Experience

William Irwin has a public law practice with particular expertise in immigration, civil liberties, and human trafficking. He represents clients in complex inquests. He has a civil law practice representing government departments and private clients in claims relating to prisons, deaths in custody, detention, and personal injury claims where fraud is suspected.

Appointments

Attorney General’s  B Panel (London) in September 2020

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Bar Vocational Course, City University
  • MA History (First Class Honours) Jesus College, Cambridge

Professional Memberships

  • ALBA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work


Attorney General Panel

Appointed to B panel

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R(PMG) v Secretary of State for Justice

The Claimant, a senior member of a serious organized criminal gang, was released on licence from a lengthy sentence for GBH. She challenged the management of her licence conditions by her offender manager (probation officer).

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Inquest into the death of Janet Scott

Inquest into the death of Janet Scott, a woman who was murdered by her ex-partner Simon Mellors (SM). William Irwin represented the National Probation Service (NPS), part of the Ministry of Justice.

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EOG v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3310 (Admin)

Challenge to the lawfulness of the Secretary of State’s policy regarding grants of leave to remain to potential victims of human trafficking. Robin Tam QC and William Irwin represented the Secretary of State.

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AU (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 338; [2020] 1 W.L.R. 1562

The issue in this case was how the relationship between a foster child and a foster family should be treated for the purposes of deciding whether the foster child had established a family life within the meaning of Article 8 ECHR. William Irwin represented the Secretary of State.

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R(LH) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3457 (Admin)

The Claimant challenged the Secretary of State’s decision not to recognize him as a victim of human trafficking. William Irwin represented the Secretary of State. The Court allowed the challenge on the basis that the Secretary of State had not placed appropriate weight on new expert evidence.


CI (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 2027; [2020] Imm. A.R. 503

The Court of Appeal gave guidance to the proper approach to deciding whether there were “very compelling circumstances” not to deport a foreign national offender- the test in section 117C of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. William Irwin represented the Secretary of State.

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R(DS) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3046 (Admin); [2020] Imm. A.R. 409

The Claimant challenged the Secretary of State’s policy regarding reconsideration of decisions about whether a person was or was not a victim of human trafficking. William Irwin represented the Secretary of State.

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Sian Edlington v Ministry of Justice

The Claimant was a prison officer who was taken hostage by an inmate whilst working at HMP Woodhill. She claimed £350,000 in damages for psychiatric injury. William Irwin represented the Ministry of Justice.

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R (Shehu) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Citizens Directive: no suspensive appeals) IJR Citation [2016] UKUT 287 (IAC)

The Tribunal (UTJ Freeman) held that the redress procedure required by articles 31 and 35 of the Citizens Directive does not make it necessary to treat EEA appeals of any kind as suspensive, since arrangements can be made, on the conditions set out in article 31.4, for allowing the subject to submit his defence in person, which is reason enough for declining to treat the decision of the Court of Appeal in Ahmed [2016] EWCA Civ 303 as per incuriam for not dealing with article 35.

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Re Sean Jackson

Representing HMP Elmley in the inquest into the death of an inmate. The deceased was discovered suspended in his cell. The jury concluded that Mr Jackson had died in an accident.


Re Daniel Yeowell

Representing the family in the inquest into the death of a young man who died on a building site. The jury concluded that there had been a series of failings by his employer which contributed to his death.


The Leveson Inquiry

This was a major statutory public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. David Barr served throughout as first junior counsel to the Inquiry. Cathryn McGahey appeared as junior counsel for the Chairman of the Inquiry during related judicial review proceedings. Louise Jones acted for the core participant victims in the judicial review proceedings. William Irwin acted throughout providing legal assistance to Counsel to the Inquiry. Emily Wilsdon assisted in the preparation of the report.


TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VIII – July 2018

2nd July 2018

Please see link below for Issue VIII of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VI – September 2017

21st September 2017

Please see link below for Issue 6 of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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