Ivan Hare KC is a leading silk specialising in public and regulatory law, human rights and civil liberties, professional discipline and employment law. He was awarded Silk of the Year 2023 in Professional Discipline at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

He appears in a wide range of judicial review cases, statutory appeals against regulatory decisions, Human Rights Act claims, freedom of information applications, discrimination and employment proceedings. His clients include all major departments of central government, local authorities, many statutory bodies, non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies, charities and individuals. He appears frequently in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and in front of a range of Tribunals. He has also appeared in the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. He has advised many foreign governments and overseas corporations on matters of constitutional law in Hong Kong, Malayasia, Singapore and the Commonwealth Caribbean.  Ivan serves as the Appeals Adjudicator for the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel which determines claims to property seized during World War II.  He was called to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2022 in order to argue a constitutional challenges relating to same-sex marriage and applications for Islander status. Ivan was appointed to Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn in 2023.

Before taking Silk, Ivan was on the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel.

His Public Law work builds on his expertise in domestic and comparative constitutional law. He was a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge from 1991 until 2003 (where he continues to teach Administrative Law) and is the main editor and author of the leading practitioners’ text: De Smith’s Judicial Review (9th ed, 2023) along with many other publications.

Ivan is recognised as a leading silk in the latest editions of both the main legal directories, Chambers UK and Legal 500, for his expertise in administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, police law and professional discipline and regulatory law. Recent comments include:

  • "Ivan is charmingly ruthless, startlingly bright and a huge pleasure to work with."- Legal 500, 2024
  • "Ivan Hare KC is an exceptional legal professional. With his extensive experience and expertise, he provides representation and strategic guidance which is second to none."- Chambers & Partners, 2024

Previous comments include:

  • "Ivan is exceptional both on his feet and on paper. Ivan provides excellent, accessible advice on complex points of law."- Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • "He is a true expert in the human rights field."- Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • "Ivan is a very skilled operator dealing with tricky legal issues in the Administrative Court. Always fair and courteous."- Legal 500, 2023



Public & Regulatory

Ivan has an in-depth knowledge of public law. He appears frequently in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in proceedings under the Human Rights Act, the Equalities Act and the Freedom of Information Act. He acts in cases involving prisons, immigration, health services, welfare, policing, asset-freezing, education and the media. He also appears frequently in High Court challenges to regulatory proceedings on behalf of the General Medical Council, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and others. He often advises on policy development and implementation.  He has advised a number of universities on their responsibilities to foster free speech and on a range of individual disciplinary cases.


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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Ivan appears frequently civil liberties cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in proceedings under the Human Rights Act, the Equalities Act and the Freedom of Information Act.  He acts in cases involving prisons, immigration, health services, welfare, policing, asset-freezing, education and the media.


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Professional Discipline

Ivan has appeared in many of the leading cases on the legal regulation of the medical profession.  He also acts for and advises a range of other regulators.


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Ivan has acted and appeared in a number of major cases on behalf of the Independent Police Complaints Authority and individual police forces involving deaths in custody and major public order incidents.


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Ivan has frequently appeared in Employment Tribunals for Claimants and Respondents in cases involving unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination on grounds of race, gender, disability, religion and belief and sexual orientation, public interest disclosures, equal pay and the transfer of undertakings. He has successfully conducted a number of complex and lengthy discrimination claims. He has also appeared on numerous occasions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).

Ivan has advised on a range of employment matters, including breach of contract, bonus claims and share options and on issues arising under the Data Protection Act 1998. He has also acted as a co-ordinator for Employment Tribunal advocacy training organised by the Employment Lawyers Association. Ivan has acted for a number of appellants pro bono before the EAT under the Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme.


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LLB (London) First Class; BCL (Oxford) First Class, LLM (Harvard), MA (Cambridge) 

Lord Justice Holker and Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray's Inn

Kennedy Scholar to the Harvard Law School



  • De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 9th ed, 2023) (http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk). Ivan is the lead editor of this edition and the author of nine chapters.

