People

Richard Gordon QC

Year of Call: 1972 Silk: 1994

Clerk: Ian Moyler ian.moyler@brickcourt.co.uk

Richard Gordon QC

Year of Call: 1972 Silk: 1994

Clerk: Ian Moyler   ian.moyler@brickcourt.co.uk

"With him you get the right answer and the best advice - you know where you are, both with him and the case."
- Chambers & Partners 2015

"Imaginative and very bright, with a string of important cases at the highest level."
- The Legal 500 2014

overview

Richard Gordon is widely recognised as one of the leading silks in Administrative and Public Law, Constitutional Law, EU Law and Human Rights/Civil Liberties. Increasingly, his work encompasses public law issues arising in competition, commercial regulatory and energy cases. He acts in international jurisdictions at the highest level as well as in the UK.

Much of his work is at appellate level but he also acts at first instance in cases (whether involving public law or not) engaging important or complex points of law.

During his career Richard has won landmark victories in cases that have changed the law. He won the Bournewood Case in Strasbourg which led to amendments to the Mental Capacity Act and in Coughlan he secured a Court of Appeal judgment that brought in the doctrine of substantive legitimate expectation. He has won victories in Europe over the illegality of NHS waiting lists (Watts v UK), legal protection for wild birds under the Birds Directive (the RSPB Case), and the need for environmental impact assessments for old planning permissions (Wells v UK). Most recently this year in the Supreme Court he won an important case involving the deprivation of liberty of persons lacking capacity which overturned three different judgments of the Court of Appeal. This year has also seen important wins in cases in Cayman (for the Cayman Water Authority) and for UK Power in a major energy case about consumer ‘switching’ rights at Heathrow.

 Richard has acted for Claimants and Defendants in public law cases spanning all areas whether in the field of environmental law, commercial, pharma regulation, sanctions, procurement, telecommunications, pensions and numerous others. He possesses considerable constitutional expertise and specialises in advising clients (such as the BBC, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Comptroller and Auditor General) on appearances before select committees and disclosure issues. He is himself a special adviser to a select committee.

He holds and has held a number of visiting senior academic appointments and has authored several works on public and constitutional law, civil liberties and EU law. His most recent work is the 2nd edition of EU Law in Judicial Review (OUP).

He acts for a very wide range of clients that include individuals, large public bodies, local authorities, and corporations. Richard is a trustee of the newly established Kentridge Foundation for the promotion of the rule of law in Africa and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Constitution Society. He has recently been appointed as a Special Legal Adviser to the Public Administration Select Committee of the House of Commons headed by Bernard Jenkin MP.

practice areas

Experience/Areas of Practice

  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • European Law and Competition
  • Human Rights

Richard acts for a wide range of clients in all areas of public law, constitutional law, EU law and competition and commercial law (where public law issues arise). Examples of his expertise in different areas are given below

Public Law

Examples of Public Law Cases involving Commercial Regulation

  • UK Power v. Ofgem (successful judicial review on behalf of UK Power resulting in quashing of decision on electricity supply by Ofgem).
  • Cayman Water Company v. Cayman Water Authority and Another (successful defence on behalf of the Cayman Water Authority in judicial review proceedings before the Cayman Grand Court: the application was dismissed).
  • R (Leyton Orient) v.Olympic Park Legacy Company (successful defence on behalf of Olympic Park Legacy Company in judicial review proceedings brought by Leyton Orient of the Company’s procurement exercise for the Olympic Stadium ‘legacy’: the application was dismissed).
  • Western Power v. Ofgem (currently representing UK Power as an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought by Western Power against a regulatory decision by Ofgem on the losses incentive mechanism for electricity distribution).
  • R (Heathrow Hydrant) v. Heathrow Airport Limited (currently instructed in a judicial review against Heathrow Airport of ground-handling regulations).
  • NERL v. DfT (advised the Civil Aviation Authority in respect of a threatened judicial review over pensions calculations by the DfT/CAA).
  • Environment Agency v WEEE Light (successful defence of WEEE Light against test case criminal prosecution by the Environment Agency: the case was dismissed iun the Crown Court at a preliminary hearing).
  • R (Scottish Power) v Electricity Markets Authority (successful defence of National Grid as interested party in a judicial review claim brought by Scottish Power against the regulator).
  • R (Rockware Glass) v Chester CC (successful judicial review of grant of environmental discharge consents to rival glass manufacturer: decision quashed).
  • R (Nationl GridTransco) v Environment Agency (successful judicial review in a leapfrog appeal to the House of Lords against a regulatory decision of the Environment Agency in respect of successor liability for contaminated land).
  • R -v- Financial Services Commissioner ex p. X and Others (acting successfully for the Financial Services Commissioner in Gibraltar on appeal in a judicial review challenge to regulatory disclosure).
  • R (Exoteric Gas Solutions) -v- Transco 2003 (acting successfully for Transco on a challenge brought against the Secretary of State relating to alleged monopoly abuse by Transco).
  • R -v- Securities and Futures Authority, ex p. Fleurose (successful defence of SFA in a challenge by an arbitrage trader to the fairness of the FSA disciplinary procedures).
  • Yukos -v- FSA , London Stock Exchange & Rosneft (succesfully resisting on behalf of the London Stock Exchange Yukos’ application for permission to apply for judicial review of. IPO of the Rosneft group of companies )
  • Needler Financial Services v.Taber (successfully defending Mr Taber on damages claim in the Chancery Division flowing from building society demutualisation – important test case for the FSA Ombudsman under the then new test case procedure).

