Article 3 Systems Duty - Brook House Inquiry Seminar
Alex Goodman KC
Alex acts for any client: developers, individuals, local authorities, central government, NGOs. He is particularly known for public interest litigation. His broad practice includes: planning, environment, public law, public Interest litigation, human rights and civil liberties, immigration, discrimination and equality, Local Government, climate change, habitats and public inquiries.
Alex wrote the Atkins Court Forms edition on Common Land and Village Greens. Alex helped set up Medical Justice, a charity working with immigration detainees (of which he was chair for five years) and a human rights NGO Kindred which he helped establish initially to organise advice to migrants in Northern France during a career break 2015-2018. Alex is a former councillor at the London Borough of Camden.
As a fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Alex has worked on the constitutions of Myanmar, Palestine and The Gambia. He is currently instructed on climate change cases in South America and East Africa.
Alex practices in the full spectrum of planning work, with particular expertise in matters related to housing, green belt, open space, listed buildings, energy (wind, coal, gas fracking), waste, incinerators, new roads, CIL, hotels, schools, mobile phone masts, protected species and cemeteries.
Alex works on inquiries and in the Lands Tribunal on compulsory purchase and compensation matters. He often advises on section 106 agreements and CIL issues and has extensive experience in Green Belt developments and heritage matters. Alex has a particular interest in Infrastructure projects including NSIPs.
Recent highlights include:
Alex has worked on several cases concerning Development Consent orders. Highlights include successfully resisting the Brig y Cwm Incinerator. He recently acted in a successful challenge to the National Policy Statements.
Alex has appeared in numerous development plan examinations. He is involved in a forthcoming judicial review of the Examining Inspector’s recommendation not to adopt West Oxfordshire‘s Salt Cross Garden Village Area Action Plan.
Alex recently succeeded in a judicial review on behalf of the Good Law Project compelling revision of the Energy National Policy Statements. He often works on energy projects including energy from waste, gas, wind and other renewables.
Alex has extensive experience, particularly of EIA, Habitats and water quality. In recent years he has worked on a range of cases about river pollution, most recently in the Court of Appeal in R (Sahota) v Herefordshire concerning agricultural pollution of the river Wye.
Alex is currently involved in the ongoing challenge to the Bibby Stockholm.
Alex has acted on a number of minerals plans, including Lancashire and Kent.
Alex has advised and acted on a range of neighbourhood planning issues, including around the Ashdown Forest.
Alex recently acted for a developer accused of offences related to felling protected trees.
Alex has extensive experience of enforcement and injunctions. He is currently engaged in litigation concerning enforcement against allegedly unauthorised development by the Crown for housing asylum seekers in camps and on barges.
Alex is well-known for statutory reviews and judicial review and has appeared in hundreds of such cases.
Alex is an experienced barrister who specialises in agricultural law, public sector and local government property issues, and village greens, commons and manorial rights. He has experience in nuisance matters and Alex's experience in environmental law, human rights and public law makes him well-placed to act in protestor injunction cases.
Alex was described in the Legal 500 directory guide as "'An excellent advocate who knows how to win cases. He has very sound judgement, extensive knowledge and is very good at managing judges". He was described in the Chambers and Partners directory guide as "...a highly effective leading counsel who has the ear of the court." and "...brilliant on his feet and incredible in terms of drafting.".
Alex has particular expertise on local authority disposal of land, having recently appeared for the successful appellant in the Supreme Court in R (Day) v Shropshire.
Alex wrote a volume of Atkins Court Forms on Village Greens and Commons and often acts in relation to such matters. He recently succeeded in the Supreme Court in R (Day) v Shropshire on a case closely related to village greens.
Alex’s environmental practice encompasses EIA, Habitats, nitrates, water pollution, waste, energy, protected species, and climate change. He works for all parties, with particular experience of acting for NGOs and pressure groups.
Recent work includes numerous cases on pollution to river and coastal waters such as R (Sahota) v Herefordshire , one of several Habitats challenges to agricultural development on the river Wye. He acted for Vince, Monbiot, and Good Law Project in a claim for judicial review compelling the Secretary of State to review the Energy National Policy Statements. He is acting in climate litigation about methane flaring against the government of Guyana and Exxon. He is working for an Amicus in a constitutional case about deforestation in Uganda. he has written several papers on international comparative law of climate change.
Alex often brings Aarhus Convention claims and has frequently engaged in litigation on issues around it.
Alex recently acted for a residents’ group, securing road closures on air quality grounds. He is familiar with air quality issues in a range of planning matters.
Alex has a particular interest in Climate Change litigation. He acted recently for the Good Law Project in its judicial review compelling revision of the National Policy Statements. He has worked on major climate cases in Guyana and Uganda.
Alex is particularly interested in ecology. He has had a recent run of six cases about river pollution. Notably R (Sahota) v Herefordshire in the Court of Appeal.
Alex recently succeeded in a judicial review on behalf of the Good Law Project compelling revision of the Energy National Policy Statements. He often works on energy projects.
Alex has extensive experience, particularly of EIA matters.
