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Monckton Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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Monckton Chambers is notable for its ability to act at the intersection between commercial litigation and human rights. The set also maintains a broader human rights and civil liberties practice, with members acting in discrimination, police law and privacy-related cases. Monckton barristers appear before all levels of domestic court, as well as high-level international courts. Recently appeared in a Court of Appeal challenge to the SSIT's decision to grant export licences to arms destined for Saudi Arabia, representing the first interveners.

Client service:

"The clerks are helpful and responsive." David Hockney is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Azeem Suterwalla
A respected practitioner with a broad human rights practice, known for his expertise in the rights of children, education and social housing. He also demonstrates particular insight into the needs of vulnerable adults and matters concerning state retention of information. He is regularly instructed in major human rights cases at all levels of UK court as well as at the ECtHR and CJEU.
"He's very clever, well organised and good on paper."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Lasham Gliding Society) v The Civil Aviation Authority, a challenge against the decision to change airspace around Farnborough Airport. The challenge included a novel point of law, namely whether by changing the airspace this breached Lasham’s rights under Article 1, Protocol 1.

Strengths:

Conor McCarthy
A junior with a strong human rights and civil liberties practice, known for his involvement in surveillance matters. He draws on his prior experience working at the ECtHR and for the UN, focusing his practice on judicial review claims and public international law. His extensive client base includes NGOs, public bodies and individual claimants.
"He really understands the area well."
Recent work: Acted for the intervening Information Commissioner in Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department, concerning the scope and effect of the General Data Protection Regulation /Data Protection Act 1998.

Strengths:

Eric Metcalfe
A highly commended human rights practitioner who is a familiar face in the Supreme Court. He regularly handles high-profile, sensitive cases concerning national security and immigration matters. He frequently represents government departments,regulatory authorities and NGOs. He also has experience acting for coalition groups and has intervened at the ECtHR in support of the right to freedom of expression worldwide.
"He's a brilliant lawyer and very thoughtful." "He is very knowledgeable of public and international human rights law."
Recent work: Acted for the intervening Information Commissioner in R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police & Others [2019], wherein the claimant argued the police’s use of automatic facial recognition was a breach of his rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 and Article 8.

Strengths:

Gerry Facenna QC
He is a highly commended silk noted for his abilities in public law and data protection with significant human rights and civil liberties implications. He is particularly expert in privacy rights matters.
"Gerry is an excellent silk."
Recent work: Continued to act for a large number of claimants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, specifically in relation to concerns around privacy and data protection.

Strengths:

Nikolaus Grubeck
A notable civil liberties and human rights junior who has a significant practice at all levels of UK court and the ECtHR. He represents NGOs and individuals as well as the government in a range of matters, with a particular specialism in national security. He is known for his expertise in data protection, especially when it comes to new developments in the area.
"Academic, thorough in his legal arguments and very good at drafting."
Recent work:Acted on behalf of the first interveners in R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Rights Watch (UK) intervening) [2019], a challenge to the decision by the Secretary of State for International Trade to continue to grant licences for the export of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Strengths:

Piers Gardner  
Highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of EU law and particularly the ECHR, having previously worked at the European Commission of Human Rights. He advises throughout the UK and Europe on data and property protection, jurisdictional issues and extradition matters. He also has experience acting on behalf of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
"An ECtHR specialist, he's also good on paper and carries cases through."


Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

Monckton Chambers

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1 & 2 Raymond Buildings

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5NR

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Gerry Facenna QC
Band 4

Juniors

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Azeem Suterwalla
Band 4
Conor McCarthy
Band 4
Eric Metcalfe
Band 3
Nikolaus Grubeck
Band 4
Piers Gardner
Band 3