Meet the Speakers
Sir Patrick Elias
(Former judge of the Court of Appeal)
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
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  P.T.S.R. 1459; R (Bradley) v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions  Q.B. 114; Livingstone v Adjudication Panel for England  H.R.L.R. 45; R v Bow Street Magistrate, ex p. Pinochet (No. 2)  1 A.C. 119 and the Alconbury litigation  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.
Professor Alison L Young
(University of Cambridge)
Alison L Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College. She mostly researches in public law, looking in particular at constitutional law and the constitutional impact of Brexit. She is the author of Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act, and Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution and recently co-edited, with Liz Fisher and Jeff King, The Foundation and Futures of Public Law, a collection of essays in honour of Paul Craig.
Professor David Feldman
(University of Cambridge)
David Feldman QC (Hon), FBA is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Fellow of Downing College; he is also Academic Associate at 39 Essex Chambers.
The Hon. Mr Justice Fordham
(The High Court of England and Wales)
The Hon. Mr Justice Fordham was for 25 years a leading public law barrister and QC at the Bar of England and Wales. He is now a High Court Judge.
Jonathan Moffett QC
Jonathan Moffett QC is widely recognised as a leading public law silk, with a practice that has an emphasis on the fields of regulatory law, education law, environmental law, and human rights and civil liberties. He has particular expertise in the interface between public law and human rights, and he has led on human rights cases in the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. The legal directories describe Jonathan as having “a perfect blend of razor-sharp intellect, strategic oversight and excellent client skills” and as being “a skilful opponent and masterful tactician”. Jonathan is the editor of the sections on judicial review in The White Book, he is a co-author of the leading practitioners’ text, Judicial Review: Principles and Procedure (OUP), and he is the Vice Chair of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.
Professor Steve Peers
(University of Essex)
Steve Peers is Professor of European Law at the University of Essex. He has written widely on European Law and has acted as a consultant to the European Commission, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the European Union and the European Parliament.
Professor Jeff King
(University College London)