11th December 2020

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

    (Landmark Chambers)

    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.

  • The Hon Sir Michael Fordham

    (High Court Judge)

    Mike Fordham is a High Court Judge. He was formerly a barrister and QC, was Human Rights Lawyer of the Year and winner of the Bar Pro Bono Award. He was also College Lecturer in Administrative Law at Hertford College Oxford and Visiting Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He writes the Judicial Review Handbook (7th edition 2020). He is President of St Albans Hockey Club and likes canal towpaths.

  • Dr Charlotte O’Brien

    (University of York)

  • Professor Alison Young

    (University of Cambridge)

  • Alastair Sutton QC

    (Brick Court Chambers)

  • Clive Sheldon QC


    Clive Sheldon QC specialises in public law and employment law, with particular expertise on the cross-over between these two areas of law. Clive appears regularly in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.  He represented the Secretary of State for Health and Social care in the recent case brought by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service to clarify the abortion time limit ([2020] 1 WLR 3240). Clive represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the recent “benefit cap” case in the Supreme Court: DA [2019] UKSC 21; and represented the London Borough of Haringey in Moseley the leading case on the principles for a lawful consultation: [2014] UKSC 56. Clive is currently instructed by the Football Association to carry out a review into non-recent child sex abuse in football. Clive sits part-time in the Administrative Court as a Deputy High Court judge.