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Human Rights Committee

Tony Fisher

Tony Fisher

Tony Fisher is Chair of the Human Rights Committee and senior partner of Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP, an Essex firm which undertakes a substantial volume of public law work in a number of different areas.

He has acted as an advocate in many cases in Strasbourg under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) including Stubbings v UK: a case involving limitation issues when an adult survivor of sexual abuse pursued remedies against her adoptive family, Bankovic v Nato States: grand chamber case involving jurisdiction to deal with claims arising out of the NATO bombing of the television centre in Belgrade. He has also acted in a large number of cases arising out of the persecution of the Kurdish community in south east Turkey. His has also appeared in the Grand Chamber in in Yumak and Sadak v Turkey, another grand chamber case involving election thresholds in Turkey.

He is a fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and a member of the Advisory Board of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. He has represented the Law Society on many overseas missions whilst a member of the Human Rights Committee, and undertaken a number of trial observations more particularly in Turkey and Jamaica.

Tony is a Law Society Council member and a CEDR accredited mediator and holds an MBA in legal practice. He also works as a commercial lawyer dealing with a large range of company and commercial issues, and acting for a number of charities. Mr. Fisher is also a member of the Law Society International Committee.

Juliya Arbisman

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Juliya Arbisman was previously a special adviser to the UN Global Compact on anti-corruption and is heavily involved in the Law Society’s work on business and human rights. She writes, speaks and conducts research in this area, including as a Research Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Legal Research Fellow at McGill University’s Center for International Sustainable Development Law. She is also active as a coach and judge of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

A member of the Committee since 2011, she brings a decade-long experience with human rights courts and institutions in a broad spectrum of cases on fair trials, protection of property and freedom of expression. As a fluent Russian speaker, Ms. Arbisman frequently advises on Russian matters, including commercial, human rights, and sanctions claims. She has collaborated with many international NGOs on strategic litigation, human rights training and justice sector reforms concerning Russia.

Ms. Arbisman is Counsel at Amsterdam & Partners LLP, a London and Washington D.C. dispute resolution boutique, where she focuses on international arbitration and international public law. Previously as an associate at Clifford Chance LLP she represented the claimants in Chagos Islanders v UK and in related judicial review proceedings.

Courtenay Barklem

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Courtenay Barklem is a Partner at McCue & Partners LLP. He is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales (solicitor-advocate) and California (attorney). He is an authority on human rights and labour law, and has specialisms in commercial law and justice sector reform. He regularly acts as litigator and/or advocate in employment tribunals.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Baklem specialised in high-value, complex construction and infrastructure disputes in the High Court, international arbitrations, and other forms of ADR (including expert determination, mediation, adjudication) working for several large and/or multi-national construction companies, including a secondment in-house for a UK PLC. During this time, Courtenay also took a sabbatical (funded by the UK Foreign Office) working on death penalty litigation in South Carolina, USA, which featured in the Foreign Office’s 2003 Annual Human Rights Report.

More recently, Mr. Baklem has specialised in human rights, public interest and employment/discrimination law. From 2007 to 2012, Courtenay was the Human Rights Adviser at the Law Society of England and Wales, working on international justice sector reform. Courtenay is currently a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee and is on the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights Project. He has an LLM in Human Rights Law from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Professor Sara Chandler

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Professor Sara Chandler is a past chair of the Human Rights Committee, and is a solicitor specialising in Housing (Landlord & Tenant) Law. She is a past chair of the Law Society’s Housing Law Committee, and since 2002 has represented voluntary sector solicitors on the Law Society Council.

Professor Chandler has worked for 15 years in Law Centres, 5 years in legal aid firms and 11 years in University law clinics, taking up her current post in 2012 in the Legal Advice Clinic at London South Bank University. She trains law students in their practical skills in the Legal Advice Clinic and also on a Help Desk at Lambeth County Court.

