutional challenge to the law criminalising homosexuality in Trinidad and Tobago. NGOs, charities and government bodies, as well as individual claimants all benefit from the expertise on offer at Landmark.

Client service: "The clerking at landmark is really efficient." Jay Fullilove is the chief clerk.

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.
Strengths: "A perfectly safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Instructed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a challenge to the legality of the prohibition on abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and serious fetal abnormality.

Graham Denholm
Particularly well known for his sterling work in the field of immigration, he routinely undertakes complex deportation and asylum cases, and has specialist expertise in immigration detention. He frequently brings civil actions and judicial reviews against the Home Office, often involving complex false imprisonment claims.
Strengths: "Level-headed, careful and thorough; he's one of the most knowledgeable counsel around in respect of immigration detention, particularly around foreign international offenders." "Graham is fantastic. He wrote the practitioners' textbook on immigration detention and there's very little he doesn't know about the field."

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.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands." "Fantastically knowledgeable."
Recent work: Defended five judicial reviews brought against the Airports National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008.

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.
Strengths: "Richard is an eminent silk of long standing who has done absolutely fantastic human rights work over the course of his career. The cases he does are all extremely important." "He knows the law inside out and he's very effective." "He's the doyen of social security law and trusted by the judges in that area; nobody knows more about the subject."
Recent work: Acted in Jones v AG of Trinidad and Tobago, a successful constitutional challenge to the Sexual Offences Act in Trinidad.

Stephen Knafler QC
A well-known silk with a wealth of expertise in areas such as community care, immigration, mental health and detention. He frequently handles claims against the Home Department, addressing issues of deportation and national security. He makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court, the ECtHR and the CJEU.
Strengths: "He's extremely helpful, approachable and professional." "He has a very good advocacy style and a real sense of how cases can be presented, which is exactly what you want from a leader."
Recent work: Acted in R (DN) (Rwanda) v SSHD, a case considering when it is lawful for the SSHD to detain persons subject to control.

Tim Buley QC
A leading junior 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.
Strengths: "He is absolutely excellent in the field of civil liberties and human rights both in terms of his drafting and his advocacy. He is second-to-none for immigration detention cases involving mentally ill detainees." "He has an uncanny knack of being able to put his finger on the answer. He has a very swift and sure judgement of the key points in a case and how to approach them in litigation."
Recent work: Acted for two claimants and their children in R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a high-profile challenge to the Revised Benefit Cap.