Michael Fordham QC

Called to Bar:
1990
Appointed to silk:
2006
Practice areas:
Degrees:
BA (Oxon) First Class 1986, BCL (Oxon) 1987, LLM (Virginia) 1988, (Scholarships: Karmel Scholar; Mould Scholar; Prince of Wales Scholar (all Gray's Inn))

Professional Experience

Michael Fordham QC has been practising in the field of judicial review and human rights for more than 20 years. He represents claimants, defendants and interested parties and acts across the entire range of public law. He is author of a leading practitioner textbook, co-editor of a practitioner journal and a College Lecturer at Oxford University. As a junior barrister Mike was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel. He has argued more than forty cases in the Supreme Court and House of Lords. He has written legal opinions which have been relied on by the Constitutional Affairs Committee (legal aid reform; asylum and judicial review); the Work and Pensions Committee (health and safety enforcement policy); and the All-Party Working Group on Rendition (extraordinary rendition). He wrote an article in 2003 which led to the Law Commission’s 2006-2009 working and consultation papers on monetary remedies against public authorities. As Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Mike was lead author on Bingham Centre reports on immigration detention (2013) and judicial review reform (2014). He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).

Appointments: 

  • Deputy High Court Judge (Administrative Court) (2013)
  • Recorder (Criminal) (2012)
  • Deputy Judge, Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) (2012)
  • Visiting Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (2011)
  • Recorder (Civil) (2010)
  • Bencher, Gray’s Inn (2009)
  • College Lecturer, Hertford College Oxford (1989 to date)


Mike Fordham QC is recognised by both of the leading independent legal directories.

Chambers UK 2015

Mike is featured as a leading silk in five categories and in three of these he has three ‘star’ ranking.

  • Administrative and Public law – Mike is ranked in the ‘star’ category – “He is a fantastic oral advocate - a very powerful and compelling speaker, whether in the courtroom or presenting to a meeting." "He's phenomenal and has a brain like ten normal people's brains. A brilliant advocate and a brilliant lawyer."
  • Civil Liberties – again Mike is ranked in the ‘star’ category – “He is fantastic - super-concise and effective in court. He is amazingly good at compressing a huge amount of material into a short amount of time.” “He gets to grips with the minutiae of a case, and will stand up in court, having mastered all the papers, and be an incredibly powerful and compelling advocate.”
  • Environment – “He is the go-to person for anything in relation to judicial review.” “Commercial, down to earth and intellectually impressive.”
  • European Law – “Intellectually, incredibly impressive.” “He is both down to earth yet highly commercial in his approach.”
  • Immigration and Nationality – another area where Mike is ranked in the ‘star’ category – “His drafting style is amazing; he drafts in a very straightforward and simple way, covers everything and is straight to the point. Anyone can read it, and the judges really appreciate this.”

Legal 500 2014

Similarly recognises Mike Fordham QC as a leading silk in five areas:

  • Administrative and public law – top ranked. “Outstanding.”
  • Civil liberties and human rights – top ranked. “He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.”
  • Environment – “Possesses a deep knowledge of the law.”
  • EU and competition – “A superb advocate.”
  • Immigration – top ranked. “The lead counsel for immigration and asylum law work.”

Chambers UK Top Silk Bar 100

In December 2013, Mike was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Silk Bar 100, in their inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales. “The quality of his written work is at times breathtaking,” states a source, and “his advocacy skills equally so.”

Mike was recognised as “the undisputed star of the junior judicial review Bar” and was ranked in the Top 40 barristers under 40 in all fields (aged just 32) (Legal Business). He has been Lawyer of the Week (The Times) and has been recognised as “a real superstar” (The Lawyer).

Awards:

  • Human Rights & Public Law QC of the Year (2008)
  • Bar Pro Bono Award (2006)
  • Public Law Junior of the Year (2005)
  • Human Rights Lawyer of the Year (2005)

Public Law and Human Rights

Mike Fordham QC specialises in judicial review and acts across the entire range of public law work, for claimants, public authority defendants and third party interveners. He is author of the bestselling Judicial Review Handbook and co-editor of the practitioners’ journal Judicial Review. In addition to the examples given here, please see the sector-specific examples given under various headings later. Mike regularly appears in leading human rights cases and was recognised in 2005 as Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. He has also established a reputation for cutting-edge arguments in leading cases in asylum and immigration cases, scoring a series of striking victories in leading cases for appellants, and also for interveners. ‎In environmental law Mike has made a strong impression through judicial review challenges to decisions of public authorities. He has acted for environmental campaigners and non-governmental organisations.‎ In addition he has a vast experience in bringing and defending judicial review cases involving local governmental decision and policy-making, and has also appeared in several leading cases concerning police powers.

