David Anderson QC has won the accolade of Legal Personality of the Year at the 2015 Halsbury Legal Awards. Despite having a prominent role as the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David takes pride in being an independent and working QC, not part of the government machine, but vital to its integrity and our security. He has excelled in a notoriously difficult area and is not afraid to put his head above the parapet - putting principle above popularity.
Here he is on the World at One (from 14 minutes) on 17th September, commenting on new plans for countering extremism.
David’s practice is built on his expertise in European Union law, developed with the help of skills learned working in Brussels and Washington DC and teaching at King’s College London. He has appeared more than 130 times in the EU’s Court of Justice and General Court in Luxembourg, and argues national cases with an EU flavour across the range of first-instance and appellate tribunals in the UK and (occasionally) beyond.
The other foundation of his practice is human rights law. David has appeared frequently before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, originally for the Government but more recently for applicants, in cases whose subject matter ranges from criminal and family law to commercial taxation and expropriation of property. He has also appeared in a number of leading human rights cases in the UK, including in the field of the freedom of expression.