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Richard is a highly-respected public law barrister who is sought after by claimants and defendants alike. His expertise includes constitutional law, human rights, national security, financial services, prison law, immigration and freedom of information. Recent cases include:
-challenges to police use of facial recognition technology;
-claims concerning intelligence services’ use of bulk personal and communications data and computer hacking;
-a freedom of information appeal about Julian Assange and the Ecuadorean Embassy;
-a challenge to the MOD’s refusal of permission to raise artefacts from an 18th-century naval vessel wrecked in the English Channel;
-defending challenges to the General Anti-Abuse Rule Advisory Panel’s opinion notices about alleged tax avoidance schemes.
European Court of Human Rights:
-representing the UK in an application concerning computer hacking by GCHQ;
-acting for an NGO intervening in an application regarding the blanket ban on Wikipedia in Turkey;
-challenging the removal of the automatic right to an oral permission hearing in the Court of Appeal.
UN Human Rights Committee:
-representing a Kazakh NGO in its application about Kazakh freedom of information laws.
Richard is a member of the Attorney-General’s A-Panel of Approved Counsel.