Jason practises across all of Chambers’ main areas of work, with particular expertise in EU & competition law, public and human rights law, commercial law, public international law, and sanctions law. Jason combines a strong commercial practice with an extensive publicly funded and pro bono human rights practice, drawing on his academic expertise in this area. In the sanctions arena, he is recognised as the “leading junior in the field” (Chambers & Partners 2017). Jason has worked on cases before a wide range of tribunals and courts, and regularly appears in the highest appellate courts, including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In 2014-16 he appeared before the Supreme Court on six occasions. Jason is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners 2017 and Legal 500 2016.

Jason has been practising as a lawyer for over 10 years. Prior to joining Chambers, he was an associate in the litigation team at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Australia, where he had a broad commercial litigation practice. In addition to his experience as a commercial solicitor, Jason has taught and published widely in the areas of public international law, public law and human rights, and international refugee law. He is a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His monograph, The Child in International Refugee Law will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Jason is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel, and UNHCR’s Panel of Counsel.

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EU & Competition

Jason has significant experience in a broad range of EU and competition law matters. He has worked on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU. In 2016-17 Jason is representing Visa in defence of competition damages claims alleging that multilateral interchange fees charged on use of credit and debit cards breached EU, English and Irish competition law. The claimants claim in excess of 1 billion pounds. The case is scheduled to be the longest competition law trial of 2016/17, and has been identified as one of the top 20 cases of 2016 (The Lawyer). Jason also appeared on behalf of Imperial Tobacco Limited in its challenge to the Tobacco Products Directive in the Court of Justice, and in domestic proceedings challenging the introduction of plain packaging.

There is considerable overlap between Jason’s EU law practice and public law and human rights practice, and Jason has particular expertise in EU law cases raising human rights issues, including, in particular, cases involving the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and cases involving asset-freezing sanctions.

During his time as a solicitor, Jason was heavily involved for a number of years in Australia’s then largest ever private cartel damages claim, acting for Cadbury Schweppes Ltd in a claim arising out of the Visy/Amcor corrugated fibreboard packaging cartel.

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Public & Regulatory

With a wide-ranging public law practice, Jason advises and acts for individuals, governments, regulators, large commercial entities and NGOs in the UK and in other jurisdictions, including Singapore and Hong Kong. He appears regularly in the Administrative and Appellate Courts, and in 2014-16 was instructed in six cases before the Supreme Court. He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Jason has a wide-ranging public law and human rights practice, and has appeared in many of the leading human rights cases in recent years, including appearing in six cases before the Supreme Court. Many of Jason’s cases include public international law elements. He has particular expertise in EU law cases raising human rights and public international law issues, and has particular expertise in challenging and advising on EU and international sanctions. He is currently acting for a number of individuals and entities whose assets have been frozen under EU sanctions legislation, in challenges before the General Court of the EU and the Court of Justice. Jason also regularly advises on sanctions compliance issues (see under Sanctions below). 

Jason’s practice is complemented by his academic experience, having taught and published widely in the areas of public law and human rights, public international law and immigration and refugee law.

In addition to publicly funded work, Jason undertakes substantial pro bono work. He has acted pro bono for UNHCR, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Medical Justice, the AIRE Centre, ILGA-Europe, and the International Commission of Jurists.

Jason was recently appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel.

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Commercial

Jason has a wide-ranging general commercial litigation practice, building on his experience as a commercial litigation solicitor. During his three years as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Jason developed a broad commercial litigation practice, acting for and advising clients across a broad range of industries, including retail, telecommunications and banking and finance. Jason has continued to develop his commercial litigation experience since commencing practice at the Bar. In addition to his pure commercial law work, Jason also specialises in commercial public law cases. 

As a solicitor, Jason was involved in a broad range of commercial litigation and disputes. Jason acted principally in contractual disputes and trade practices claims in the Victorian Supreme Court and Federal Court and Full Federal Court of Australia. Jason was heavily involved in Australia’s then largest ever private cartel damages claim, acting for Cadbury Schweppes Ltd in a claim arising out of the Visy/Amcor corrugated fibreboard packaging cartel. This involved multiple interlocutory proceedings involving issues relating to disclosure, legal professional privilege and public interest immunity (e.g. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd [2009] FCAFC 32).

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Sanctions

Jason is a leading lawyer in sanctions-related work, with particular expertise in challenging and advising on EU and international asset-freezing sanctions. Chambers & Partners 2017 identifies him as the “leading junior in the field”.  He is currently representing more than twenty individuals and entities in over a dozen challenges to asset-freezing regimes before both the General Court of the EU and the Court of Justice. Jason has also been involved in sanctions-related challenges in domestic Courts. He has particular experience with the sanctions regimes for Iran, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine and Russia, and regularly advises on compliance issues. Jason’s sanctions-related work is complemented by his academic background in public international law.

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Public International Law

Jason has substantial experience in the field of public international law, having taught and published in these areas (for details of research and teaching, and a list of publications, see below). He has particular expertise in cases raising issues of international human rights law, and while working as a solicitor, advised on a number of matters before the UN human rights bodies. He has continued to build on his academic and professional experience since commencing practice at the Bar. 