Alex has extensive experience of Habitats matters. In recent years he has worked on a range of cases about river pollution, most recently in the Court of Appeal in R (Sahota) v Herefordshire concerning agricultural pollution of the river Wye.
Alex has experience in nuisance matters.
Much of Alex’s environmental work has been for NGOs and campaign groups around the protection of the countryside. He is currently instructed by the Campaign for Rural England on a range of cases about protecting open space. He has also recently worked on numerous cases about agricultural pollution.
Alex has extensive experience of cases related to water. In recent years he has worked on a range of cases about river pollution, most recently in the Court of Appeal in R (Sahota) v Herefordshire concerning agricultural pollution of the river Wye.
Alex has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of public law, human rights, and civil liberties. His work often relates to civil and human rights of immigrants and minorities; to social security; and discrimination. He has acted in some of the most significant test cases over the past few years.
He was awarded “Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year” for his work as sole or leading counsel in a series of successful challenges to the “No Recourse to Public Funds” policy including in:
In Bah and Others v The Home Office Alex acts in over 100 successful claims for damages against the Home Office for violations of Art.3 ECHR in the administration of the NRPF scheme (Home Office appeal outstanding).
In R (DMA and Others) v SSHD  2 W.L.R. 2374 (lead counsel), Robin Knowles J held that the Home Office is in breach of its duties under Article 3 ECHR and common law “law of humanity” in respect of failures int the system for accommodating destitute asylum seekers.
Following R (MA and BB) v SSHD (EHRC intervening)  EWHC 1523 (Admin) (failure to investigate arguable inhuman and degrading treatment) at Brook House detention centre: BBC report here, Alex has been acting for core participants on the resulting Inquiries Act 2005 Brook House Inquiry into the abuse in immigration detention in which a report is expected in early 2023. Media reports here.
Alex’s practice is predominantly in public law, within that, he works within the more specific fields of social security, immigration; environment; planning. Examples of notable work include:
Alex has an extensive practice in human rights and civil liberties acting mainly for NGOs (e.g. Women for Refugee Women) and for legally aided individuals.
Alex has acted in dozens of cases challenging the Home Office scheme of “no recourse to public funds” on grounds of incompatibility with article 3 ECHR, fundamental common law rights, and s.55 duties to children:
Alex has led dozens of recent cases on asylum support:
Alex’s clients include many vulnerable and marginalised people including trafficking victims:
Alex is an expert on the right to liberty, particularly for immigration detainees (see Alex's immigration tab).
Alex Goodman KC has acted in many leading cases on immigration law, particularly in strategic litigation challenging government policies. His work encompasses refugee law, trafficking, deportation, detention, human rights, asylum support, benefits, rights to work, nationality and private immigration.
In Antonio , Antonio , and Antonio  Alex acted twice in the Court of Appeal and currently in the ECtHR in cases concerning the lawfulness of deportation order and detention of a stateless man.
Alex was adviser to the production of The Real Mo Farah in relation to the complex issues around trafficking and immigration law. A link to the documentary may be found here.
Alex has worked extensively on the constitutions of Myanmar, Palestine, and The Gambia and on environmental cases in Uganda and Guyana.
Alex specialises in all aspects of local government law, including some niches such as elections, village greens, information law and footpaths. He was author of the Atkins Court Forms on Village Greens and Common Land.
Alex’s work in local government (other than planning environment) encompasses a wide range of matters including footpaths and highways such as Owen v Devon CC  EWHC 4895; village greens (e.g. R (SDR) v Bristol City Council  EWHC 859; welfare beneﬁts (see above); Information rights R (Perry) v LB Hackney  JPL 454; and election law.
Rex (Day) v Shropshire  2 W.L.R. 599 (SC) the decision of this case is of major importance to local authorities and their approach to selling off land that has been protected by means of a statutory trust over open space. Alex appeared as the lead counsel for the successful Appellant in the Supreme Court (watch here). Read the article in The Planner. Report in The Guardian.
Alex recently acted for the successful Appellant in the Supreme Court in R (Day) v SSHD, a judicial review concerning disposal of open space.
Following R (MA and BB) v SSHD (failure to investigate arguable inhuman and degrading treatment) at Brook House detention centre): Alex Goodman has been acting for multiple core participants on the resulting Inquiries Act 2005 Brook House Inquiry into the abuse in immigration detention over a period of six years. This involved two judicial reviews and a lengthy statutory inquiry. Media reports here and here.
Alex has a particular interest in social security. His current practice mainly involves migrant rights within this area, but he accepts instructions on all aspects of social security law.
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Alex Goodman KC’s practice engages with a diverse range of local government law, including niches such as disposal of land, elections, village greens, information law and footpaths. He was author of the Atkins Court Forms on Village Greens and Common Land. R (Day) v Shropshire  in the Supreme Court being the most notable recent example of his work.
An absolute star. He is brilliant on his feet, and incredible in terms of his drafting and strategic eye. One of the best barristers in the field."
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Alex was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award at the 2021 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year. The Brook House Inquiry, which Alex had a significant involvement in, was awarded as ‘Highly Commended’ for the Halsbury Rule of Law Award at the LexisNexis UK 2023 Awards.
Alex has been a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘A’ panel since May 2019.
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