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Julian practices in the fields of public law, media and information law and matters concerning corporate crime and the criminal justice system. He is recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior and is a member of the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel.
"Really personable, really intelligent. Clear, user-friendly advice. He makes himself part of the team.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
"Clients just love him. He works hard for them and understands their concerns and business. Lay clients also appreciate him because he is able to explain complex areas of law in an accessible manner.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
"He is a very good lawyer, very quick, writes well and is good under pressure but has a joke when you need it." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
"He has excellent people skills, is very good with clients and always one step ahead of everyone else.” (Chambers and Partners 2016)
Julian has a broad public law practice spanning the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In the past year he has appeared in cases before the Supreme Court on five occasions. He has been involved in some of the most significant cases involving national security, international relations, and the armed forces.
Examples of his work in this field include:
- Bank Mellat v Treasury - challenging financial restrictions against an Iranian Bank.
- Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence - detention of suspected Taliban commander in Afghanistan.
- Bancoult v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Affairs - resettlement of the Chagos Islanders.
- AHK & Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department - closed material procedures before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
- Belhaj v Straw & Others - allegations of rendition and mistreatment by Libyan nationals.
MEDIA AND INFORMATION LAW
Julian has substantial experience in matters relating to the media, including contempt of court, privacy and information law. He regularly advises and appears on behalf of individuals, the government and corporations before the High Court and the Information Tribunal.
Examples of his work in this field include:
- Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta - acting for a defendant media company in matters concerning the criminal investigation into phone hacking, corruption and misuse of private information.
- Attorney General v Associated Newspapers - contempt proceedings concerning the publication of material relating to the Levi Bellfield trial.
- Attorney General v BSkyB - contempt proceedings relating to the publication of information concerning the release of Paul and Rachel Chandler in Somalia.
- All Party Parliamentary Group of Extraordinary Rendition v FCO - Freedom of Information case about rendition and detention in Guantanamo Bay.
- Savic v Attorney General and Cabinet Office - Freedom of Information case about the Attorney General’s advice on Kosovo.
CORPORATE CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
For the first few years of Julian’s career, he appeared regularly in the Crown Court, both prosecuting and defending. He has subsequently developed a niche criminal practice, concentrating on public law challenges to corporate criminal investigations and other complex matters relating to the criminal justice system.
Examples of his work in this filed include:
- R v Bright & Others - collapse of Independent Insurance PLC.
- R v Timothy Power - insider trading by an executive of Belgo Restaurants.
- Revell Read v SFO - Britain’s biggest boiler room fraud.
- Roberts v United Kingdom - ECHR challenge to jury impartiality.
Julian also acts in other matters relating to criminal justice more broadly, including inquests into the death of prisoners, challenges to prison categorisations and complex criminal appeals. He is an author of EU Law in Criminal Practice (Oxford University Press) and is retained as a practitioner editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice.
Julian studied as an undergraduate at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. He then went to Yale University in the USA as a Fox International Fellow, focusing on international relations and international security studies.
Prior to joining the Bar, Julian worked for the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Uganda, assisting offenders facing capital punishment.
R (on the application of Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 4)
 UKSC 35, SC, June 29 2016,  3 WLR 157
Instructed in the Supreme Court challenge. This case considered whether, and in what circumstances, the Supreme Court may set aside a previous decision of the House of Lords. The application concerned alleged material non-disclosure concerning the resettlement of the Chagossians.
R (on the application of Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
 EWCA Civ 6, CA, January 19 2016, Times, February 19 2016
Instructed in this well known challenge to the use of Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. The case concerns David Miranda, partner of Glen Greenwald who was detained in connection with the material taken by Edward Snowden.
Bank Mellat v HM Treasury
 EWHC 1258 (Comm),  EWCA Civ 1052,  EWCA Civ 452
Instructed in both the application to set aside financial restriction decisions and the civil damages claim resulting from the earlier proceedings.
Roberts v United Kingdom
Application no. 59703/13, January 2016
Instructed as sole counsel in this challenge before the European Court of Human Rights concerning the farness of the domestic jury trial / selection system and compatibility with Article 6 ECHR.
R (on the application of Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Instructed in the Supreme Court challenge. The Appellant applied to the Supreme Court to set aside the previous judgment of the House of Lords due to alleged material non-disclosure.
R (on the application of Ignaoua) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
 EWCA Civ 1498,  EWHC 1382 (Admin)
Instructed in this challenge to Section 15 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 (closed material procedures in exclusion challenges). These two cases are the leading authorities in determining whether an existing judicial review challenge should take place in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission or the Administrative Court.
R (on the application of AHK & Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
 EWCA Civ 151,  EWHC 681 (Admin)
Instructed in proceedings concerned the hearing of naturalisation challenges within SIAC. This litigation has determined the standard of review to be applied within SIAC and the level of disclosure required by the Secretary of State in closed material proceedings.
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj v Rt Hon Jack Straw MP and others
 EWCA Civ 1394
Instructed in the civil claim brought by former Libyan dissidents and their families relating to allegations of rendition, detention and mistreatment.
R (on the application of AZ) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
 EWHC 3695 (Admin);  4 W.L.R. 12
Instructed as sole counsel in a challenge to the refusal of a refugee travel document following an assessment that the claimant would travel to Syria.
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