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Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Andrew specialises in all aspects of public law (commercial, regulatory, education, community care, local government,  and planning and environmental law) human rights, public inquiries, public procurement and information law. He practises in English and European courts acting for private individuals, public authorities, commercial organisations and NGOs. Notable cases include:  R (Bridges) v South Wales Police (Article 8 ECHR, GDPR and automatic face recognition technology in the Court of Appeal),  MacDonald v UK (Private life and community care in ECHR), Kennedy v Charity Commission (freedom of information and Article 10 ECHR in the Supreme Court), R (Plantagenet Alliance) v Secretary of State for Justice and Leicester City Council (challenge to the decision to bury Richard Ill’s remains in Leicester) and DWF v Insolvency Service (public procurement and applications to lift the automatic suspension in the Court of Appeal).


Called 1996, Gray’s Inn; Silk 2018. Visiting fellow on constitutional law at Brunel University 1996-98; junior counsel to the Crown (A Panel) 2011; appointed to the Treasury Solicitor’s Freedom of Information panel of counsel; appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel 2011. Publications: ‘Judicial Review: Principles and Procedure’ (OUP); ‘Atkins Court forms: Human Rights’; ‘Blackstone’s Guide to Media Law & Human Rights’ (2nd ed); contributor to ‘Education and the Courts’ (R McManus QC) and Information Rights (P Coppel QC).


ALBA; ADRL; PEBA, Procurement Lawyers Association; Council of Europe Panel of Experts on Media Law and Human Rights.


Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (1993 LLB Hons first class); William & Mary College, Virginia USA (1994 LLM); Worcester College, Oxford (1995 BCL); Inns of Court School of Law (1996). Postgraduate diploma in Public Procurement Law, University of Nottingham.


Table tennis, travelling, photography.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Sharland QC11KBWHe is a fantastic advocate with a superb command of the facts and law. He puts his points well and handles challenges from judges skilfully and with good humour.

A set with ‘real strength and depth across the board, whose members appear in most of the major cases‘, 11KBW is active across the public law space, with many members of chambers active for defendants represented by the Government Legal Department, as well as other government bodies, quangos, and some claimant work. Members were on both sides of Lincolnshire Police’s ultimately unsuccessful challenge to the College of Policing’s plan to effectively transform policing into a graduate profession – Jonathan Moffett QC  and Christopher Knight for the College of Policing and Charles Bourne QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) and Aileen McColgan QC (a 2020 silk appointment) for the force. The set is ‘one of the leading chambers for dealing with public law issues affecting the health sector‘: Andrew Sharland QC defeated a challenge to the Royal College of Physicians’ neutral stance on assisted dying brought by some of the organisation’s members opposed to it. Clive Sheldon QC  successfully represented the government in the Court of Appeal in R (BPAS) v Department of Health concerning the meaning of “the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week” in the Abortion Act 1967. Unled, Jonathan Auburn represented the defendant in R (Leighton) v Lord Chancellor, in which disability activists challenged the lack of qualified one-way costs shifting in discrimination claims. Elizabeth Prochaska, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined chambers from the role of legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Sharland QC11KBWIn advocacy, Andrew has the ability to grasp the most intricate of details and focus on the salient factors without losing his audience. His advice is exceptional and his knowledge base in specific disciplines appears to have no parameter.

A ‘highly-regarded set with brilliant barristers‘, members of 11KBW advise local government on the gamut of governance and public law issues. Peter Oldham QC advised Buckinghamshire County Council in litigation concerning the county’s transition to a unitary authority, while Jen Coyne assisted two of the districts on the same matter. Andrew Sharland QC represented Leicester City Council in litigation concerning the compliance of non-binding resolution to boycott goods from Israeli settlements with its public sector equality duty. Unled, Tom Cross advised Gedling Borough Council concerning whether a Conservative councillor, who stole a European Union flag from anti-Brexit demonstrators, did so in his official capacity.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Sharland QC11KBWAn education law guru. He is an exceptional advocate, a brilliant tactician, and gives pragmatic advice.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Sharland QC11KBWA hardworking barrister with strong technical knowledge of data protection.