Jessica Simor QC (Matrix Chambers) and James Libson (Mishcon de Reya) will offer an insight of their involvement in the Miller (1) and (2) cases and debate prorogation and Brexit.
The department of Law at Goldsmiths and Goldsmiths' 'Britain in Europe' thinktank are delighted to welcome to the College one of the UK's leading specialists in Public, EU and human rights law, Matrix Chambers' Jessica Simor QC, who was counsel in the first Miller case, representing the second Claimant, Dos Santos, and the Executive Partner of leading law firm Mishcon de Reya (and Head of Private there), James Libson, who had also been involved in the first Miller case and led the Mishcon legal team on the second Miller case, where the UK Supreme Court found that the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament was ‘unlawful’ and its ‘effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme’.
We will have a unique opportunity to hear from James and Jessica expert analysis on the legal work that went into and made possible the historic Miller cases, with a focus on the prorogation judgment and the key constitutional ramifications stemming from it, before attempting to reflect on next steps in the Brexit process, in the crucial weeks ahead.
Jessica Simor QC stood as a Change UK candidate in London in the European Parliament elections in May. She has represented clients like Google, the Post Office, National Express as well as NGOs and government departments. Prior to taking Silk in 2013, Jessica was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel. She is editor of ‘Human Rights Practice’, a qualified mediator, was in 2016 UK nominee for Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, is a member of BEG and vice chair of the Bar Council EU Law Committee. Jessica was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2014.
In his private practice, James Libson acts for a wide variety of clients such as high profile individuals, corporations, families, family offices and charities, providing a broad range of legal expertise which includes defamation, privacy, employment, commercial disputes and litigation. Legal 500 have listed him as a legal expert in commercial litigation, employment and defamation and Chambers & Partners describes him as a 'lateral thinker with innovative ideas'. James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Law in April 2018. In October 2019, he was ‘The Times’ lawyer of the week, for his work on the Miller (2) case.
Photo credit: UK Supreme Court
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