Current and recent work

  • R (Keyu) v Secretary of State [2015] UKSC pending (whether proportionality a freestanding ground for judicial review at common law). MF acts for the claimants. CA judgment is [2015] QB 57.
  • Ghany v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2015] UKPC 12 (rectifying construction of statutory compensation scheme). MF acted for the Attorney General.
  • Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill [2015] UKSC 3 [2015] 2 WLR 481 (Bill ultra vires Welsh Assembly’s devolution powers). MF acted for the Association of British Insurers.
  • R (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWHC 2365 (Admin) [2015] 1 WLR 251 (lawfulness of legal aid residence test). MF acts for the claimant. This case is pending before the Court of Appeal.

Human Rights & Civil Liberties

  • R (Keyu) v Secretary of State [2015] UKSC pending (whether human rights obligation to set up further inquiry into 1948 massacre). MF acts for the claimants.
  • R (Al-Saadoon) v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWHC 715 (Admin) (jurisdictional reach of ECHR Art 1 in shooting cases, and scope of ECHR investigative duties in handover and unlawful detention cases). MF acted for the claimants.
  • Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill [2015] UKSC 3 [2015] 2 WLR 481 (retrospective legislation incompatible with ECHR Art 1P property rights). MF acted for the Association of British Insurers.
  • R (Long) v Secretary of State for Defence [2014] EWHC 2391 (Admin) [2014] HRLR 20 (whether Art 2 duty of investigation into British soldiers’ deficient equipment in Iraq). MF acts for the claimant. This case is pending before the Court of Appeal.

Immigration & Asylum

  • R (O) v Home Secretary [2016] UKSC pending (immigration detention of those with mental illness). MF acts for BID and Medical Justice.
  • L1 v Home Secretary [2015] EWCA Civ pending (citizenship deprivation and exclusion while British citizen on holiday abroad). MF acts for the appellant L1.
  • AH (Algeria) v Home Secretary [2015] EWCA Civ pending (refugee exclusion following historic serious crime). MF acts for UNHCR.
  • EM (Eritrea) v SSHD [2014] UKSC 12 [2014] AC 1321 Supreme Court (EU-law compatibility of Dublin returns to Italy). MF acted for UNHCR.  

Environment

  • R (Solar Century Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWHC 3677 (Admin) (whether energy policy changes incompatible with legitimate expectations of solar power providers). MF acted for Solar Century.
  • Breyer Group Plc v Department of Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWHC 2257 (QB) [2015] 2 All ER 44 (whether damages recoverable under the Human Rights Act 1998 after consultation paper threatened unlawful action impacting on solar suppliers). MF acted for Breyer.
  • R (Infinis Plc) v Ofgem [2013] EWCA Civ 70 (legality of exclusion from accreditation for issue of renewables obligation certificates to electricity generators and just satisfaction for violation of property rights under ECHR Article 1P). MF acted for Infinis.

Local Government

  • R (Hemming) v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 25 (EU law-compatibility of licensing fees charged by local authority). MF acted for the Law Society.
  • R (Berky) v Newport City Council [2012] EWCA Civ 378 [2012] Env LR 35 (legality of grant of planning permission for a supermarket development). MF acted for Morrisons Plc.

Police Law

  • R (Mengesha) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2013] EWHC 1695 (Admin). (Divisional Court 18.6.13) This case concerned the legality of the police obtaining and retaining personal information to identify those who had attended a demonstration, upon releasing them from a containment. Mike Fordham QC acted for the claimant.
  • R (Moos and McClure) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2012] EWCA Civ 12 (Court of Appeal 19.1.12) This case concerned the legality of the police ‘kettling’ of peace-camp demonstrators at the G20 summit in London. Mike Fordham QC acted for the claimants. 