She is President of the Human Rights Commission of the Federation of European Bar Associations. For over 6 years in the 1970’s she worked with refugees from Chile, and other Latin American countries. She is Spanish speaking and Chair of the Colombia Caravana UK Lawyers Group, an international network of lawyers who support access to justice and human rights lawyers in Colombia. In April 2014 Sara won the LUKAS Human Rights Worker of the Year award, awarded by the Spanish and Latin American community in the UK.

Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin is an officer in the Army Legal Services. He has deployed to Kosovo and the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan with each theatre providing different human rights challenges and experiences. He holds a Masters in Public International Law from King’s College London with a dissertation on Joint General Comments by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Bodies. Mr. Larkin has trained, and advised, military personnel on both humanitarian and human rights law. He gained Higher Rights of Audience (Crim) with the Army Prosecuting Authority.

Alastair Logan

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Alastair Logan has a Law degree from University College, London and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1968. Throughout his career he worked as a high street sole practitioner solicitor in Guildford specialising in crime, matrimonial and general litigation. Mr. Logan has provided legal services to ethnic minority groups and undertook Legal Aid work from 1968 to 2000. He has defended those charged with terrorist crime, pioneered prisoner law, undertaken Human Rights cases in the ECHR and ECtHR. He is a trained mediator and pioneered training for solicitors in family and commercial mediation. He represented all save two of the victims of miscarriages of justice before the Judicial Inquiry into the cases of the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven having been involved with these cases since 1974. Mr. Logan has given evidence to the Royal Commission on the Criminal Justice system and to a Judicial Tribunal in Toronto on systemic issues in miscarriages of justice.

Mr. Logan has been a member of many committees including those setting standards, defining ethics, creating policy and complaints systems for Family Mediators and managing the Duty Solicitors Scheme. He was a member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme from 1980 to 2006 and a Board Member of the Legal Complaints Service from 2006 to 2010. He sits on the Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Group. He is a Generalist Adviser for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. He is a member of LawWorks. Mr. Logan was appointed an OBE for services to justice in 2002.

Glyn Maddocks

Glyn Maddocks works as a consultant solicitor in the prominent South Wales firm, Gabb and Co.

Mr. Maddocks was named Welsh Lawyer of the Year in 2005. He is an accredited mediator, honorary senior fellow at City University; he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Professional Negligence and is a member of a number of other professional organisations, including the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers. He is also a consultant to Scott Moncrieff and Bowden Jones based in London and Cardiff. He was formerly a partner with Gabb and Co for twenty years and has developed a strong reputation and a considerable level of expertise taking on difficult, unusual and high-profile cases, many of which involved human rights issues.

Mr. Maddocks was one of the initial members of Inquests Lawyers Group and has acted for many families whose relatives have died in prison or in police custody, or as a result of the activities of public authorities. He is also an experienced clinical negligence practitioner and has dealt with cases involving issues of public law. He has successfully taken cases to the European Court and in addition, he has developed expertise in acting for victims of miscarriages of justice (in many cases acting pro bono). Glyn has written and commented on this subject and is in the process of establishing a charity, the Centre for Criminal Appeals, which will assist victims of miscarriages of justice obtain high quality representation from experienced practitioners able to undertake a detailed and thorough investigation of the case, as well as provide legal expertise.

Many of his cases have been reported, the most prominent of which was R v Paul Blackburn (2005). Glyn acted for Paul Blackburn for over twelve years and was instrumental in ensuring that the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred his case to the Court of Appeal, which quashed his conviction for attempted murder after Paul, who was fifteen at the time of his conviction, had been in prison for nearly 25 years.

Amrita Mukherjee

Dr Amrita Mukherjee is the Director of the LLM programmes in International Law and International and European Human Rights at the School of Law, University of Leeds. She obtained her LL.B (Honours) Law degree from the University of London (Queen Mary University), an LL.M Masters in International law and international human rights law (University of Nottingham) and a PhD in international human rights law (University of Nottingham).

Her research has ranged from the prohibition of torture in relation to states’ obligations under treaties and the Charter and the monitoring of human rights through national and international bodies, to the rights Adivasi communities in the Indian state of Jharkhand and more recently the work of national and international courts in relation to universal jurisdiction and immunities. She has also been involved with research which relates to legal empowerment, access to justice and international development issues.