Examples of Public Law Cases involving Human Rights and Civil Liberties

  • P&Q v Surrey CC and P v Cheshire West (successful appearance before the Supreme Court in landmark cases involving deprivation of liberty and incapacity: three rulings of the Court of Appeal in different cases overturned).
  • Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill (acting for National Assembly of Wales in first reference to the Supreme Court raising issues of compatibility between the Bill and Article 1 Protocol1 ECHR).
  • Ubamaka v Secretary for Justice (major victory on point of principle in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong resulting in ruling that those subject to deportation laws are, as far as their core fundamental rights are concerned, protected).
  • Norris v.Secretary of State (successful extradition appeal on behalf of Mr Norris raising issues under Article 7 ECHR  in establishing the absence of any crime in price fixing pror to the Enterprise Act)
  • Belfast CC v Misbehavin’ Limited (successfully acting for Belfast City Council in the House of Lords in a sex establishment licensing appeal raising ECHR issues)
  • R (Sacker) -v- HM Coroner for West Yorkshire February (acting successfully for Claimant in appeal before the House of Lords relating to the right to life under Article 2 ECHR).
  • Dobson v. Thames Water Utilities Ltd (successful appeal in Human Rights Act damages claims for nuisance:Article 8 ECHR issues)
  • G v E  (successfully represented the Official Solicitor in a major case in the Court of Appeal  involving issues on incapacity and Article 5 ECHR under the Mental Capacity Act 2005)
  • TTM v. London Borough of Hackney  (successfully acting for a detained patient  in an important case in the Court of Appeal involving the relationship between Article 5 ECHR and habeas corpus)
  • Wilson -v- First County Trust  (successfully acted for a number of insurance companies under the auspices of the Association of British Insurers in major human rights challenge in the House of Lords to commercial consumer legislation).
  • R (Munjaz) -v- Secretary of State  (successful challenge on behalf of MIND in the House of Lords to seclusion in mental hospitals).
  • Peck -v- United Kingdom (successful Strasbourg challenge for breach of privacy under Article 8 ECHR relating to use of CCTV).
  • Roche v. UK (successful Strasbourg challenge to ex serviceman’sinability to claim for damages: breach of Article 8 ECHR).
  • Instructed to advise over human rights issues being raised before the Icelandic Courts in respect of the Emergency Legislation over Insolvency.
  • HL v UK (successful Strasbourg challenge to detention of incapacitated mental patient: this case laid the foundation of the Mental Capacity Act 2007).
  • Glass -v- United Kingdom (acted successfully in a Strasbourg challenge over ‘do not resuscitate' procedures in a UK hospital)
  • Roth GMBH -v- Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs  (Successful challenge to the S/S ‘clandestines’ policy as being in breach of Article 1 Protocol 1 and Article 6 ECHR)
  • R v N&E Devon Health Authority, ex p. Coughlan (successful appearance in the Court of Appeal with landmark judgment on substantive legitimate expectation and the delimitation between health and social care: Article 8 ECHR issues engaged).