Other cases

  • Kuteh v Secretary of State [2014] EWCA Civ 1586 (limits of Upper Tribunal powers)
  • R (Rudewicz) v Secretary of State [2012] EWCA Civ 499 [2013] QB 410 (exhumation licence)
  • R (Cart) v Upper Tribunal [2011] UKSC 28 [2012] 1 AC 663 (judicial review of Upper Tribunal)
  • R (March) v Secretary of State [2010] EWHC 765 (Admin) (NHS HIV compensation)
  • R (Cordant Group Plc) v Secretary of State [2010] EWHC 3442 (Admin) (national minimum wage)
  • R (Al-Rawi) v Security Service [2010] EWCA Civ 482 [2010] 4 All ER 559 (closed procedure)
  • R (Evans) v Secretary of State [2010] EWHC 1445 (Admin) (transfer of detainees in Afghanistan)
  • R (Al-Haq) v Secretary of State [2009] EWHC 1910 (Admin) (judicial review and foreign policy)
  • R (Al Sweady) v Secretary of State [2009] EWHC 1687 (Admin) (disclosure in judicial review)
  • R (Hasan) v Secretary of State [2008] EWCA Civ 1312 [2009] 3 All ER 539 (arms exports)
  • R (Brooke) v Parole Board [2008] EWCA Civ 29 [2008] 1 WLR 1950 (parole board independence)
  • R (Faithfull) v Ipswich Crown Court [2007] EWHC 2763 [2008] 1 WLR 1636 (JR of crown court)
  • R (Roberts) v Parole Board [2005] UKHL 45 [2005] 2 AC 738 (parole board closed procedure)
  • R (G) v IAT [2004] EWCA Civ 1731 [2005] 1 WLR 1445 (JR and statutory review)
  • R (Corner House Research) v Secretary of State [2005] EWCA Civ 192 [2005] 1 WLR 2600 (PCOs)
  • R (ABCIFER) v SSD [2003] EWCA Civ 473 [2003] QB 1397 (compensation scheme)
  • R (CND) v Prime Minister [2002] EWHC 2777 (Admin) (Iraq war)
  • R v HMP Brockhill Governor, ex p Evans (No.2) [2001] 2 AC 19 (false imprisonment damages)
  • R v Ministry of Defence, ex p Walker [2000] 1 WLR 806 (UN peacekeeper compensation)
  • R v Bow Street Magistrate, ex p Pinochet [2000] 1 AC 61  & 147 (extradition of former Head of State)
  • R v Home Secretary, ex p Stafford [1999] 2 AC 38 (release of discretionary lifers)

Human Rights & Civil Liberties

  • R (Mousa) (No.2) v Secretary of State [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin) (ECHR investigative obligations)
  • R (Infinis Plc) v Ofgem [2013] EWCA Civ 70 [2013] JPL 1037 (property rights just satisfaction)
  • Ahmed v HM Treasury [2010] UKSC 2 [2010] 2 AC 534 (anti-terrorism asset-freezing)
  • BX v Secretary of State [2010] EWCA Civ 481 [2010] 1 WLR 2463 (control order injunctions)
  • AF v Secretary of State (No.3) [2009] UKHL 28 [2010] 2 AC 269 (control order disclosure)
  • R (Gentle) v Prime Minister [2008] UKHL 20 [2008] 1 AC 1356 (Art 2 and Iraq war)
  • R (Animal Defenders) v Secretary of State [2008] UKHL 15 [2008] 1 AC 1312 (political advertising)
  • C (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2008] UKHL 40 [2008] 1 WLR 1420 (Article 8 and family unity)
  • R (Brown) v Secretary of State [2008] EWHC 3158 (Admin) [2009] PTSR 1506 (disability equality)
  • Saadi v UK (2008) 47 EHRR 17 (Art 5 and fast-track detention)
  • R (Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State [2007] UKHL 58 [2008] 1 AC 332 (internment in Iraq)
  • Secretary of State v JJ [2007] UKHL 45 [2008] 1 AC 385 (control orders and Art 5)
  • Secretary of State v MB [2007] UKHL 46 [2008] 1 AC 440 (control orders and Art 6)
  • R (Al-Skeini) v Secretary of State [2007] UKHL 26 [2008] 1 AC 153 (ECHR extra-territoriality)
  • R (B) v Stafford Combined Court [2006] EWHC 1645 (Admin) [2007] 1 WLR 1524 (medical disclosure)
  • R (Razgar) v SSHD [2004] UKHL 27 [2004] 2 AC 368 (Art 8 proportionality)
  • R v Home Secretary, ex p Turgut [2001] 1 All ER 719 (Art 3 intensity of review) 

