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Chambers of James Goudie KC and Daniel Stilitz KC

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Specialist in administrative and public, employment, education, election and information law. Aileen has a particular interest in discrimination/ equality as well as in human rights law, higher education-related work and investigations.


Called 2001, practised part-time until 2011 (while Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London) and maintained a chair at KCL, then at the University of Leeds, on becoming full-time. Aileen took silk in 2020. She is a long-standing member of the EHRC Panel of Counsel and recently acted as junior counsel to the EHRC in its formal investigation into the BBC’s pay practices. She was junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse between 2015 and 2016 and 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. She currently chairs the Human Rights Lawyers Association.




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

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. The third edition of her Discrimination: Text, Cases and Materials is forthcoming in 2021, with Eddie Bruce Jones as co-author.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Aileen McColgan KC11KBWAileen has an encyclopaedic knowledge and really in-depth understanding of the law of equality and discrimination as applicable to schools.

Barristers at 11KBW have an excellent reputation for their wide-ranging experience acting for the likes of the University and Colleges Union and the Department for Education, who instruct the set to handle the full gamut of cases in education law. Aileen McColgan represented the University of Bristol in a disability discrimination appeal following the suicide of a student after a county court found that the university had breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments to its assessment arrangements, while Tom Cross acted for the Secretary of State for Education in a judicial review concerning the Government’s educational responsibility in cases where a child with special educational needs moves abroad with a diplomat parent. Katherine Eddy is noted for her ability to represent schools and local authorities in educational discrimination and negligence claims.


London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Aileen McColgan KC – 11KBWAn expert on discrimination law, and her no- nonsense approach gives confidence to the client.’