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Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC

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Jonathan Swift QC

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11KBW (Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC)

Position

Has in-depth experience across the whole range of public law, including human rights; civil liberties; constitutional law and devolution; data protection and freedom of information; regulatory law (in particular energy regulation and financial regulation); and strategic planning and environmental issues. He has led for HM Revenue and Customs on major litigation concerning rights under EU law to recover interest on overpayments of tax, the nature of restitution rights, and the quantification of restitutionary damages in claims for recovery of money paid by mistake. From 2006 to 2014 he was First Treasury Counsel, leading for the Government on major cases covering all aspects of public administration. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court (over 30 cases during the last two years). He appeared for the Government in the first appeal heard by the Supreme Court: Ahmed v HM Treasury ([2010] 2 AC 534, and 697), concerning the implementation of international sanctions against suspected terrorists. His most recent case in the Supreme Court is R (on the application of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills [2015] UKSC 6, a challenge to a decision on the distribution of money for social projects based on EU law. Other recent cases include: R (Law Society v Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 230 (challenge to legal aid reforms); An Taisce v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ 1111 (international law obligations and nuclear power); Littlewoods v HMRC [2014] EWHC 868 (Ch) (EU law right to interest; restitution claims); R (Evans) v Attorney General (The Prince of Wales FOIA case); Bank Mellat v HM Treasury [2013] UKSC 38 and 39 (the power of the Supreme Court to conduct hearings in private); Investment Trust Company v HMRC [2012] EWHC 458 (Ch) (EU law-based restitution claims for overpaid VAT).

Career

Called 1989; First Treasury Counsel 2006-2014; Master of the Bench Inner Temple 2007; QC 2010.

Education

Southend-on-Sea High School; New College Oxford; Emmanuel College, Cambridge.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWHe is unimpeachable and first class on his feet.

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

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWHe is always on top of all the detail and displays a calm and confident authority.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWA superb advocate and a pleasure to work with.

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Education

Within: Education – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWAn extremely able and very personable silk.

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: Data protection – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWA class act on his feet and excellent on the detail.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBWUnimpeachable – approachable in conference, first-class on his feet.

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Legal Developments by:
11KBW (Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC)

  • Possession Proceedings 28 August 2012

    The lower courts continue to clarify the position following the decisions of the Supreme Court in Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45; [2011] 2 AC 104 and Hounslow London Borough Council v Powell [2011] UKSC 8; [2011] 2 AC 18 on the application of Article 8 ECHR to defend possession proceedings.
    - 11KBW

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