Ms. Mukherjee has worked with legal practitioners, both solicitors and barristers working in human rights and humanitarian law and presented papers at conferences organised by the professions as well as academic conferences in the UK and abroad. She has also worked with organisations such as the UNA-UK as an advisor and the National Human Rights Commission in India. She is an associate editor of the International Journal of Human Rights.

Anthony Robinson

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Anthony Robinson is passionate about helping individuals & organisations to deal with difficult and sensitive legal issues. He is a leading lawyer and mediator specialising in equality, human rights, employment, education, regulatory and public law and has dealt with some of the most significant cases in these areas over the last 20 years.

Mr. Robinson has over 20 years of experience of leadership including major change management, business process reviews and in improving professional standards. He was one of the founders of Equinet - the umbrella organisation for European equality bodies.He also led the Commission for Racial Equality to become the first & only civil service organisation to achieve the Lexcel standard. Mr. Robinson is a CEDR accredited mediator, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Robinson managed the outsourced contract for the EHRC’s Equalities Mediation Service and was responsible for the strategic management of the Legal Grants Programme of funding to 92 law centres and advice giving bodies. Mr. Robinson is a Prince 2 qualified project manager, a Lexcel consultant and also lead editor of the recently published Blackstones Guide to the Equality Act 2010.

Roger Sahota

Roger Sahota

The first solicitor to conduct a war crimes trial in the Hague, Roger Sahota is a criminal lawyer with an internationally recognised reputation for taking on challenging and complex cases.

Mr. Sahota finished his training at a top London criminal law firm and six years later set up his own practice in 2002. Since then Roger’s domestic casework experience encompassed a wide range of serious and complex SFO cases, fraud, murder, drug and terrorism cases as well as international criminal defence and regulatory work. In 2006, Mr. Sahota left London to work as defence counsel in the Prosecutor v Prlic and the Prosecutor v Charles Taylor, two of the signature cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UNICTY) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The Prlic case is one of the most complex criminal prosecutions ever staged, involving six accused charged with 26 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, related to approximately 70 crime sites. In the course of a five year trial, 9,800 exhibits were tendered, generating more than 1,000,000 pages of evidence and the testimony of over 400 witnesses considered. Mr Taylor, the former President of Liberia faced 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over his alleged role in the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Roger has also acted for General Zdravko Tolimir, the Head of Intelligence for the Bosnian Serb army reporting directly to Ratko Mladic.

Since returning to full time domestic practice in the UK in 2013 with BSB Solicitors Mr. Sahota has specialised in fraud, business crime and human rights. In addition to his international profile, Mr. Sahota is one of small number of solicitors to have conducted reported cases before the Court of Appeal as well as judicial review and confiscation appeals before the Admin Court and High Court.

Mr. Sahota was recognised as Solicitor Advocate of the Year in the 2011 Law Society Excellence Awards and appointed as a judge in the 2012 competition. He also writes and lectures on current affairs and criminal law issues. He has prepared articles for the Guardian, the Criminal Justice Weekly, Progress magazine and the LCCSA bulletin.He is often asked to comment on legal issues for media outlets such as the Law Society Gazette, Observer, BBC News and Channel 4 and Al-jazeera.

As a member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee since 2012, Roger delivered and organised the inaugural International Advocacy Course for the Law Society Human Rights Committee in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 2013. He has also chaired meetings discussing the work of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon. In 2014 he visited Egypt as part of a delegation sponsored by the International Coalition for Freedom and rights (ICFR) to examine reports of human rights violations in that country.

Alex Wilks

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Alex Wilks is a UK-qualified lawyer with a broad range of domestic and international human rights experience. He is currently justice advisor at the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit. He was previously principal programme lawyer at the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, where he ran various justice-sector projects in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Between 2007–2008, Mr. Wilks was the IBA legal specialist in Afghanistan where he worked to establish Afghanistan’s first national bar association.