 Immigration & Asylum

  • HF (Iraq) v SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 1276 [2014] 1 WLR 1329 (Iraq country guidance)
  • R (AN (A Child) v Home Secretary [2012] EWCA Civ 1636 (rights of unaccompanied children)
  • Al-Sirri v Home Secretary [2012] UKSC 54 [2013] 1 AC 745 (Article 1F(c) refugee exclusion)
  • RT (Zimbabwe) v Home Secretary [2012] UKSC 38 [2013] 1 AC 152 (imputed political opinion)
  • W (Algeria) v Secretary of State [2012] UKSC 8 [2012] 2 AC 115 (SIAC protection of appellant source)
  • SS (Libya) v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 1547 (refugee exclusion proceedings)
  • R (MD (Angola) v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 1238 (healthcare in immigration detention)
  • Kambadzi v SSHD [2011] UKSC 23 [2011] 1 WLR 1299 (immigration detention reviews)
  • Lumba v SSHD [2011] UKSC 12 [2012] 1 AC 245 (secret immigration detention policy)
  • PR (Sri Lanka) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 988 [2012] 1 WLR 73 (second appeals test)
  • R (ZO (Somalia)) v SSHD [2010] UKSC 36 [2010] 1 WLR 1948 (asylum-seekers’ right to work)
  • HJ (Iran) v SSHD [2010] UKSC 31 [2011] 1 AC 596 (sexual orientation-based asylum)
  • Pankina v SSHD [2010] EWCA Civ 719 [2011] QB 376 (immigration rules)
  • Mahad v ECO [2009] UKSC 16 [2010] 1 WLR 48 (third party maintenance)
  • R (XC) v SIAC [2009] EWHC 3052 (Admin) (SIAC bail disclosure)
  • R (HSMP Forum) v SSHD [2009] EWHC 711 (Admin) (highly skilled migrants scheme)
  • R v Asfaw [2008] UKHL 31 [2008] 1 AC 1061 (refugee non-penalisation)
  • K & Fornah v SSHD [2006] UKHL 46 [2007] 1 AC 412 (FGM and gender-based persecution)
  • R (Hicks) v SSHD [2006] EWCA Civ 400 [2006] INLR 203 (citizenship
  • R (ERRC) v Immigration Officer [2004] UKHL 55 [2005] 2 AC 1 (Prague pre-clearance)
  • R (RLC) v SSHD [2004] EWCA Civ 1481 [2005] 1 WLR 2219 (fast-track process)
  • R (Sivakumar) v SSHD [2003] UKHL 14 [2003] 1 WLR 840 (asylum causation test)
  • R (Saadi) v SSHD [2002] UKHL 41 [2002] 1 WLR 3131 (fast-track asylum detention)
  • Shah & Islam v Home Secretary [1999] 2 AC 629 (gender-based asylum)

