Alex Shattock > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Alex has a broad practice with a focus on public, planning and environmental law. His recent instructions include matters in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and various tribunals. He has a particular interest in human rights, education, EU law, the environment, immigration and public international law.

Recent work includes:

  • Acting for the claimant in an environmental challenge to the recent permitted development and use class changes: reported in the media herehere and here. Led by Paul Brown QC.
  • Acting for the claimant in various urgent judicial review and interim relief applications for failed asylum seekers requiring s.4 accommodation support.
  • Instructed in a claim against the Information Commissioner concerning information rights, anonymity orders, reasonable adjustments and freedom of expression. Led by Samantha Broadfoot QC and Julia Smyth.
  • Acting for the claimant in various urgent judicial review and interim relief applications in s.117 Mental Health Act cases.
  • Acting for the defendant in a systemic challenge to a UK resettlement scheme for refugees fleeing Syria, alleging religious discrimination against Christians and breaches of public international law. Led by David Blundell QC.
  • Various age assessment challenges in the High Court and Upper Tribunal.
  • Advising on a potential discrimination challenge arising from A-level centre assessment grades.
  • Advising on the application of international treaty law in the context of Brexit.

He accepts direct access and pro bono instructions where appropriate. He is a legal reviewer for the charity Freedom From Torture.

Alex completed a doctorate in public international law at Cambridge, where he researched the legality of military intervention in civil wars. He also has law degrees from Oxford and LSE. His previously work experience includes teaching economics, working in a secure prison, and working at the Law Commission on its driverless cars project. In his spare time he enjoys films, video games, and Scandinavian heavy metal music.

Alex is currently on part-time secondment advising the Department for Education on various public law and public international law matters.


PhD in public international law, University of Cambridge. Supervised by Professor Christine Gray. Thesis title: The legal limits of intervention by invitation of government in civil wars. Funded by a full scholarship and maintenance grant.

BPTC, University of Law. Inns of Court Major Scholarship.

LLM in public international law, London School of Economics. 1st in year.

BA in jurisprudence, University of Oxford. New College Scholar.

Alex attended state comprehensive schools and was the first in his family to go to university.

Alex is an alumnus of the Hague Academy of International Law, a centre for advanced international legal studies based in the Peace Palace at the Hague, Netherlands. He was the only British scholar to obtain a place on the 2014 Hague Academy public international law programme.