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Immigration

Jason has an extensive appellate immigration practice, and has appeared in many of the leading immigration cases in recent years, including several cases before the Supreme Court. He has a particular interest and expertise in cases raising issues regarding the interpretation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the interaction between domestic and public international law in the immigration context. Jason’s practice is complemented by his academic experience. He is regarded as a leading academic authority on international refugee law, and in particular issues concerning child refugees. He is a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, and his monography, The Child in International Refugee Law will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2017. A full list of his research, teaching and publications in this area is set out under “achievements” below.

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Employment

Jason is regularly instructed in cases before employment tribunals and the High Court, in disputes concerning a variety of issues including unfair dismissal, disability and race discrimination, restrictive covenants, breach of confidence and breach of contract.

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Achievements

Education

BA (University of Melbourne); LLM (University of Melbourne); BCL (Dist.) (Oxon) (Commonwealth Scholar); PhD (Cantab) (W.M. Tapp Scholar and Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholar)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Hauser Global Fellowship (to attend New York University as a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher).
  • W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law (full funding to undertake PhD at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge).
  • Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship (full funding to undertake PhD at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge).
  • Commonwealth Scholarship (full funding to undertake BCL, University of Oxford).

Publications

Books

The Child in International Refugee Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (forthcoming)

Book chapters

  • “Article 10” in Philip Alston and John Tobin (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2016) (forthcoming).
  • “Article 22” in Philip Alston and John Tobin (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2016) (forthcoming).
  • “Treating like alike: The principle of non-discrimination as a tool to mandate the equal protection of refugees and beneficiaries of complementary protection” in James C. Hathaway (ed.), Human Rights and Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2014) (reprint).
  • “A child rights framework for assessing the status of refugee children” in Satvinder Juss and Colin Harvey (eds.), Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2013) 91 – 138.
  • Co-author (with Guglielmo Verdirame), “The end of refugee camps” in Satvinder Juss (ed.), Research Companion to Migration Laws Theory and Policy (Ashgate, 2013) 471 – 488.

Articles

  • “The best interests of the child principle as an independent source of protection” (2015) 64(2) International Comparative Law Quarterly 327
  • Co-author (with Justice Anthony North and James C. Hathaway), “Roundtable on the Future of the Refugee Convention Supervision” Journal of Refugee Studies (2013) (forthcoming).
  • Co-author (with Sarah Spencer CBE), "Equality for All? The Relationship between Immigration Status and the Allocation of Rights in the United Kingdom" (2012) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 160 – 175.
  • Co-author (with James C. Hathaway), “Queer cases make bad law” (2012) 44(2) New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 315-389 [published as lead article in symposium, with responses from Sir Richard Buxton, Ryan Goodman, John Tobin, David Frank, Jenni Millbank, Deborah Anker, Sabi Ardalan and Guglielmo Verdirame].
  • Co-author (with Michelle Foster), “A failed case of legal exceptionalism? Refugee status determination in Australia's 'excised' territories” (2011) 23(4) International Journal of Refugee Law 583 – 631.
  • “Treating like alike: The principle of non-discrimination as a tool to mandate the equal protection of refugees and beneficiaries of complementary protection” (2010) 34(1) Melbourne University Law Review 181 – 229. 
  • Co-author (with Kate Purcell), “Refugee processing freeze: Unlawful and practically unsound” (2010) 35(2) Alternative Law Journal 60 – 61.
  • “Keeping the cat out of the bag: The interaction between litigation privilege and the service of witness statements” (2010) 29 Civil Justice Quarterly 48 – 72.
  • “The service of witness statements and litigation privilege: ACCC v Cadbury” (2009) 13 The International Journal of Evidence and Proof 335 – 341.
  • "Medically mediated reproduction: Posthumous conception and the best interests of the child" (2007) 15 Journal of Law and Medicine 450 – 468. 

Research & Teaching

Jason has undertaken postgraduate study at the University of Melbourne, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and New York University. He received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge for his thesis, “The Child In International Refugee Law”. His research has focused principally on public international law, public law and human rights, and international refugee law, and he has taught in these areas at the University of Cambridge and New York University. 

At the University of Cambridge, Jason lectured in International Human Rights Law in the Master of Law (LLM) program (2010-2012). In 2010 Jason founded the Cambridge Pro Bono Project, which has, since its establishment, facilitated the involvement of more than 100 LLM and PhD students in various pro bono projects.

In 2011 Jason was a Visiting Fellow at New York University working under the supervision of Professor Philip Alston, where he was also involved in supervising students undertaking the International Human Rights Fellowship. In 2010 Jason was a Research Associate at Makerere University in Kampala, where he undertook research on unaccompanied refugee children, predominately from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jason is presently a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Jason is regularly invited to speak and present at conferences and workshops both domestically and overseas, particularly on issues relating to human rights and international refugee law. He has acted as a consultant to the Centre of Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Memberships

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Bar European Group
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association
  • Commercial Bar Association 
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • International Law Association
  • European Society of International Law
  • American Society of International Law

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