  • De Smith’s Principles of Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 2nd ed, 2020). This is a student edition of De Smith’s Judicial Review.
  • Extreme Speech and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2009) (co-edited with J. Weinstein) (paperback edition, 2010) (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/).
  • Constitutional Reform in the United Kingdom: Practice and Principles (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 1998, re-printed 1998 (twice), 1999 (twice), 2000) (co-edited with J. Beatson and C.F. Forsyth) (www.hartpub.co.uk).
  • The Golden Metwand and the Crooked Cord–Essays on Public Law in Honour of Sir William Wade (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998, re-printed 2001) (co-edited with C. F. Forsyth) (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'Law and Morality: Freedom of Expression' in Ellian and Rijpkema (eds), Law and Morality Revisited (forthcoming)
  • 'Public Order, Public Protest and Public Monuments' (2023) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 183-203.
  • 'Statues, Statute and Freedom of Expression' [2021] Public Law 691-706.
  • 'O'Reilly Again.  Oh Really?  Procedural Exclusivity in Judicial Review' (2021) 26 Judicial Review 101-107.
  • 'The theory and practice of blasphemy in the common law: Slaying the seven-head beast' in J. Temperman and A. Koltay (eds), Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 576-594. 
  • ‘The English Law of Blasphemy: The “Melancholy, Long, Withdrawing Roar” ‘ in P. Cliteur and T. Herrenberg (eds), The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy (Leiden University Press, 2016), 49-69.
  • ‘Free Speech and Incitement to Hatred on Grounds of Disability and Transgender Identity: the Law Commission’s Proposals’ [2015] P.L. 385-394.
  • Chs 13 and 15-19 in De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 7th ed, 2013) and Annual Supplements.
  • ‘Race Discrimination’ (co-written) in Tolley’s Discrimination in Employment Handbook (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2011), 273-303 (1st ed, 2008).
  • ‘Introduction’ (with P. Goulding QC) and ‘Contempt of Court’ in P. Goulding QC (ed), Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality, and Garden Leave (OUP, 2nd ed, 2010) 1-10 (1st ed, 2007).
  • ‘Blasphemy and Incitement to Religious Hatred: Free Speech Dogma and Doctrine’ in I. Hare and J. Weinstein (eds), Extreme Speech and Democracy (OUP, 2009), 289-310.
  • ‘Extreme Speech under International and Regional Human Rights Standards’ in Hare and Weinstein (eds), Extreme Speech and Democracy, 62-80.
  • ‘Convention Rights as Grounds of Judicial Review’ in De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 6th ed, 2007), 651-700.
  • ‘Crosses, Crescents and Sacred Cows: Criminalising Incitement to Religious Hatred’ [2006] P.L. 520-537.
  • ‘Permission’ in B. Lang QC (ed), Administrative Court: Practice and Procedure (Sweet and Maxwell, 2006), 99-115.
  • ‘Method and Objectivity in Free Speech Adjudication: Lessons from America’ [2005] 54 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 49-87.
  • ‘The Judiciary’ in the U.N.E.S.C.O Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems 2004.
  • ‘Social Rights as Fundamental Rights’ in B. A. Hepple (ed), Social and Labour Rights in a Global Context: International and Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2002), 153-181.
  • ‘Verticality Challenged: Private Parties, Privacy and the Human Rights Act’ [2001] European Human Rights Law Review 508-522.
  • ‘Is the Privileged Position of Political Speech Justified?’ in J. Beatson and Y. Cripps (eds), Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information–Essays in Honour of Sir David Williams QC (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), 105-121.
  • ‘The Law of Standing in Public Interest Adjudication’ in M. Andenas and D. Fairgrieve (eds), Judicial Review in International Perspective: Liber Amicorum for Lord Slynn of Hadley Volume II (Kluwer Law International, 2000), 301-318.
  • ‘English Lessons in Comparative Public Law: Will the First Amendment have the Last Word?’ (2000) 10 Trinity Law Review/Special Edition on International Human Rights 29-61.
  • ‘Police Discretion and the Rule of Law: Economic Community Rights versus Civil Rights’ [2000] 63 Modern Law Review 581-595 (with C. S. Barnard).
  • ‘Access to Governmental Information and the Judicial Process: United Kingdom Law and the Influence of Europe’ in A. Dashwood and A. Ward (eds) [1999] Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 329-354.
  • ‘The Separation of Powers and Judicial Review for Error of Law’ in Forsyth and Hare (eds), The Golden Metwand and the Crooked Cord–Essays on Public Law in Honour of Sir William Wade (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 113-140.
  • ‘The Constitution and the Justification of Judicial Power’ in J. Beatson and T. Tridimas (eds), New Directions in European Public Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 1998), 125-135.
  • ‘Legislating Against Hate: the Legal Response to Bias Crimes’ [1997] 17 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 415-440.
  • ‘The Right to Protest and the Right to Export: Police Discretion and the Free Movement of Goods’ [1997] 60 M.L.R. 394-411 (with C. S. Barnard).
  • ‘The Law Commission and Judicial Review: Principle Versus Pragmatism’ [1995] 54 Cambridge Law Journal 268-279.
  • Savage & Parmenter: A Compelling Case For The Code’ [1993] 56 M.L.R. 74-83.

