Richard Drabble KC > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers
180 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4A 2HG
England

Position

Richard Drabble KC was called to the Bar in 1975 and took silk in 1995. He is a Bencher of Inner Temple; a former Chairman of ALBA and a current member of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee.

He practices in public law. He has appeared in many leading human rights and environmental cases. He appeared as (very) junior counsel in CCSU v Minister for the Civil Service (GCHQ). He acted for the government in connection with the decision to grant planning permission for Terminal 5 at Heathrow; with a judicial review challenge to the Airports White Paper; and resisting a challenge by Greenpeace to consultation on nuclear policy. His practice has a particular emphasis on social security, immigration, environmental, planning, local government and human rights law. He has appeared at all levels of the domestic court system, including the Supreme Court and House of Lords. He has also appeared before the ECtHR in Strasbourg (for example in Chapman v UK; Stec v UK; and Tsfayo v UK) as well as the CJEU (for example Stewart v SSWP [2012] PTSR 1and the Grand Chamber hearing of the joined cases of Tele 2 Sverige and Watson and others v SSHD [2017] QB 771). He appeared in Trinidad in Jones v AG in a successful constitutional challenge to the law criminalizing homosexual activity; and before the Privy Council in The Minister of Home Affairs (Bermudav Barbosa [2019] UKSC 41. He has recently appeared in the Supreme Court in cases raising important human rights issues, including KV (Sri Lanka) v SSHD [2019] 1 WLR 1849 Kiarie v SSHD [2017] 1 WLR 2380; and IT (Jamaica) v SSHD [2018] 1 WLR 5273. In terms of social security, he appeared in the Supreme Court in the challenges to both versions of the benefits cap; and for the claimants in the bedroom tax case of R (Carmichael) v SSWP [2016] 1 WLR 4550 and the later case on remedies RR (Appellant) v SSWP [2019] 1 WLR 6430. He is instructed by Sainsburys to resist the Valuation Officers appeal concerning the rating of supermarket ATMs in the Supreme Court in March 2020.

Career

Called 1975; Inner Temple; silk 1995.

Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association (former chairman); Planning and Environment Bar Association; Bar Council Law Reform Committee.

Education

History, Downing College, Cambridge.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Drabble KCLandmark ChambersRichard is a top flight performer in the senior courts where his forensic eye to detail, and the strength of his submission on statutory construction are really second to none.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Drabble KCLandmark ChambersRichard is a mastery of the subject.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Drabble KCLandmark Chambers

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Drabble KCLandmark Chambers

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Drabble KCLandmark Chambers