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Helen Mountfield QC

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Work 020 7404 3447
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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)

Position

Helen is a versatile silk with a strong leading practice in public law, human rights and equality, information, EU and employment law. Recent/notable public law cases include: R(Susan Smith) v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court; article 1 ECHR jurisdiction); R(London Borough of Lewisham & Ors) v Ofqual & Ors (Div Court; successful rebuttal of challenge to GCSE English results); CN v United Kingdom (ECtHR; first finding of breach of Article 4 ECHR against UK); Czop & Punakova v SSWP (CJEU: rights under Citizens’ Directive; distinction between self-employed persons and workers); R(G) v Governing Body of X School (Supreme Court; article 6 ECHR, education); Burnip v Department for Work & Pensions (Court of Appeal; relevance of UN Conventions in national law); Watkins v Woolas (the Oldham East and Saddleworth election petition); and R (Woolas) v Parliamentary Election Court (Div Court; reviewability of decision of Parliamentary Election Court); R(Hurley & Moore) v SSBERR (Div Court; partly successful challenge to introduction of university tuition fees); R(E) v Governing Body of JFS (Supreme Court; race discrimination and schools); R(Green) v Gloucestershire & Somerset CC (successful library closure challenges); R (Harris) v LB Haringey; R(Hajrula) v London Councils, Secretary of State v Elias, R(Cordant Group plc) v BERR; Brown v DWP & BERR; R(Kaur & Shah) v LB Ealing (all major cases on public sector equality duties); RB & OO (Jordan) v SSHD and AH v SSHD (CA and House of Lords terrorism, Article 6); YL v Birmingham CC (House of Lords, public authorities and HRA); Re B (House of Lords – burden of proof and human rights); Ladele v London Borough of Islington (CA); Catholic Care v Charity Commission; R(Watkins-Singh) v Aberdare Girls’ High School; Ghai v Newcastle CC (human rights & religion); Pedro v DWP (CA; EU Citizens’ Directive); Stec v UK (Grand Chamber ECtHR). Other notable cases on www.matrixlaw.co.uk

Career

Called 1991 Gray’s Inn; recorder 2009; silk 2010; Deputy High Court Judge (Administrative Court) 2013. Treasury A Panel (until 2010); special advocate; member of Equality and Human Rights Commission panel. Publications include ‘Blackstone Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998’ (6th ed 2011), and edits ‘White Book’ on human rights. Lectures widely in UK and abroad, including at Harvard, NYU, Cambridge and for the Judicial Studies Board.

Member

Administrative Law Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Law Association; Bar European Group; Human Rights Lawyers’ Association; Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel.

Education

Magdalen College Oxford (BA Hons History 1st class); City University (Diploma in Law); King’s College London (Postgraduate Diploma in EU Law); Holker Scholar and Reid Scholar of Gray’s Inn.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersShe will stand up in the cases where other advocates wilt.’

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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

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersA leading practitioner at a leading set.’

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersShe is fastidious in her preparation and a passionate advocate.’

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersAn impressive combination of advocacy skills, judgement and detailed knowledge.’

Within: EU law

Matrix Chambers houses ‘barristers who are profoundly knowledgeable, thoroughly prepared and have a perfect command of the law’, from senior ‘real leaders in the field’ to ‘impressive juniors’. Headline instructions included four silks’ appearance in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Helen Mountfield QC acting for the intervenor in the “bedroom tax” challenges.

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Education

Within: Education – Leading silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersAn authoritative, persuasive and charming advocate.’

Within: Education

The ‘very impressiveMatrix Chambers houses some of the most accessible and competent’ practitioners, who are ‘truly dedicated to problem solving’. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett are defending Ofsted’s report in a judicial review challenge filed by a designated faith school under the Equality Act 2010. On the claimant side, David Wolfe QC acted for parents in judicial review proceedings challenging the Religious Studies GCSE specifications issued by the Secretary of State.

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