Examples of Public Law Cases/Advisory Work in Other Discrete Areas

Energy and Natural resources

  • R (Western Power Distribution Ltd.) v. Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (potentially important application for judicial review by Western Power under the Electricity Directive: acting for UK Power as an interested party).
  • UK Power v. Ofgem (successful judicial review on behalf of UK Power resulting in quashing of decision on electricity supply by Ofgem).
  • Western Power v. Ofgem (currently representing UK Power as an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought by Western Power against a regulatory decision by Ofgem on the losses incentive mechanism for electricity distribution).
  • R (Heathrow Hydrant) v. Heathrow Airport Limited (currently instructed in a judicial review against Heathrow Airport of ground-handling regulations).
  • R (Scottish Power) v Electricity Markets Authority (successful defence of National Grid as interested party in a judicial review claim brought by Scottish Power against the regulator).
  • R (Nationl GridTransco) v Environment Agency (successful judicial review in a leapfrog appeal to the House of Lords against a regulatory decision of the Environment Agency in respect of successor liability for contaminated land).
  • R (Exoteric Gas Solutions) -v- Transco 2003 (acting successfully for Transco on a challenge brought against the Secretary of State relating to alleged monopoly abuse by Transco).
  • Currently advising UK Power on Price Control Issues

Environment

  • Bimini Bay Coalition Limited v Prime Minister of the Bahamas (successful defence of developers in ressting interim injunction in judicial review proceedings in the Pricy Council).
  • Envronment Agency v WEEE (successful defence against test case environmental prosecution).
  • Wells v UK (successful environmental challenge before the CJEU on failure to obtain an environmental inpact assessment for old mining permissions).
  • RSPB v UK (successful environmental challenge before the CJEU for breach of the Birds Directive)
  • Hong Kong Link Road Project (Advising in respect of major environmental dredging project in Hong Kong on whether environmental impact assessment is binding as to location of elements of the project).
  • Climate Change Opinion for the Climate Change Committee on Carbon Emissions by the UK.
  • R (Prokopp) -v- LB of Tower Hamlets  (successful defence of challenge to planning decision of LB of Tower Hamlets in respect of the East London Railway Extension).R v North Yorkshire County Council,ex. Brown and Cartwright (successful defence in the House of Lords of quashing of Council decision in the Court of Appeal because of a failure to obtain anenvironmental impact assessment).

Offshore and Foreign Jurisdictions (including the Strasbourg and Luxembourg Courts)

  • Ubamaka v Secretary for Justice (major victory on point of principle in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong resulting in ruling that those subject to deportation laws are, as far as their core fundamental rights are concerned, protected).
  • Cayman Water Company v. Cayman Water Authority and Another (successful defence on behalf of the Cayman Water Authority in judicial review proceedings before the Cayman Grand Court: the application was dismissed).
  • R -v- Financial Services Commissioner ex p. X and Others (acting successfully for the Financial Services Commissioner in the Court of Appeal of Gibraltar on appeal in a judicial review challenge to regulatory disclosure).
  • Engaged in advising in cases in Jersey and in Strasbourg on demands made under Tax Information Exchange Agreements (ongoing).
  • R (Watts) -v- Secretary of State for Health (successfully challenged NHS waiting lists in the Court of Justice of the EU).
  • Wells v UK (successful environmental challenge before the Court of Justice of the uropean Unuon on failure to obtain an environmental inpact assessment for old mining permissions).
  • RSPB v UK (successful environmental challenge before the Court of Justice of the European Union for breach of the Birds Directive)
  • Peck -v- United Kingdom (successful Strasbourg challenge for breach of privacy under Article 8 ECHR relating to use of CCTV).
  • Roche v. UK (successful Strasbourg challenge to ex serviceman’sinability to claim for damages: breach of Article 8 ECHR).
  • HL v UK (successful Strasbourg challenge to detention of incapacitated mental patient: this case laid the foundation of the Mental Capacity Act 2007).
  • Glass -v- United Kingdom (acted successfully in a Strasbourg challenge over ‘do not resuscitate' procedures in a UK hospital)
  • Teixeira v London Borough of Lambeth (2010) (success in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on right of residence under EU law for parent caring for child of migrant worker)
  • Rowse v Secretary for the Civil Service (major judicial review in Hong Kong successfully acting for civil servant disciplined for failing to oversee the budget for the Harborfest – a range of natural justice issues including unlawful delegation, unfair process and failure to allow legal representation: decision quashed)
  • Has appeared in three telecommunications judicial review cases in Hong Kong.
  • Has appeared in other cases in the Hong Kong Court including before the Court of Final Appeal in a case on the privilege against self incrimination.
  • Hong Kong Link Road Project (Advising in respect of major environmental dredging project in Hong Kong on whether environmental impact assessment is binding as to location of elements of the project).
  • Advised Hong Kong housing corporation on new IDO - in successful judicial review defence)