 Environment

  • R (Berky) v Newport City Council [2012] EWCA Civ 378 [2012] 2 CMLR 44 (EIA)
  • R (Tate & Lyle Industries Ltd) v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 664 (renewables obligation)
  • R (Friends of the Earth) v Secretary of State [2009] EWCA Civ 810 [2010] Env LR 11 (fuel poverty)
  • R (Downs) v Secretary of State [2009] EWCA Civ 664 [2010] Env LR 7 (UK pesticides policy)
  • R (BugLife) v Thurrock Thames GDC [2009] EWCA Civ 29 (habitats protection)
  • R (Anti-Waste Ltd) v Environment Agency [2007] EWCA Civ 1377 [2008] 1 WLR 923 (waste landfills)
  • R (WLWA) v Mayor of London [2007] EWHC 757 (Admin) [2007] Env LR 27 (waste strategy)
  • R (Takeley PC) v Secretary of State [2005] EWHC 3312 (Admin) (Stansted blight scheme)
  • R (PPG 11 Ltd) v Dorset CC [2003] EWHC 1311 (Admin) [2004] Env LR 84 (EIA)
  • R (Isaac) v Secretary of State [2002] EWHC 1983 (Admin) [2003] Env LR 23 (flood defence)
  • R (Valpak) v Environment Agency [2002] EWHC 1510 (Admin) [2002] Env LR 864 (glass recycling)
  • R v Environment Agency, ex p Marchiori [2002] EWCA Civ 3 [2002] EuLR 225 (nuclear weapons)
  • R v Secretary of State, ex p Friends of the Earth [2001] EWCA Civ 1847 [2002] Env LR 24 (Sellafield) 

Local Government

  • R (OneSearch) v York CC [2010] EWHC 590 (Admin) [2010] PTSR 1481 (property information)
  • R (Asda Stores) v South Tyneside BC [2010] EWHC 3285 (Admin) (planning delay)
  • R (TC Projects Ltd) v Newcastle Licensing Justices [2008] EWCA Civ 428 (casino licensing)
  • YL v Birmingham City Council [2007] UKHL 27 [2008] 1 AC 95 (human rights in care homes)
  • R (Keating) v Cardiff Local Health Board [2005] EWHC 559 (Admin) (welfare advice funding cuts)
  • R (Capenhurst) v Leicester City Council [2004] EWHC 2124 (Admin) (community centre closures)
  • R (Agnello) v Hounslow LBC [2003] EWHC 3112 (Admin) [2004] LGR 536 (vegetable market) 

Police Law

  • R (GC and C) v MPC [2011] UKSC 21 [2011] 1 WLR 1230 (human rights and police DNA database)
  • Re McE [2009] UKHL 15 [2009] 1 AC 908 (surveillance of lawyers/clients in police stations)
  • Kay v MPC [2008] UKHL 69 [2008] 1 WLR 2723 (police ban of critical mass cycle ride)
  • R (Laporte) v Glouc Chief Constable [2006] UKHL 55 [2007] 2 AC 105 (policing Fairford demo)
  • R (Stanley) v MPC [2004] EWHC 2229 (Admin) [2005] HLR 8 (police ASBO publicity) 

EU and Competition

Mike Fordham QC is a public lawyer who regularly appears in leading EU law and competition law cases in all courts and at all levels.

Current and recent work

 EU

  • R (Hemming) v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 25 (EU law-compatibility of licensing fees charged by local authority). MF acted for the Law Society.
  • EM (Eritrea) v SSHD [2014] UKSC 12 [2014] AC 1321 (EU-law compatibility of Dublin returns to Italy). MF acted for UNHCR.

Competition

  • British Gas Trading Ltd v Ofgem (appeal against price controls for electricity distribution companies) [2015] Competition and Markets Authority. MF acts for SSE.
  • R (Project Management Institute) v Minister for the Cabinet Office [2015] EWCA Civ pending (lawfulness of allegedly anti-competitive recommendation of grant of Royal Charter). MF acts for the Association of Project Managers. 

Other cases

EU

  • R (Berky) v Newport CC [2012] EWCA Civ 378 [2012] 2 CMLR 44 (promptness and EU law)
  • R (ZO (Somalia)) v SSHD [2010] UKSC 36 [2010] 1 WLR 1948 (EU asylum right to work)
  • QD (Iraq) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 620 [2011] 1 WLR 689 (EU subsidiary protection)
  • Telefonica O2 v Secretary of State [2007] EWHC 3018 (Admin) (telecoms ECJ reference)
  • R (Horvath) v Secretary of State [2007] EWCA Civ 620 [2007] EuLR 770 (agriculture payments)
  • R (Mayer Parry) v Environment Agency [2004] 1 WLR 538 (EU waste recycling)
  • R (Pfizer Ltd) v Secretary of State [2002] EWCA Civ 1566 [2003] 1 CMLR 19 (NHS drug listing)

