Jason Coppel QC > Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Specialist in public, public procurement, information law, EU law and Human Rights Act issues. Notable recent cases include: T v Home Secretary [2015] 1 AC 49 (disclosure of convictions and cautions on criminal records checks); R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association) v Lord Chancellor [2014] EWHC (Admin), [2015] EWHC 295 (Admin) (challenge to the government’s proposed reforms to criminal legal aid); Childrens Rights Alliance for England v Justice Secretary CA, 2012 (duty to inform victims of human rights abuses); Humphreys v HMRC SC, 2012 (splitting of state benefits paid for children); St Prix v SSWP SC, 2012 (EU ‘worker’ status of pregnant woman); Greenwich Community Law Centre v Greenwich LBC CA, 2012 (application of public sector equality duty to tender processes); JBW v Ministry of Justice(CA, 2012 (public service concessions and implied contract terms in tender processes); MPC v ZH CA, 2013 (Mental Capacity Act defence to assault and false imprisonment).


Called 1994; Silk 2013. Member of Attorney General’s A Panel for Civil Litigation. Co-editor of Butterworth’s ‘Administrative Law Practice’; author of ‘The Human Rights Act 1998: Enforcing the European Convention in the Domestic Courts’.


Italian, French.


Methodist College Belfast; Brasenose College, Oxford (1990 BA); European University Institute, Florence (1991 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jason Coppel QC11KBWExcellent leader who is receptive and adaptable. Has the ear of the court.

11KBW is an ‘excellent set with very proactive and high-powered silks’ who are frequently engaged in civil liberties matters pertaining to immigration, social care, and detention. Leading silk Jason Coppel QC represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the immigration rights of human trafficking victims, as well as acting for NGO Maternity Action in a judicial review challenging the NHS charging regime for disproportionately impacting migrant women. Tom Cross is engaged in a judicial review for the parents of Charlie Hughes who are challenging the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines over the prescription of cannabis-based medicine to children. ‘King of data rights‘ Christopher Knight is also of note and has expertise across media and privacy law-related human rights claims. Aileen McColgan QC has strengthened the set with her elevation to silk in early 2020.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jason Coppel QC11KBWOne of the top two performing QCs.

11KBW is ‘top drawer when  it comes to public law – they are up with the  best‘. Jason Coppel QC represents both claimants and contracting parties; he is acting for the claimant train operating companies in a challenge to disqualification from procurement for the right to operate West Coast mainline and HS2.  James Goudie QC is in demand for his breadth of expertise across local government vires, and state aid matters in addition to public procurement. Peter Oldham QC has vast experience of procurement disputes in areas as varied as medical devices, transport and IT, and Nigel Giffin QC is equally seasoned. The junior ranks include the ‘procedurally and tactically savvy‘  Rupert Paines and ‘first class technical and tactical lawyerPatrick Halliday.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jason Coppel QC11KBWJason is one of the best public law silks around. His written work is superb and his advocacy is excellent. He is a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jason Coppel QC11KBWHe is very much a specialist in EU law as it applies in commercial disputes, particularly in the area of public procurement and Francovich damages claims. Jason is very well-placed to take advantage of this continuing post-Brexit need among commercial solicitors and firms for EU law informed advice.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jason Coppel QC11KBWHe is highly organised and someone you don’t want on the other side.