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Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC
Monckton Chambers
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Ian Wise QC is ranked as a leader in his field in public and administrative law, human rights law and education law and has appeared in numerous important cases in these areas. Ian Wise has been involved in a number of the most high profile public law cases in recent years including the Herceptin (breast cancer), Southwark (duties towards teenage children) and Birmingham (budget cuts to severely disabled people) cases. Although trained in criminal law, Ian now specialises in public and human rights law and regularly appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. His practice covers a wide range of areas and he specialises in healthcare, local government, (including community care and education) and children’s law.


Called 1992; Gray’s Inn; QC 2010. Over recent years Ian has taken over 30 cases to the European Court of Human Rights. He is regularly instructed to act for leading national charities including the Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society and Age UK and has acted for the Royal College of Nursing in a number of cases. He has lectured widely on many aspects of public law and has a post graduate diploma in European Community Law. Publications of note: Co-author of Children in Need: Local Authority Support for Children and Families (Legal Action Group, April 2011).


Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


Open University (BA); College of Law, King’s College (DipLaw, Dip EC Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ian Wise QCMonckton ChambersA first choice of leader in complex discrimination and other judicial review claims. Always produces succinct and compelling written and oral submissions. Very well organised and always turns around instructions quickly and meets deadlines. Proactive and good on tactics and strategy. Responsive and down-to-earth.

Well-known for its expertise and strength in public and administration law‘, Members of Monckton Chambers act for a range of parties crossing over with its expertise in European Union and competition law. Ian Wise QC represented the claimants in R (DA) v SSWP, a challenge to the benefit cap with issues about the court considering parliamentary materials, and R (Miller) v College of Policing, in which the High Court found that College of Policing guidance around “non-crime hate incidents” was unlawful. The set handles some government work too, with a number of members on panels for such work: Ben Lask represents the Department for International Trade in a challenge brought by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights to a regime permitting the import of cotton from Uzbekistan, which historically was significantly produced using forced labour.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ian Wise QC - Monckton Chambers A first-rate human rights practitioner.’

Monckton Chambers is described as a ‘progressive and dynamic set, with star quality throughout’, with particular emphasis on the intersection of civil liberties and data protection rights, with members frequently engaged in complex data rights claims and public law challenges. In one instance, Ian Wise QC acted in Harry Miller v College of Policing and Humberside Police surrounding the Police’s action of a video recording a ‘non-crime hate accident’ which the High Court concluded disproportionately interfered with the claimant’s right of freedom of expression. Elsewhere, Eric Metcalfe acted for the Secretary of State and successfully defended HMP Whitemoor Prison’s decision’s use of video link before the Court of Appeal. Also of note, the ‘excellentNikolaus Grubeck is acting for a consortium of human rights NGOs in a pending Supreme Court challenge to the decision by the Secretary of State for International Trade to continue to export arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ian Wise QCMonckton ChambersA top pick for social housing work with a public law aspect, in particular discrimination and other challenges relating to social housing allocations schemes, or accommodation duties where there is a need for co-operation between social services and housing departments.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ian Wise QCMonckton ChambersHe can immediately identify the issues and is always one step ahead of his opposition.