Raphael has a particular interest in public law.
He has recently been involved in several of the most important and high-profile judicial reviews relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, including challenges to the self-isolation rules, the government’s policies on care homes during the first wave, and major PPE contracts.
He also accepts instructions across Chambers’ core areas of practice, having gained experience in pupillage of employment, education, community care, information, procurement and data protection matters. His supervisors were Amy Rogers, Tom Cross and Joanne Clement.
Before coming to the Bar, Raphael was a leader writer and columnist at The Times, and a researcher at the Institute for Government. He remains an associate of the Institute and is a regular media commentator on constitutional issues. He was also a visiting lecturer in public law on the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University. He holds a first-class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law from City University, where he won several scholarships and prizes.
In the public law field, Raphael’s experience includes:
- R (Gardner & ors) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – acting for the Claimants in a judicial review of the government’s decisions in relation to care homes during the first wave of the pandemic (led by Jason Coppel QC, Joseph Barrett and Rupert Paines)
- R (Good Law Project) v Prime Minister & ors – acting for the Claimant in a judicial review of the use of non-government communications systems, such as WhatsApp, for government business (led by Joseph Barrett and Rupert Paines)
- R (Good Law Project) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – acting for the Claimant in a judicial review of the award of a high-value PPE contract to a firm with links to the former chair of the Conservative Party (led by Joseph Barrett)
- MOC v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – as a pupil, assisting Joanne Clement in proceedings before the Court of Appeal concerning the rules for benefit payments to disabled adults spending time in hospital
- A child v A local authority – as a pupil, assisting Andrew Sharland QC in a claim for damages arising from alleged breaches of the right to education under the ECHR
- R (Francis) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care  EWHC 3287 (Admin) – as a pupil, assisting Christopher Knight in defending a challenge to the Self-Isolation Regulations
- R (Good Law Project) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Prime Minister – as a pupil, assisting Julian Blake in defending a challenge to the appointment of Dido Harding and Kate Bingham to senior pandemic-related roles.
In the employment and commercial law fields, Raphael’s experience includes:
- East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust v Flowers and others – as a pupil, assisting Sean Jones QC and Katherine Eddy with the preparation of a Supreme Court appeal concerning the calculation of overtime pay under the Working Time Directive
- R (IWGB) v CAC  EWCA Civ 952 – as a pupil, assisting Chris Jeans QC and Tom Cross in the Court of Appeal, in a case on whether Deliveroo riders are ‘workers’ for the purposes of collective bargaining legislation
- Palmeri v Charles Stanley  EWHC 2934 (QB) – as a pupil, assisting Amy Rogers in a High Court dispute between an investment management firm and a stockbroker over the termination of his contract
2020: Bar Professional Training Course, City University (Outstanding)
2019: Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (Distinction, 2nd in year)
2016: BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University (First Class)
Sir John and Sophie Laws Scholarship (Bar European Group), 2021
Administrative Law Bar Association Mooting Competition – Winner, 2019
11KBW Prize for Public Law (City University), 2019
Monckton Chambers Prize for European Law (City University), 2019
Falcon Chambers Prize for Land Law (City University), 2019
GDL Mooting Competition (City University) – Winner, 2019
Bedingfield Scholarship (Gray’s Inn), 2019
GDL Scholarship (Gray’s Inn), 2018
GDL Scholarship (City University), 2018
Gibbs Prize in Politics (Oxford University), 2014
Before coming to the Bar, Raphael was a leader writer and columnist at The Times, where he wrote a weekly column about Brexit and trade policy.
He also worked at the Institute for Government, where he was a researcher on Brexit and the constitution.
He remains an Associate of the Institute for Government, and has given expert evidence on constitutional matters to several parliamentary select committees. Raphael is also a regular media commentator on the constitution and public law. He writes on these subjects for Prospect and The Times, and has appeared as a constitutional expert on programmes such as Newsnight, BBC News, Sky Sunrise, PM and the Today programme.
Raphael is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), and was a contributor to ALBA’s submission to the government’s consultation on reforms to judicial review remedies.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, he was a visiting lecturer in public law on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at City University.