Constitutional Law

  • R (Wheeler) v Office of the Prime Minister and Home Secretary (major constitutional EU challenge to the Government’s proposed opt-in to the European Arrest Warrant scheme).
  • Re the Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith M.P. (acted successfully on behalf of Iain Duncan Smith - former Leader of the Conservative opposition) in the Mawer Inquiry).
  • Acted successfully for Lord Rennard over his recent suspension from the Liberal-Democrat Party: the case was eventually dealt with through mediation.
  • Acetd as independent legal adviser to the Minister for Justice on fundamental rights.
  • Appointed as Special Adviser to the Public Administration Select Committee.
  • Advice give over appearances before Select Committees (clients include the BBC, Financial Conduct Authority,Bank,  and Comptroller and Auditor-General).
  • Acted for the President of Fiji in judicial review challenge to the legality of his appointment of the Prime Minister.
  • Advice given to Lord Foster over constitutional issues.

Health and Social Care

  • R v N&E Devon Health Authority, ex p., Coughlan (successfully acted for Pamela Coughlan in ground bvreaking case over the borderline between health and social care).
  • R (Grogan) v. Bexley NHS Trust (successful post Coughlan claim relating to liability of NHS to fund continuing health care).
  • R (Watts)v UK (successful challenge in the EU Court of Justice to the legality of NHS waiting lists)
  • Curretly instructed in a major judicial review claim in Wales on behalf of 23 local authorities where the liability of all the health authorities and local authorities in Wales is being challenged.
  • R (Schofield) v Secretary of State for Health (successful judicial review challenge to GP's pensions restrictions).
  • P&Q v Surrey CC and P v Cheshire West (successful appearance before the Supreme Court in landmark cases involving deprivation of liberty and incapacity: three rulings of the Court of Appeal in different cases overturned).
  • Barry v Gloucste County Council (major House of Lords case on resource allocation issues over community care provision).
  • HL v UK (successful Strasbourg challenge to detention of incapacitated mental patient: this case laid the foundation of the Mental Capacity Act 2007).
  • Glass -v- United Kingdom (acted successfully in a Strasbourg challenge over ‘do not resuscitate' procedures in a UK hospital)
  • Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill (acting for National Assembly of Wales in first reference to the Supreme Court raising issues of compatibility between the Bill and Article 1 Protocol1 ECHR)Major written advice given to the Equality and Human Rights Commission as part of its high profile investigation into the Home Care system in England and Wales

Examples of Public Law Work in Other Areas

  • Instructed successfully for the Olympic Park Legacy Company in both Olympic legacy judicial review cases brought by (respectively) Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient which involved major procurement and state aid issues.
  • Actd for Pressbof over the Press Charter in a case which raised important media issues under Article10 ECHR.
  • Has advised on the legality of sanctions regulations and appeared in cases before the English Courts involving sanctions.
  • Has acted in/advised on  a number of cases involving pharma regulation.
  • Has acted in a number of extradition judicial review cases including two cases (Mucelli and Norris) in the House of Lords.
  • Has acted in cases involving the interplay between public international law and judicial review.
  • Acts regularly for and against local authorities.
  • Currently acting for major internet corporations over privacy issues.
  • Has advised on and acted in a number of telecommunications disputes in the UK and Hong Kong.

