The 13th Annual Judicial Review Conference 2019

Sharpen your knowledge of the latest issues in Judicial Review with the help of experts in the field

Friday 6th December 2019, The Cavendish Conference Centre, London


  • Sir Patrick Elias QC was a judge of the Court of Appeal between 2009 and 2017. Prior to that he was President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from January 2006 to December 2008; he had been a judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division, since 1999. He was educated at Cardiff High School, the University of Exeter and King's College, Cambridge, where he took a PhD. Between 1973 and 1984 he was a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and from 1975 to 1984 was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, teaching a variety of subjects, specialising in particular in labour law.  He wrote extensively in that field, including a book on internal trade union law. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple in 1973, took up practice in 1983 and became a QC in 1990.


  • James Maurici QC was called to the Bar in 1996. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. He has appeared in a number of high profile public law cases including: R (Shoesmith) v Ofsted and Others [2011] P.T.S.R. 1459; R (Bradley) v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2009] Q.B. 114; Livingstone v Adjudication Panel for England [2006] H.R.L.R. 45; R v Bow Street Magistrate, ex p. Pinochet (No. 2) [2000] 1 A.C. 119 and the Alconbury litigation [2003] 2 A.C. 295. James is currently acting for the Government on six judicial reviews brought in relation to the Airports NPS which supports a third runway at Heathrow. James has particular experience in cases involving the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and other public sector ombudsmen. James was a founder of Judicial Review (Taylor & Francis) with Michael Fordham QC in 1996 and acted as assistant editor and then co-editor for over 20 years. He is now a consultant editor.

  • Michael Fordham QC practises in public law at Blackstone Chambers. He is author of the Judicial Review Handbook (Hart Publishing), a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and College Lecturer in Administrative Law at Hertford College Oxford. He has been Public Law QC of the Year, Human Rights QC of the Year, Human Rights Lawyer of the Year and winner of the Bar Pro Bono Award. He is Visiting Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and Consultant Editor of the journal Judicial Review (Taylor & Francis).

  • Philippe Sands QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He appears as counsel and advocate before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of Sea, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. He is the author of numerous books including East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (2016) which has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.

  • Jason NE Varuhas is a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate Fellow of the University of Cambridge Centre for Public Law. He was formerly Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Junior Research Fellow, Christ's College and Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. He has published widely in the fields of public law, tort law and remedies, and his work has been cited by courts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His book Damages and Human Rights (Hart Publishing) was awarded the 2016 UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and the 2018 Inner Temple New Authors Book Prize.

  • Stephen Knafler QC practices across the whole area of public law and also undertakes property, planning and commercial cases. He has appeared as an advocate at all levels of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In addition Stephen also advises public authorities, regulators, individuals and commercial operators on policy issues that arise across the whole of public law.

  • Martha Spurrier is a human rights barrister. Before joining Liberty, she specialised in defending access to justice, challenging state failures and fighting for the rights of women, children and disabled people. She has written books about human rights, policing and disability rights. She is a trustee of Medical Justice.