Alex Goodman

Call: 2003
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Practice Summary

Alex is an established leading junior in Administrative and Public law. The focus of his practice is on judicial review in the fields of planning, environment, local government, immigration and human rights.

His practice encompasses all aspects of human rights and local government work including election law, village greens and highways, as well as public international law.

Planning and Environment

Alex practices in all areas of planning and environmental law and regularly appears at planning inquiries. He specialises in particular in judicial review and statutory challenges in the High Court (acting for all parties). Notable recent cases include

  • R (Perry) v LB Hackney [2014] EWCA 1372 and R (Perry) v LB Hackney [2014] EWHC 1721 – challenge to planning permission for supermarket and residential development on heritage; information; and environmental impact assessment grounds (junior counsel for Claimant).
  • R (Ellaway) v Cardiff City Council [2014] EWHC 836 – challenge to permission for a waste incinerator based upon the compatibility of exceptions to the Whitley principle and retrospective consent with the EIA Directive (sole counsel for Claimant)
  • R (Westminster) v SSCLG [2014] EWHC 1248 (Admin) – Westminster’s section 289 appeal against Inspector’s decision to allow appeal against enforcement notice against a hotel was dismissed (Alex acted as sole counsel for the Interested Party having previously acted in their appeal before an Inspector)
  • R (Mevagissey Parish Council) v Cornwall CC: High Court [2013] EWHC 3684 – planning permission for residential development in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty quashed on basis of failure to correctly apply policy(sole counsel for Claimant)
  • R (Burridge) v Breckland District Council and Greenshoots Energy Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 228; [2013] J.P.L. 1308 – Interpretation of EIA Regulations in light of Directive (sole counsel for Interested Party)

Chambers & Partners: Recommended junior for planning law: “very good at investigating and building the legal case.” (2015); “extremely quick, grasps detail immediately and instantly knows what to do. He is just a joy to work with” (2014); “continues to be a junior of choice”; “astronomical intelligence, creative thinking and sheer hard work on every type of project thrown at him. He will undoubtedly rise to the very top in his career” (2013).

Legal 500: Recommended for Planning Law for many years: “Strongly recommended for claimant judicial reviews’ (2014).

Immigration

Alex has extensive experience of immigration work (exclusively for Claimants), at every tier from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights and has a strong practice in proceedings relating to deportation, fresh claims, and detention. Recent Cases include:

  • R (Francis) v SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 718 – Appeal against dismissal of false imprisonment claim allowed on grounds statute did not act as a bar to a claim in false imprisonment relying on the Hardial Singh principles (leading counsel for the Appellant)
  • R (Paolo Antonio) v SSHD [2014] EWHC 3894 – High Court quashed a deportation order and found detention over three years and one month to have been unlawful. Also affirms a Claimant’s right to particulars; and rejected the defence of ex turpi causa (sole counsel for the Claimant). Click here for the judgment.
  • R (Pryor) v SSHD [2014] Imm. A.R 341 (similar case to Antonio involving  quashing of deportation order)
  • R (Ganesharajah) v SSHD [2014] EWHC 3497 (QB) and Kamalan Ganesharajah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2428 (QB) –  High Court false imprisonment claim allowed in part after 3 day trial, and related decision on a part 18 request.
  • Past cases include: Abdi v UK App 27770/08 [2013] (ECHR violation of article 5 ECHR); Kambadzi v SSHD[2011] 1 WLR 1299 and Lumba and Mighty v SSHD [2012] AC 245 (the two leading cases on immigration detention).

Chambers & Partners: Recommended junior for immigration law (band 2) for many years : “He is just a superb advocate, who is incredibly impressive on his feet. He’s one of those advocates who wins cases with his advocacy.” (2015); really good on immigration detention (2014)

Legal 500: Recommended for Immigration: “A barrister with the ‘X’ factor and a brain that fizzes.’(2014); “dizzying intellectual ability is allied to a propensity for real hard graft” (2013);

Local Government

Alex has enjoyed an eclectic range of instructions in fields such as Highways including Owen v Devon CC[2014] footpaths; election law and environmental prosecutions. Alex’s extensive work on village greens has included R (ABC) v Bristol City Council [2012] EWHC 859 which was an unusual claim concerning judicial review of the Council’s refusal to register a village green. He has also authored a volume of Atkins on Common Land and Village Greens. Alex’s recent case of R (Perry) v LB Hackney [2014] EWHC 1721 is an important decision concerning access to information in the local government context.

Chambers & Partners: Recommended up and coming barrister for Local Government Law; “hard-working, calm and collected” (2013).

Legal 500: Recommended for Administrative and Public (including Local Government) law; “calm and unflappable in all situations, and works like a Trojan”.

Public International Law

Since 2013 Alex has been engaged in extensive work relating to the constitutional arrangements of Myanmar and of the Palestinian National Authority.

Qualifications

Education

  • Inns of Court School of Law 2003: Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent.
  • City University 2002: Diploma in Law, Commendation
  • Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University 2000: English Literature M.A. First

Scholarships

  • Lincoln’s Inn Scholarships
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lord Denning Scholarship, Megarry Scholarship

Publications and other positions

Alex wrote the current edition Atkins Court Forms on Commons and Village Greens (2013).

He is a Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law where his work has included co-authoring Constitutional Reform in Myanmar: Priorities and Prospects for Amendment (2014).

He is a trustee of Medical Justice, a charity working for immigration detainees.

He was formerly a councillor at London Borough of Camden.

Recommendations

Planning

Chambers & Partners: “very good at investigating and building the legal case.” (2015); “extremely quick, grasps detail immediately and instantly knows what to do. He is just a joy to work with” (2014); “continues to be a junior of choice”; “astronomical intelligence, creative thinking and sheer hard work on every type of project thrown at him. He will undoubtedly rise to the very top in his career” (2013).
Legal 500: “Strongly recommended for claimant judicial reviews’ (2014).

Immigration

Chambers & Partners: Recommended junior for immigration law (band 2) for many years : “He is just a superb advocate, who is incredibly impressive on his feet. He’s one of those advocates who wins cases with his advocacy.” (2015); really good on immigration detention (2014).
Legal 500: “A barrister with the ‘X’ factor and a brain that fizzes.’(2014); “dizzying intellectual ability is allied to a propensity for real hard graft” (2013).

Local Government

Chambers & Partners: Up and coming barrister for Local Government Law; “hard-working, calm and collected” (2013).

Administrative & Public Law

Legal 500: “calm and unflappable in all situations, and works like a Trojan”.

Inquiries

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Bromley By Bow)(South) Compulsory Purchase Order

13/09/2011

A compulsory purchase inquiry in which Timothy Corner QC acted for the development corporation. TRAD successfully resisted the compulsory purchase order.

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Inquiries

Brig y Cwm Energy from Waste facility in Merthyr Tydfil

13/09/2011

Alex Goodman was instructed by Friends of the Earth on behalf of the United Valleys Action Group opposing the application before the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

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Inquiries

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Bromley By Bow)(South) Compulsory Purchase Order

13/09/2011

A compulsory purchase inquiry in which Timothy Corner QC acted for the development corporation. TRAD successfully resisted the compulsory purchase order.

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Inquiries

Brig y Cwm Energy from Waste facility in Merthyr Tydfil

13/09/2011

Alex Goodman was instructed by Friends of the Earth on behalf of the United Valleys Action Group opposing the application before the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

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