Mr. Wilks speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. He is also an honorary member of the Afghan Bar Association.

Angela Jackman

Angela Jackman is a Partner at Simpson Millar, specialising in mental capacity law, education law and public law. She is also a Senior Lecturer and CPD Consultant at The City Law School. She obtained a BA (Hons) from Balliol College, Oxford. After qualifying, she worked at Hackney Community Law Centre for a number of years, specialising in immigration and education law before moving to private practice.

Ms. Jackman ’s legal practice has focused on representing some of the most disadvantaged individuals in our society, including children with special educational needs and individuals who lack mental capacity. She works particularly closely with statutory advocates to ensure that individuals’ Article 5 and 8 rights are at the forefront of proceedings and she has had conduct of reported Court of Protection cases which have been of significant wider public interest. Ms. Jackman has conduct of the landmark Supreme Court case, A and B v Secretary of State for Health, regarding the inability of women from Northern Ireland to obtain abortion services on the NHS in England. The appeal focuses on arguments under Articles 8 and 14 of the ECHR.

Ms. Jackman co-wrote "Practical Education Law", an education law text, published by the Law Society in 2005. She co-writes regular education law updates for Legal Action Group and has written numerous articles for legal journals, including New Law Journal and Education Law Journal. Ms. Jackman is the Secretary of the Education Law Practitioners’ Group which spearheads responses to government consultations on education law and legal aid issues. She is also a mentor for Black Lawyers Directory and an expert panel member for the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

Ms. Jackman was given an award for Outstanding Achievement at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Silver Jubilee Awards Ceremony in June 2009, was named “Times Lawyer of the Week” in 2011 and was Highly Commended at the 2014 Law Society Excellence Awards in the category for Solicitor of the Year- Private Practice. She is cited as an individual leader in Chambers and Partners 2016 and Legal 500 2016 in the categories of Education, Court of Protection and Civil Liberties.

John Wadham

John Wadham was until recently the Executive Director of INTERIGHTS (the Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights). For six years he was General Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and for four years the Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Between 1995 and 2003 he was the Director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties). He also worked for several law centres in South London and in private practice. He is a solicitor and studied at the College of Law, Surrey University and the London School of Economics. He is a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University; a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a Honorary Lecturer at University of Leicester. He is a co-author of the Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act (OUP), the Blackstone’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (OUP), the Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act (OUP) and many other articles and publications.

Currently he is acting as a freelance human expert and equality for the Council of Europe and on its behalf in Albania, Moldova and Ukraine. In the UK he is providing strategic and legal advice on all the recent political party’s proposals for the repeal of the Human Rights Act, withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights and the creation of a British Bill of Rights.

Nick Howard

Nick Howard is a lawyer for the Welsh Government in Cardiff. Mr. Howard trained and qualified as a solicitor in local government. He was a member of the Welsh Government’s legal Bill team advising Welsh and UK Ministers during the passage of the Government of Wales Act 2006 through Parliament. In his current role, Nick provides advice to the Counsel General (the Law Officer for Wales) and to the Welsh Ministers on devolution and legislative competence issues, including compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights and the rule of law.

Mr. Howard was formerly subject leader for Public Law at the University of Law, and Principal Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of South Wales.

Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper is a junior solicitor who specialises in Family Law and has a special interest in Human Rights law. Ms. Cooper is JLD Observer on the Human Rights Committee and assists the committee with research and analysis.

Sue Willman

Sue Willman established Pierce Glynn's public law and human rights law team, now supplemented by Deighton Guedalla’s team which has an impressive reputation, reflected in the latest Legal 500 and Chambers Directory rankings for both firms. Sue is one of the few top ranked lawyers for civil liberties and human rights, and administrative and public law in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories.

Inspired by her experiences of working with human rights defenders in Colombia, she is currently working on challenging the actions of extractive companies in Colombia. Sue has a particular experience of using UK law to tackle torture. This work is currently focused on using universal jurisdiction to seek prosecutions in the UK of those who commit acts of torture abroad. Sue continues to challenge civil liberties.