Commentaries and Review Articles

  • 'The Colston defendants Should Never have been Charged with Criminal Damage' Apollo Magazine, 14 January 2022 (https://www.apollo-magazine.com/colston-statue-trial-not-guilty-criminal-damage/
  • ‘Insulting Politicians on the Radio?’ (2012) 4 Journal of Media Law 29-34.
  • ‘The harm of hate speech legislation’ (2012) Eurozine (http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2012-04-24-hare-en.html).
  • ‘Free Speech and Democracy’ [2009] Entertainment Law Review 287-90 (with J. Weinstein).
  • ‘Hate Speech’ in P. Cane and J. Conaghan, The New Oxford Companion to Law (OUP, 2008).
  • ‘Inflammatory Speech: Cross-Burning and the First Amendment’ [2003] P.L. 408-414.
  • ‘The South African AIDS Pandemic and the Constitutional Right to Healthcare’ [2002] E.H.R.L.R. 66-72.
  • Review of H. Delany: Judicial Review of Administrative Action–A Comparative Analysis (2002) Dublin University Law Journal 226-230.
  • Review of I. Loveland (ed): Importing the First Amendment–Freedom of Speech and Expression in Britain, Europe and the USA (2000) 11 Public Law Review 312-316.
  • ‘Gender Discrimination and Grooming Codes in the Labour (super)Market’ [1995] 1 International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 179-185.
  • ‘Pregnancy and Sex Discrimination’ (1991) Industrial Law Journal 124-130.

Case Notes

[2006] New Law Journal 1091; [2003] 62 C.L.J. 525; [2001] 60 C.L.J. 1; [2000] 59 C.L.J. 6; [2000] 59 C.L.J. 1; [1999] 58 C.L.J. 468; [1999] 58 C.L.J. 265; [1998] 57 C.L.J. 429; [1996] 55 C.L.J. 401; [1996] 55 C.L.J. 179; [1995] 54 C.L.J. 227; [1995] 54 C.L.J. 1; [1994] 53 C.L.J. 4; [1992] 51 C.L.J. 201

Book Reviews

[2002] E.H.R.L.R. 802; [2002] P.L. 156; [2000] 59 C.L.J. 406; [2000] 59 C.L.J. 216; [1998] 57 C.L.J. 624; [1998] 57 C.L.J. 410; [1998] 57 C.L.J. 200; [1997] 56 C.L.J. 636; [1997] 56 C.L.J. 426; [1995] 54 C.L.J. 199


  • Administrative and Constitutional Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory 

  • Child Migrant Policy (2010)
  • South Downs National Park, 2009
  • R (Eisai Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [2008] EWCA Civ 438; (2008) 11 CCL Rep 385; [2008] LS Law Medical 333; (2008) 101 BMLR 26
  • Mohit v Director Public Prosecutions of Mauritius [2006] UKPC 20; [2006] 1 WLR 3343
  • R (Cockburn) v Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWHC 2095 (Admin); [2011] Eq LR 1139; [2011] Pens LR 367; [2011] ACD 122

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Hashman v Milton Park (Dorset) Ltd (ET/3105555/09, 26 October 2011)
  • Ponsonby v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Upper Tribunal, CP/2234/2007) (2009)
  • Pay v United Kingdom (2009) 48 EHRR SE2; [2009] IRLR 139
  • Saadi v United Kingdom (2008) 47 EHRR 17
  • YL v Birmingham City Council & Ors [2007] UKHL 27; [2008] 1 AC 95; [2007] 3 WLR 112; [2007] 3 All ER 957
  • Price v Leeds City Council [2006] UKHL 10; [2006] 2 AC 465; [2006] 4 All ER 128; (2006) 20 BHRC 33

Professional Discipline

  • R (Burke) v Independent Police Complaints Commission [2011] EWCA Civ 1665 
  • R (Goodenough) v Independent Police Complaints Commission [2009] EWHC 3706 (Admin)
  • Zygmunt v General Medical Council [2008] EWHC 2643 (Admin); [2009] LS Medical Law 219
  • General Medical Council v Fatnani and Raschid [2007] EWCA Civ 46; [2007] 1 WLR 1460; [2007] ICR 811


  • Grainger Plc v Nicholson [2010] ICR 360; [2010] 2 All ER 253; [2010] IRLR 4
  • NTL Group Ltd v Difolco [2006] EWCA Civ 1508; (2006) 150 Sol Jo LB 1393
  • Hinton v University of East London [2005] EWCA Civ 532; [2005] ICR 1260; [2005] IRLR 552


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