EU/Competition

Examples of EU Law cases and advisory work

  • R (Western Power Distribution Ltd.) v. Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (potentially important application for judicial review by Western Power under the Electricity Directive: acting for UK Power as an interested party).
  • UK Power v. Ofgem (successful judicial review on behalf of UK Power resulting in quashing of decision on electricity supply by Ofgem: EU Electricity Directive at the centre of the judicial review).
  • R (Wheeler) v Office of the Prime Minister and Home Secretary (major constitutional EU challenge to the Government’s proposed opt-in to the European Arrest Warrant scheme).
  • R (Lymington) River Association Limited v Secretary of State for Communitis and Local Government (judicial review engaging environmental EU issues relating to European site designations and proper construction of Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive.
  • Accord Healthcare Limited v Secretary of State for the Home Department (judicial review challenge of the Secretary of State’srefusal to grant licences to import controlled pharmaceutical products –compromise reached after proceedings launched: free movement provisions under Articles 30 and 36 engaged).
  • NERL v DfT (defending the CAA successfully on a threatened judicial review of pensions calculations under EU Regulations – claim compromised without proceedings being launched).
  • R (Heathrow Hydrant) v. Heathrow Airport Limited (currently instructed in judicial review challenge against HAL for alleged violation of EU Directive 96/67 on ground handling).
  • Roth GMBH -v- Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs 2002 (Successful challenge to the S/S clandestines policy : free movement provisions of the EU Treaty engaged)R (Countryside Alliance) v AG (instructed by the Countryide Alliance in the huntigban case in all courts: EU free movement issues engaged).
  • Teixeira v London Borough of Lambeth (2010) (success in Luxembourg on right of residence under EU law for parent caring for child of migrant worker)
  • Watts v United Kingdom (successful challenge in the European Court of Justice  to NHS waiting lists founded on violation of free movement of servicesNorbrook Laboratories v Veterinary Medicines Directorate (important EU case in Northern Ireland on effect of EU Directive on veterinary medicinessWells v UK (successful challenge to planning decision without environmental impact assessment before the Court of Justice of the EU)
  • RSPB v UK (successful environmental challenge before the CJEU for breach of the Birds Directive)
  • Barry v London Borough of Southwark (successfully acted in the Court of Appeal for Appellant in challenge to free movement of workers ruling)
  • Pryce v London Borough of Southwark (acted successfully for the Appellant in the Court of Appeal in a post Zambrano free movement of workers challenge)R (Phillip Morris) v Secretary of State (acted for Philip Morris in the challenge brought by a number of tobacco companies to the point of sale display ban decision)
  • R v North Yorkshire County Council,ex. Brown and Cartwright (successful defence in the House of Lords of quashing of Council decision in the Court of Appeal because of a failure to obtain anenvironmental impact assessment in breach of EU Directive).

Competition Cases

  • Groupe Eurotunnel SA v CMA (major case before the CAT involving a judicial review challebge to a merger decision on a remitted hearing before the CMA).
  • UK Power v Ofgem (successful major judicial review involving competition issues under the EU access to electiricity Directive)
  • Western Power v Ofgem (currently instructed in judicial review to Ofgem’s ruling over the loss incentive mechanism scheme in electricity distribution: acting for competitor to main Claimant)
  • CMA Market Investigation into the Private Motor Insurance Market (acted successfully for credit hire company n persuading the CMA to do a U-turn and revserse its provisional findings as to substance and remedy).
  • Virgin Media and B Sky v. Competition Commission and Secretary of State (media plurality case; successfully acted for Virgin Media in CAT and (in substantive result) the Court of Appeal).
  • Tobacco Litigation for OFT  (advising the OFT following the litigation in the CAT and in the judicial review proceedings instituted thereafter).
  • Dairy Litigation for OFT (advising the OFT in its litigation in the CAT).
  • TVB v Communications Authority (Advising) Competition Hong Kong (advising TVB in a competition judicial review in Hong Kong)
  • OFCOM’s Dispute Resolution Guidelines (advising BT on OFCOM’s dispute resolution guidelines).
  • Hanson and Lafarge v. Competition Commission (instructed on behalf of Hanson in competition judicial review in the CAT).
  • Has advised the Competition Commisson on bias issues.

