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Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC

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Aileen McColgan

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


Specialist in administrative and public, employment, education, election, information and community care law. Aileen has a particular interest in discrimination/ equality including in the context of public law challenges to police/ CPS decision-making on crimes of violence against women, and in HE-related work.


Called 2001, Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College London since 2001 (lecturer/ reader since 1991). Aileen commenced part-time practice at the Bar in 2001 and full-time practice in 2011, retaining a role at King's where she is currently Vice Dean of the law school. Aileen was re-appointed to the EHRC Panel of Counsel in 2015 and acted as junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse between 2015 and 2016. She has been legal adviser to the Northern Ireland Forum on a Bill of Rights and, until 2016, UK legal expert on the European Commission's networks of legal experts on gender equality and non-discrimination.




Educated Thornhill College Derry; Cambridge (Trinity College), and Edinburgh University

Publications: Recent publications include "Discrimination, Equality and the Law" (Hart 2014) and (with S Hannett and E Prochaska) LAG's 2017 "Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination in Schools: a legal handbook". Aileen has contributed chapters to many other works including G Millar and A Scott's, "Newsgathering: Law, Regulation and the Public Interest" (OUP, 2016), "Livingstone, Owen and MacDonald on Prison Law" (OUP, 2015) and Clayton and Tomlinson "The Law of Human Rights' (2009). She is the author of a wide range of other academic and practitioner-orientated books and articles on areas from criminal and criminal evidence law to individual and collective employment law via human rights law, data protection law and the law relating to civil procedure.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Aileen McColgan - 11KBWShe has many strengths and is plainly expert in her field.

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

11KBWis an excellent set that offers good value for money’ and takes on cases for central and local government bodies and individuals. Jason Coppel QC represented the claimant in the challenge to NHS regulations concerning charging visitors to the UK and immigrants without settled status. A team led by Clive Sheldon QC acted for the FA in its independent review into child sex abuse allegations in football. Aileen McColgan, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined the set in January 2018.

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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 juniors

Aileen McColgan - 11KBWHugely authoritative and well versed in the law. A great advocate.

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Within: Education – Leading juniors

Aileen McColgan - 11KBWShe is calm, dependable and sensible and is wonderful on women's rights.

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Within: Employment – Leading juniors

Aileen McColgan - 11KBWA tenacious advocate with a reassuring manner.

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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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