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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in civil liberties and human rights by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in civil liberties and human rights by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

02 November 2017

THE SET – Civil liberties and human rights (Band 1)

Members of Axiom are among the best human rights and civil liberties advocates in Scotland. They practice at all levels before Scottish courts, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. They represent individuals, organisations and government bodies in high-profile judicial reviews and appellate proceedings. An example of a recent case is AB v Lord Advocate which considered whether aspects of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act were compatible with the ECHR. Sources say that "advocates at Axiom are really at the top of the game."

Client service: "Very helpful and very professional." "The clerks always come back to you straight away. They are very helpful and very efficient."


Mark Lindsay QC
A market-leading silk with a well-established practice, he is called upon to challenge the decisions of tribunals, regulatory bodies, and local and central government. Given the high calibre of his instructions, he appears before all levels of domestic court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, good on his feet and makes concise arguments."

Anna Poole QC
Operating at every level of court, from the Sheriff Court to the ECHR, she has been instructed in a number of high-profile, policy-changing matters. Her broad expertise covers areas such as freedom of information, access to justice, prisoners' rights and child protection. She brings significant experience from her previous role as First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government.
Strengths: "I can't recommend more highly her grasp of the law, excellent presentation and her great communication with clients." "She is very helpful, accurate, diligent and quick at responding to issues."
Recent work: Intervened on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in DM v Fife Council 2016, a challenge to local authority decisions about schooling based on age and disability discrimination.

Morag Ross QC
Routinely assists both respondents and claimants, including public authorities. She is well versed in judicial review proceedings, procurement law, government litigation and complex aspects of EU legislation. Her human rights experience includes cases concerning prison law, discrimination and immigration.
Strengths: "She is very bright, knows her stuff and is very well thought of for all kinds of cases." "She is a very able practitioner and really well regarded by the bench."
Recent work: Acted for the intervener in the Supreme Court in AB v Lord Advocate, a challenge to the provisions of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.


John MacGregor
Respected junior with a strong track record of assisting local government and other public bodies with administrative appeals and judicial review proceedings. He has experience working on human rights issues deriving from immigration and criminal deportation matters. His broad client base includes institutions such as Police Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Strengths: "A very capable advocate." "He is very sensible and has very good legal background knowledge. His preparation work and opinion work is first-rate."
Recent work: Appeared for the petitioners in Cumbria County Council & Others v Lord Advocate. The case concerned securing interim orders under the nobile officium to detain children ordinarily resident in England in secure accommodation in Scotland.

Lesley Irvine
Acts in human rights and civil liberties judicial review and appellate cases for both claimants and respondents. She has particular experience in equalities and EU law work.
Strengths: "She has a very good sense of the underlying rhythm of Human Rights Law." "She's very clever and very able."
Recent work: Appeared for the petitioner in A v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a challenge to exclusion of spouses of refugees from domestic violence concession in section DVILR of the immigration rules.

Daniel Byrne
Represents a variety of petitioners and respondents, including public bodies, individuals facing deportation and the Scottish government. He demonstrates expertise across diverse areas, such as prison, mental health, energy and planning law. He has frequently appeared before the Supreme Court on significant human rights and civil liberties matters.
Strengths: "He is a first-rate advocate and is very persuasive." "He is quick on his feet and very effective."
Recent work: Acted for Clan Child Law, the intervener in AB v The Lord Advocate. The case concerned the rights of children accused of sexual offences and raised issues of the compatibility of Scottish legislation with the ECHR.