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Human Rights

David has very considerable experience in civil liberties and human rights work. He has represented claimants, public authorities and interested parties in cases involving cutting edge human rights issues in courts at all levels, both domestically and in the European Court of Human Rights.

David is recommended as a leading junior in Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500, which describes him as having “in-depth knowledge of the law and first-class drafting skills."

Amongst the most significant recent cases in which David has appeared are the following:

  • In the matter of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission [2015] NIQB 96 - represented the Commission in its successful challenge to the legality of the prohibition on abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and serious foetal abnormality (led by Nathalie Lieven QC).

  • R (XH) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2932 (Admin) and other cases – represents the Secretary of State in leading case on the use of the Royal Prerogative to cancel passports of terrorist suspects, and one of the first challenges to the use of closed material procedures in national security proceedings (led by James Eadie QC and Tim Eicke QC).

  • DIL and others v. Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis – counsel to the Metropolitan Police in claims concerning alleged relationships with undercover officers (led by Jonathan Hall QC).

  • R (Cotton) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions[2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin), [2015] ACD 20 – represented the Claimants in challenge to the legality of the bedroom tax (led by Nathalie Lieven QC).

  • Chaudhry v. United Kingdom, application no. 17489/12sole counsel for the United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights, challenge to the compatibility of domestic immigration appeal rights with Article 13.

Significant on-going cases in which David is involved include:

  • R (Project 17) v. Lewisham LBC – counsel to the Claimant in challenge to the legality of Lewisham LBC’s policy on the provision of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (led by Nathalie Lieven QC).

  • R (Dan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department – challenge to the legality of the Government’s flagship regime of “deport first, appeal later” regime under reg. 24AA of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006). The case involves a comparison of the application of the proportionality principle under the ECHR with the same principle under EU law.

  • R (Galdikas) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – challenge to the application of the “genuine prospect of work test” to victims of trafficking.

  • Abdul v. Secretary of State for the Home Department – leading case on Article 24(2) of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Article 8(2) in the context of deportation and family splits.

David has lectured both in this country and abroad on a broad range of human rights issues, including fair trial rights, the right to liberty, human trafficking and terrorism. With Lord Slynn of Hadley, he lectured the judiciary in the Czech Republic and Zambia. He has delivered ECHR training on behalf of the Council of Europe to the judiciary in Turkey and Albania. He has delivered extensive training sessions to local authorities in the UK as a consultant trainer with the British Institute of Human Rights.