Qualifications & Further Information

Degree

MA Oxon
LLM London

Career

Visiting Professor of Law in the Faculty of Laws, University College, London (1994 - )
Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (2011 - )
Honorary Visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008 - 2011)
Visiting Senior Fellow at Auckland University & Melbourne University (2008)
Special Advocate (2004 -2010)
Bencher of the Middle Temple (2003)
Recorder of the Crown Court since 2001
Executive Committee Administrative Law Bar Association 1991-2000
Christ Church, Oxford 1967-1970 (Open St. Cyres Scholar in Modern History).
Richard Gordon QC is in Category 1 of the Administrative Law Section of Chambers & Partners Directory and The Legal 500. He also starred in those directories for his expertise in Human Rights, EU/Competition and environmental law.

Publications

EU Law in Judicial Review 2014 (2nd ed)
Judicial Review in Hong Kong 2014 (2nd ed)
Britain and The EU: New Perspectives (OUP/Constitution Society 2014)
Parliamentary Privilege: Evolution or codification? (Constitution Society 2013)
Select Committees and Coercive Powers - Clarity or Confusion (Constitution Society 2012)
Repairing British Politics - A Blueprint for Constitutional Change (Hart Publishing, 2010)
Judicial Review in Hong Kong (Lexis Nexis 2009)
EC Law in Judicial Review (OUP, 2007)
Contributor to Building the UK's New Supreme Court - National and Comparative Perspectives (OUP, 2004)
Judicial Review in the New Millennium (Sweet & Maxwell 2003: ed and contr)
The Strasbourg Case Law - Leading Cases from the EHRR (Sweet & Maxwell, 2001)
Consultant Editor 'UK Human Rights Reports' (Sweet & Maxwell, 2000 - )
Editor in Chief: Crown Office Digest
The Human Rights Act 1998 and Judicial Review (Cavendish Publications, 2000: co-auth)
Human Rights in the United Kingdom (OUP, 1997: co-ed)
Local Authority Powers (Monitor Press, 1996)
Judicial Review and Crown Office Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 1999: ed)
Judicial Review: Law and Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd ed 1996)

Recent Talks and Articles

Fixing Standards of Review of Regulatory Decision-Making

Two Dogmas of Proportionality

Judicial Review Across the Common Law World - Some Lessons from a Comparative Survey  Given to Attorney-General's chambers in Singapore

Directory Quotes

  • "He is highly inventive, and can find an argument where some others can't." "With him you get the right answer and the best advice - you know where you are, both with him and the case." (Chambers & Partners 2015) 
  • "He is quick to respond and collaborative, and his drafting is of the highest quality." "He has definitely got the ear of the court, and if you are instructing him, they will listen to what you have to say." (Chambers & Partners 2015) 
  • "Meticulous in his preparation and authoritative in his advice." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "Very strong on the judicial review aspects of competition cases." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "Advises on the public law aspects of environmental law and is very knowledgeable in this area." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "Imaginative and very bright, with a string of important cases at the highest level." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "provides innovative and flexible advice on complex legal issues at very short notice." "He shows complete mastery in cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "One of the first ports of call for anything involving human rights." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "He is pretty hot. He is a very good lawyer and when he is acting as an advocate he knows how far to go and how not to overdo it." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • “the ‘imaginative and innovative’ Richard Gordon QC” (The Legal 500 2013)
  • “the ‘accessible and inclusive’ Richard Gordon QC is noted for his ‘imaginative approach to identifying civil liberties and human rights points’” (The Legal 500 2013)
  • “Richard Gordon QC is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘an outstanding advocate’.” (The Legal 500 2013)
  • ""high up on the list for commercial judicial review issues," and is a favourite of elite City solicitors as he gives "clear, unequivocal advice." (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • ""a strikingly accessible lawyer who thinks very widely around all sorts of public law issues." He has international judicial review experience" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "imaginative and innovative and always looking for the best angle to defend or probe a case" (Legal 500 2012)
  • "unanimously considered by those who instruct him to be 'outstanding.'" (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • "pre-eminent public law silk Richard Gordon QC is a first port of call for cases involving constitutional, administrative, public and civil liberties law. "He has an incredibly creative legal mind" and is "accessible and always open to discuss things," enthuse sources." (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • "The highly regarded Richard Gordon QC is described as ‘the human rights barrister par excellence'." (Legal 500 2011)
  • ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of public law matters' (Legal 500 2010)
  • ‘a pre-eminent public law practitioner with deep knowledge of the environment sector' (Chambers & Partners 2011)

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