Religious liberty, ecclesiastical law, public law, costs, ADR.
Specialist in ecclesiastical law, religious liberty, judicial review and costs. Broad common law practice with emphasis, since taking silk in 2009, on litigation concerning faith communities, Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, and Baha’i. Caseload includes clergy discipline, education law, charities, trusts, and safeguarding. Leading expert in the faculty jurisdiction regularly appearing in consistory courts and the Court of Arches.
Lecturer at the Open University, School of Law; and Associate Professor at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University; King’s College, London; Pretoria University; and Notre Dame University, Sydney; Distinguished Fellow at Emory University, Atlanta; and Ecumenical Fellow in Canon Law at the Venerable English College in Rome. Consultant editor of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, and member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Journal for Law and Religion.
Recorder on the Midland Circuit (Crime, Civil and Family); Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber); Chancellor of Anglican Dioceses of Chichester, Leeds and Europe. Bencher of the Inner Temple.
Cases: Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (Abortion) (2018) Supreme Court; Re Christ Church Spitalfields (Court of Arches, 2015); Shergill v Khaira (2014) Supreme Court; President of Methodist Conference v Preston (2013) Supreme Court; Eweida v UK (2013) ECtHR; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v UK (2011) ECtHR; Holliday v Musa (2010), Court of Appeal; R (HM Coroner for Eastern London) v Secretary of State for Justice (2009) Admin Ct; R (Madden and Finucane) v Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2006) Admin Ct; PCC of Aston Cantlow v Wallbank (2004) House of Lords.
Co-author of amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court in various appeals including Masterpiece Cakeshop (2018), and Burwell v Hobby Lobby (2014).
Regular lecturing overseas on the rule of law and religious liberty in projects organised by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, including training for judges and lawyers in Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Ukraine. Installed in August 2019 as Chief Bameto of Erinmo Land in recognition of services to freedom of religion in Nigeria.
Chairman, Ecclesiastical Law Society; Vice-President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies; Former President, European Consortium for Church and State Research; Member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England, and member of the Steering Committee of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies.
Ecclesiastical Law (4th ed, 2018); and Christianity and Criminal Law (2020); Religion, Law and Security in Africa (2018); Great Christian Jurists in English History (2017); Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law (2015); Religion and Discrimination Law in the European Union (2012); Religion and Law in the United Kingdom (2nd ed, 2014); Religious Liberty and Human Rights' (2002); Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law (3rd ed, 2010) and Butterworths Costs Service (looseleaf). In preparation: Routledge Handbook of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religion and Law in the United Kingdom (3rd ed,)
Over 100 articles or chapters in edited books. Delivered the Sherwood Lectures in Melbourne and Sydney (2019) and the Bekynton Lecture (2019).