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Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.

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David Blundell

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Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.)

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David specialises in all areas of public law, including related human rights and European Union law issues. He has appeared in all the higher courts, from the High Court to the House of Lords, as well as the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. He has extensive experience in immigration, social security, child support, planning and environmental cases, and all related human rights and European Union law matters. David regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal in cases in these areas. He also has considerable experience of mental health, education, social services, prisons, inquests, care standards, local government, rating, freedom of information, data protection, highways and compulsory purchase law. Recent significant cases in which he has been involved include R (Shoesmith) v Ofsted [2011] EWCA Civ 642, [2011] BLGR 649 (Sharon Shoesmith’s successful appeal against her removal from office), JD (Congo) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 327 (test for second appeals to the Court of Appeal from the Upper Tribunal), R (Daley-Murdock) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 161, [2011] Imm AR 500 and R (Mirza) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 159, [2011] Imm AR 484 (challenges to separate decision-making in immigration cases), R (Greenpeace) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (challenge to the government’s National Policy Statement on building new nuclear power stations) and Minter & Potter v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWCA Civ 1155, [2011] HLR 3 (effect of compensation payments on entitlement to social security benefits). David has advised on a number of cases involving Habitats Directive and Strategic Environmental Assessment issues. He is currently involved in advising in relation to potential environmental infraction proceedings by the European Commission. Forthcoming cases include challenges to the guidance on restraining prisoners during deportation and handcuffing during hospital visits. In April 2009, the annual ‘Planning’ magazine legal survey named him in the top 10 planning barristers under 35. He is recommended in Administrative Law in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Legal 500. He was formerly a Visiting Lecturer in European Community law at City University. He has lectured the judiciary of the Czech Republic and Zambia with the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation, and delivered training on human rights law in Turkey and Albania on behalf of the Council of Europe. David spent his first year of practice as a Judicial Assistant to the Law Lords (Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead and Lord Rodger of Earlsferry). Before coming to the Bar, David had worked as an intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a stagiaire at the European Commission and a volunteer at the AIRE Centre. Publications of note: editor (with David Elvin QC) of those parts of the Planning Encyclopedia dealing with EIA, SEA, Habitats and Birds Directives, as well as validity, human rights and EC law. ‘Material Error of Fact: Where Are We Now?’ [2004] JR 36; ‘Ultra Vires Legitimate Expectations’ [2005] JR 147; ‘The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2002 and Surinder Singh: A Step in the Wrong Direction’ Columbia Journal of European Law, Vol 8, No 3, p561.

Career

Called 2001; Inner Temple; began practice in 2004.

Member

Attorney-General’s ‘B’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (March 2010, after three years on the ‘C’ Panel); Treasury Solicitor’s list of counsel specialising in Freedom of Information issues. Administrative Law Bar Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.

Education

Trinity College, Cambridge BA Hons Modern Languages (French and German); Trinity College, Cambridge, MPhil in International Relations; City University, Postgraduate Diploma in Law and MA in Law; Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers ‘ One of the most impressive juniors at the public law Bar. ’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

'An excellent set with a wide range of expertise', Landmark Chambers covers a diverse range of public law, representing claimants, national government, and quangos among others. David Lock QC represented numerous NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, defeating a challenge brought by Bayer and Novartis to their use of a drug made by Roche off-label to treat "wet AMD". In the Caribbean, Richard Drabble QC represented the claimant in Jones v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, a successful challenge to the island nation's colonial-era "buggery law". Among the set's junior ranks, David Blundell represented the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a human rights challenge to the jurisdiction's near-total ban on abortion, with a key question being the commission's standing to bring the claim. Declan O'Callaghan was appointed as a judge of the First Tier Tribunal in 2018.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers ‘ Works tremendously hard and his written work and oral advocacy are both to an exceptional standard. ’

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EU Law

Within: Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers ‘ His advocacy is accurate, well-researched and insightful. ’

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Immigration (including business immigration)

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David Blundell - Landmark Chambers ‘ Sees to the heart of the issues and is a fantastic advocate in court: clear, concise and very persuasive. ’

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Planning

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David Blundell - Landmark Chambers ‘ Just superb – he wears his massive ability lightly. ’

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