We are delighted to welcome Leonie James back to Chambers following her secondment to the UK Supreme Court working as the judicial assistant to Lord Stephens for the 2022 – 2023 legal year.

She worked on appeals before the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and on applications for permission to appeal in a wide variety of areas of law and jurisdictions.

This involved working of complex cases at the very highest level including:

    • A seminal family law case, Unger v Ul-Hasan [2023] UKSC 22, in which the Supreme Court determined whether further proceedings can be taken following the death of a party in an application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.
    • Widely-reported cases of constitutional significance such as whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate for the holding of a referendum on Scottish independence, and a challenge to the lawfulness of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
    • Cases involving human rights issues such as a state’s positive obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the compatibility of counter-terrorism legislation with Articles 5 and 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
    • Cases covering a range of topics including private international law, tax law, and tort law.

She returns to Chambers with a unique insight into judicial decision making and appeals before the UK Supreme Court.

For further information regarding Leonie’s availability, please contact a member of the clerking team.

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