Hanif has a broad-ranging practice combining core strengths in public and private law. He practices in areas including Public & Regulatory law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, EU & Competition, Commercial law, Public International Law, and Employment. Hanif also has experience of a number of specialist sectors including Telecommunications, Financial Services, and Professional Discipline. 

He has amassed considerable advocacy experience at an early stage in practice before a wide range of courts and tribunals and has appeared as sole counsel in a number of high-profile cases. In March 2014 Hanif was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel), being at that time the most junior barrister in the country to be appointed to the B panel. He had previously been a member of the C Panel.

Hanif is recommended in both of the leading independent legal directories. He is currently ranked in six practice areas. Recent comments include: "Scarily intelligent, and produces fantastic thinking and drafting" (Chambers 2017); "He is incredibly clever and ... a pleasure to work alongside" (Chambers 2017); "Phenomenally bright" (Legal 500 2016); and "... a first rate legal mind" (Legal 500 2016). 

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Public & Regulatory

Hanif’s practice encompasses all areas of public law, including commercial judicial review and public procurement as well as civil liberties and human rights. 

Examples of high-profile litigation in the commercial and regulatory context include acting on behalf of Uber in defence of various challenges to its ability to operate in London, on behalf of KPMG LLP in a case concerning whether its decisions were amenable to judicial review, on behalf of Virgin Trains in its successful challenge to the tender process for the West Coast Main Line, and on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur in its challenge to decisions concerning the legacy use of the Olympic Stadium.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

In the field of civil liberties, Hanif has acted in a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court.  Recent work includes litigation concerning the scope of rights under Article 5(1) ECHR, and the relationship between the European Convention and other areas of public international law, including international humanitarian law.

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EU & Competition

Hanif practices in all areas of EU law and competition law, and has appeared in cases before the Courts in Luxembourg. 

Hanif’s EU law work includes cases concerning the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the free movement of goods, services and persons, and many of the special regimes of EU secondary law. He has recently acted in high profile sanctions cases before the General Court.  

Hanif also has a wide-ranging competition law practice that encompasses regulatory proceedings and private law claims. He has experience of market investigations, mergers and state aid issues. Hanif has particular expertise in the competition law issues raised in the telecoms sector.

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Commercial

Hanif appears both in the civil courts and before arbitral tribunals. He practices in all areas of commercial law and has experience of specialist competition, intellectual property, and financial services work.

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Public International Law

Hanif has a keen interest in public international law and has acted in a number of cases before the domestic and international courts addressing issues of public international law. 

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Employment

Hanif’s employment law practice includes cases in the High Court concerning team moves and other areas of employee competition. He has also amassed experience of multi-day trial advocacy in the Employment Tribunal. He has appeared in cases involving constructive and unfair dismissal, discrimination, victimization and whistleblowing.

He is a contributor to Goulding (ed), Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave (OUP, 2016), having also been a contributor to the previous edition of the same work. 

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Telecommunications

Hanif has recently appeared in telecoms cases in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and has advised as sole counsel on diverse issues arising from the revised EU telecommunications framework.

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Financial Services

Hanif has acted in a number of public law, regulatory and commercial cases in the banking, financial services, and tax sectors. Hanif recently appeared on behalf of KPMG in R(Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG and others, a financial services judicial review which was highlighted as one of The Lawyer's top twenty cases of 2016.

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Professional Discipline

Hanif has considerable experience of regulatory matters across a range of different sectors. Shortly after starting practice, he undertook a secondment at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, and had involvement in the drafting of regulatory legislation.

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Achievements

Education

BA Hons (Cantab.) History, (Double First); Kennedy Scholar, Harvard University (First place nationally); Diploma in Law, City University (Distinction, top of year); Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding, top of year)

Scholarships & prizes

Before starting practice, Hanif won a series of advocacy and mooting competitions as well as prizes for academic achievement.


  • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholarship 
  • Inaugural Inner Temple Advocacy Prize for the best pupil advocate at the Inner Temple
  • Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship
  • Senior Scarman Scholarship for the best overall performance at the ICSL (for finishing first in year)
  • Stephen Seabrooke Memorial Prize for excellence in procedure and advocacy at the ICSL 
  • Inner Temple BVC Prize for performance on the BVC Course 
  • Winner of the Inner Temple Lawson Mooting Competition 
  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship 
  • 3 Verulam Buildings Prize for the best law conversioner at City University (for finishing first in year) 
  • Winner of the City University/Crown Office Mooting Competition 
  • John F Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholarship to Harvard enabling access as a non-degree special student/visiting fellow to each of the graduate schools at Harvard 
  • Prize for highest mark on Human Rights and International Politics course at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard 
  • Gonville & Caius College Senior Scholarships 
  • Gonville & Caius College Bursary Awards

Selected earlier reported cases

Commercial

  • Spring Finance v HS Real LLC [2011] EWHC 57
  • Derrick Barr and Others v Biffa Waste Services Limited [2011] EWHC 1003

Telecommunications

  • British Telecommunications Plc v Office of Communications – NCCN 1007/Ethernet [2011] CAT 15
  • British Telecommunications Plc v Office of Communications – partial private circuits [2011] CAT 5

Lecturing

Hanif regularly speaks on a wide-range of legal issues. He has delivered papers to the Public Law Project judicial review conference as well as at numerous seminars. He has recently spoken on issues such as the statutory amendments to the judicial review jurisdiction and the use of public international law in domestic cases.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Hanif was appointed a Visiting Tutor in European and Public Laws at the Department of Law, City University upon finishing the diploma in law course and taught European Law to 150 undergraduates whilst studying for the BVC. 

Hanif has previously undertaken work for a range of academic institutions, think-tanks, and NGOs, including the Bingham Centre for the Rule of law, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, and DEMOS.

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