Jason Coppel QC
Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)
Increasingly sought out in high-profile judicial reviews on behalf of claimants and respondents, including NGOs and central and local government bodies. He is particularly strong in challenges involving public procurement, human rights and data protection.
Strengths: "Extremely good on technical arguments, and excellent at identifying and homing in on the one or two points that will win a case. The court takes him very seriously."
Recent work: Represented the Department for Transport in an appeal concerning the availability of public law remedies in a challenge to rail franchise competitions.
Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)
Tackles a broad array of cutting-edge human rights work, both in the British courts and in the ECtHR. Operating as a member of the Attorney General's A Panel, he is regularly called upon to represent various departments of the central UK government. He also represents NGOs and individuals in challenges to amendments of the Ministerial Code and in issues of jurisdiction, construction and human rights law relating to NHS contracts.
Strengths: "He's very clever and knows the law extremely well."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in R (MP) v Secretary of State for Health, representing the claimant in challenging regulations extending the charging of fees for NHS treatment.
Local Government - London (Bar)
Highly regarded practitioner with noted local government expertise. He handles this work as part of his broader practice, which encompasses areas such as public procurement and human rights. He acts both for and against local authorities in a range of local government issues such as housing and PFI waste contracts. He also regularly advises on contracting decisions.
Strengths: "He really fights his client's corner." "He's extremely bright, strategic and user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented the claimant local authority in R (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) v Secretary of State for the Environment, a challenge concerning the withdrawal of £150 million of funding guarantees after the termination of a PFI waste contract.
Public Procurement - London (Bar)
Widely respected silk with impressive experience of representing public bodies as well as claimants in high-stakes procurement challenges. He acts for clients in matters in the health and transport sectors.
Strengths: "Provides fantastically clear and practical advice, and is a compelling advocate." "He's hardworking and technically outstanding."
Recent work: Instructed by CAF, an interested party, in a challenge to its being shortlisted by HS2 for a train manufacture contract.
European Law - London (Bar)
Frequently acts for ministerial departments, regulators or other public authorities in cases that raise important EU law arguments. He further stands out for his work in cases referred to the CJEU for a ruling on employment rights, sex discrimination or the interpretation of EU food regulations, as well as work considering the constitutional impact of Brexit.
Strengths: "He is an extremely powerful and effective advocate and is genuinely respected by the judiciary."
Recent work: Represented the Food Standards Agency in matters before the CJEU and the UK Supreme Court, relating to its actions to enforce EU rules on meat production.
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Jason is a specialist in public law, public procurement, EU law, information and human rights law, including judicial review, social security, pensions, data protection and freedom of information. Recent notable cases include Re NIHRC (SC, challenge to Northern Ireland abortion law); JT v FTT (CA, same roof rule under criminal injuries compensation scheme); Miler v SoS for Exiting the EU (SC, Brexit challenge to exercise of Article 50 TEU); Hinsull v Dorset CCG (reorganisation of acute hospital provision); Hampshire v PPF (CJEU, cap on PPF compensation); A&B v SoS for Health (SC, payment for abortion by Northern Ireland residents); McLean v First SoS (challenge to Conservative Party Agreement with DUP); SRCL v NHS England (acceptance of abnormally low tender); Edenred v HM Treasury (SC, variation of public services contract); Law Centre Network v Lord Chancellor (JR challenge to procurement of housing advice contracts); Chester v Lord President (SC: EU and ECHR challenge to ban on voting by convicted prisoners); Bombardier, Hitachi and Alstom v Transport for London (TCC, lifting of automatic suspension in procurement cases); Newby v Food Standards Agency (enforcement of EU food legislation). He is a Deputy High Court Judge and a member of the Northern Ireland Bar.