Competition

  • R (Thames Water Utilities) v Ofwat [2012] EWCA Civ 218 [2012] PTSR 1147 (incumbent undertaker)
  • Telefonica O2 UK Ltd v Ofcom [2010] CAT 25 (frequency liberation)
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets v Competition Commission [2009] UNCAT 33 (interim relief in CAT)
  • T-Mobile UK Ltd v Ofcom [2008] EWCA Civ 1373 [2009] 1 WLR 1565 (scope of competition appeal)
  • R (T-Mobile UK) v Competition Commission [2003] EWHC 1566 (Admin) [2003] EuLR 769 (pricing) 

 

Commercial

Mike Fordham QC began life at the Bar as a commercial barrister and now specialises in commercial public law cases.

Current and recent work

  • R (Baker Tilly UK Audit LLP) v Financial Reporting Council [2015] EWHC 1398 (Admin) (auditors’ judicial review of FRC decision and guidance as to disciplinary action). MF acted for the FRC.
  • R (William Hill Organisation Ltd) v Horserace Betting Levy Board [2013] EWCA Civ 487 [2013] 3 All ER 297 (Court of Appeal 3.5.13) This case concerned whether customers of betting exchanges are subject to horserace betting levy. Mike Fordham QC acted for the Levy Board.

Other cases

  • R (Infinis Plc) v Ofgem [2013] EWCA Civ 70 [2013] JPL 1037 (property rights compensation)
  • R (BBA) v Financial Services Authority [2011] EWHC 999 (Admin) (PPI redress scheme)
  • R (London & SE Railway) v BTPA [2009] EWHC 1255 (Admin) (train policing costs)
  • R (Eisai Ltd) v NICE [2007] EWHC 1941 (Admin) (NHS listing of pharmaceuticals)
  • R (Leicester Gaming Club) v Gambling Commission [2007] EWHC 531 (Admin) (casino licensing)
  • R (Postwatch) v Postal Services Commission [2007] EWCA Civ 167 (bulk mail services)
  • R (Tesco Stores) v FHSAA (1999) 11 Admin LR 1007 (pharmacy licensing)

Other relevant experience

Cases in the Supreme Court / House of Lords

Mike Fordham QC appeared in the following:

  • Keyu [2015] UKSC pending
  • Hemming [2015] UKSC 25 [2015] 2 WLR 1271
  • Recovery of Medical Costs Bill [2015] UKSC 3 [2015] 2 WLR 481
  • EM (Eritrea) [2014] UKSC 12 [2014] AC 1321
  • Al-Sirri [2012] UKSC 54 [2013] 1 AC 745
  • RT (Zimbabwe) [2012] UKSC 38 [2013] 1 AC 152
  • W (Algeria) [2012] UKSC 8 [2012] 2 AC 115
  • Cart [2011] UKSC 28 [2012] 1 AC 663
  • Eba [2011] UKSC 29 [2012] 1 AC 710
  • Kambadzi [2011] UKSC 23 [2011] 1 WLR 1299
  • GC [2011] UKSC 21 [2011] 1 WLR 1230
  • Lumba [2011] UKSC 12 [2012] 1 AC 245
  • ZO (Somalia) [2010] UKSC 36 [2010] 1 WLR 1948
  • HJ (Iran) [2010] UKSC 31 [2011] 1 AC 596
  • Ahmed [2010] UKSC 2 [2010] 2 AC 534
  • Mahad [2009] UKSC 16 [2010] 1 WLR 48
  • AF (No.3) [2009] UKHL 28 [2010] 2 AC 269
  • McE [2009] UKHL 15 [2009] 1 AC 908
  • Kay [2008] UKHL 69 [2008] 1 WLR 2723
  • C (Zimbabwe) [2008] UKHL 40 [2008] 1 WLR 1420
  • Asfaw [2008] UKHL 31 [2008] 1 AC 1061
  • Gentle [2008] UKHL 20 [2008] 1 AC 1356
  • Animal Defenders International [2008] UKHL 15 [2008] 1 AC 1312
  • Al-Jedda [2007] UKHL 58 [2008] 1 AC 332
  • JJ [2007] UKHL 45 [2008] 1 AC 385
  • MB [2007] UKHL 46 [2008] 1 AC 440
  • YL [2007] UKHL 27 [2008] 1 AC 95
  • Al-Skeini [2007] UKHL 26 [2008] 1 AC 153
  • Laporte [2006] UKHL 55 [2007] 2 AC 105
  • Fornah [2006] UKHL 46 [2007] 1 AC 412
  • Roberts [2005] UKHL 45 [2005] 2 AC 738
  • European Roma Rights Centre [2004] UKHL 55 [2005] 2 AC 1
  • Razgar [2004] UKHL 27 [2004] 2 AC 368
  • Sivakumar [2003] UKHL 14 [2003] 1 WLR 840
  • Saadi [2002] UKHL 41 [2002] 1 WLR 3131
  • Evans (No.2) [2001] 2 AC 19
  • Walker [2000] 1 WLR 806
  • Shah & Islam [1999] 2 AC 629
  • Pinochet (No.3) [2000] 1 AC 147
  • Pinochet (No.1) [2000] 1 AC 61
  • Stafford [1999] 2 AC 38

Awards

Mike Fordham was Public Law Junior of the Year 2005. In the same year he was Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2005, an award which he received: “For outstanding dedication and pro bono commitment to the development of human rights in a range of areas. For an incredibly high standard of legal skill in opposing unjust ASBOs, defending the rights of protesters and, in particular, for highlighting UK accountability for torture and deaths in detention in Iraq”. Mike was 3rd (behind two commercial QCs) in Barrister of the Year 2006. He was winner of the Bar Pro Bono Award 2006; and winner of Human Rights and Public Law QC of the Year 2008.

Pro Bono Work

Mike has an established reputation for his pro bono work. In 2006 he was winner of the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award. He was nominated for that award by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Friends of the Earth, the Refugee Legal Centre, the Public Law Project and Baker & McKenzie LLP, for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work. Chairman of the Bar Stephen Hockman QC said: “Michael Fordham has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and dedicates a very high proportion of his time to it. He brings the same care and commitment as to his other work, and his friendly and informal manner helps to set at ease those involved in a particular case. Michael’s contribution to the development of law and legal policy is undoubted, and he is a deserving recipient of this award”. Mike acts pro bono in numerous interventions, and in his work for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Teaching & Speaking

Mike Fordham QC is College Lecturer at Hertford College Oxford, a position he has held since 1989. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on public law and human rights including Hart Judicial Review Conference, Administrative Law Bar Association, Bar European Group, Bar Human Rights Group, Cambridge Centre for Public Law, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, JUSTICE, Legal Action Group and Public Law Project. Mike has undertaken training for organisations ranging from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Brussels to the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.

Publications

  • Author, Judicial Review Handbook (6th edition 2012)
  • Co-Editor, Judicial Review (quarterly journal, since 1996)
  • Lead Author, Immigration Detention and the Rule of Law (2013)
  • Lead Author, Streamlining Judicial Review (2014)

Mike Fordham QC is author of the acclaimed Judicial Review Handbook (6th edition, 2012). It has been cited with approval at all levels of the Courts including, in the House of Lords/Privy Council: Boddington [1999] 2 AC 143, 170E; Burkett [2002] UKHL 23 at [38]; ProLife [2003] UKHL 23 at [138]; Cullen [2003] UKHL 39 at [5]; Tweed [2006] UKHL 53 at [36]; Sharma [2006] UKPC 57 at [14]; Bahamas Hotel Maintenance [2011] UKPC 4 at [23]. Mike co-edits the quarterly practitioners’ journal Judicial Review (since 1996). He wrote or co-wrote chapters for the books Administrative Law, Facing the Future and Understanding Human Rights Principles. He has written more than 50 published articles in legal journals. He is Lead Author of the 2013 Bingham Centre report on Immigration Detention and the Rule of Law and its 2014 report on Streamlining Judicial Review.

Education

BA (Oxon) First Class 1986, BCL (Oxon) 1987, LLM (Virginia) 1988, (Scholarships: Karmel Scholar; Mould Scholar; Prince of Wales Scholar (all Gray's Inn)

Other Interests

Mike lives in St Albans. He was an Oxford hockey Blue in 1986 and is President of St Albans Hockey Club. He is an occasional youth music leader at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans. He likes to walk canal towpaths.

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