From 2011–2016, Angela was Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE, the UK branch of the International Commission of Jurists. Her case load covered the UK’s senior courts and the European Court of Human Rights (including in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence, Rahmatullah v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Belhaj & Ors v Straw & Ors and Tariq v United Kingdom). She has managed collaborative teams of both leading and junior counsel.
She was previously a legal adviser to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights. She led on numerous inquiries, including on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She advised on the legality of proposed legislation, including the Bills which would become the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Defamation Act 2013.
Angela has held academic posts at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and University College London. She acts as an expert trainer, including for the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute and the Council of Europe, and regularly provides training on human rights and public law to lawyers in the UK and overseas.
Angela has published and lectured widely and is a contributing author to Sweet and Maxwell’s Human Rights Practice. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Legal and Policy Committee of Freedom from Torture.
As Director of Human Rights at JUSTICE, Angela led the human rights strategy of one of the UK’s leading law reform charities. She accepts instruction in a broad range of civil liberties and human rights matters.
She has advised on issues including systemic challenges to the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights and on the human rights impacts of changes to legislation, policy and practice. She advised MPs and Peers on issues from the treatment of DNA retention in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to restrictions on travel and the seizure of passports in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Angela has particular expertise in human rights, counter-terrorism and national security. She has advised on issues including deportations with assurances (intervention in XX (Ethiopia)); counter-terrorism legislation and its application (providing advice to MPs and Peers on legislative reform from the Terrorism Prevention and Investigatory Measures Act 2011 to the proposed Extremism Bill for JUSTICE) and surveillance and investigatory powers (advising on the Draft Communications Data Bill 2012 and the Investigatory Powers Bill 2015).
Angela has particular experience in open justice, disclosure and closed material proceedings (advising on the Justice and Security Act 2012; intervention in Tariq v UK). She regularly advises on freedom of expression, data protection and privacy matters. She led for both the JCHR and then JUSTICE on the passing and implementation of the Defamation Act 2013 and progress of the Leveson inquiry.
Her recent case work includes Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence (intervention on the extraterritorial application of the HRA 1998) and Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office v Rahmatullah (on the scope of habeas corpus).
Angela accepts instruction across chambers administrative and public law practice. She has a broad experience both in research and policy in public administration and in judicial review.
Recent case work includes securing permission for JUSTICE to intervene in the First Tier Tribunal (Charity), in Human Dignity Trust v Charity Commission (Maya Lester leading) (scope of charitable objectives for the promotion and protection of human rights) and in the Court of Appeal in Public Law Project v Secretary of State for Justice (Residence Test) (Dinah Rose QC leading).
Her reported public law cases include R (Fogg & Ledgard) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 2888 (war grave designation; costs protection) and R (Burke) v General Medical Council  EWCA Civ 1003 (withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration, intervention by the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales).
Angela’s recent publications include guides on the implementation of the procedural reforms in Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 consistent with the rule of law and on running third party public interest interventions in UK and European courts.
Angela was responsible for the Joint Committee on Human Rights influential scrutiny of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and she led its scrutiny of the treatment of deaths in custody for five years. She worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry with Anthony Jennings QC.
She has a particular interest in the treatment of disclosure and the management of sensitive material by inquests and inquiries, having advised on closed material procedures in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and led JUSTICE’s response to the Justice and Security Act 2013.
She has designed and delivered training for lawyers at JUSTICE on inquests and inquiries and accepts instructions across all areas chambers’ inquiry work.
Angela is a member of Doughty Street International. She has particular expertise in the implementation of international human rights law in domestic law, policy and practice.
She advised the Joint Committee on Human Rights on both the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the conclusion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Angela led a programme of work focused on increasing the effective execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, consistent with Article 46 ECHR. She was responsible for JUSTICE’s work on the future of the European Convention on Human Rights and represented the NGO sector at the Brighton Conference under the last UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
Recent case work includes Belhaj & Ors v Straw & Ors (intervention for JUSTICE, the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty and REDRESS on the scope of foreign act of state doctrine and state immunity, redress for torture and rendition).
She acts as a trainer on international human rights law and the scope of international treaties for the protection of individual rights, including for the International Bar Association, the Council of Europe and the OSCE. Her recent research has focused on the responsibilities of Parliaments, public authorities and agencies to implement international standards effectively, on the limits of derogation from international human rights treaties and on domestic jurisdiction and redress for violations of international human rights standards in UK law.
Angela regularly contributes to a range of online publications and blogs, including the UK Human Rights Blog, the UK Supreme Court Blog and the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog.
Contributing Author (Chapter 13: Article 13: The Right to an Effective Remedy; Chapter 18: The Human Rights Act 1998), Human Rights Practice, General Editor, Jessica Simor QC, Sweet & Maxwell (Looseleaf).
Editor, Book Review, European Human Rights Review, Sweet & Maxwell.
Contributing Author (Chapter 17), Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit, Eds, Murray Hunt, Hayley Hooper, Paul Yowell, OUP, 2015.
JUSTICE, To Assist the Court: Third Party Interventions in the Public Interest, June 2016 (with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer).
JUSTICE, Freedom from Suspicion: Building a Surveillance Framework for a Digital Age, November 2015 (with Eric Metcalfe).
JUSTICE et al, Judicial Review and the Rule of Law: An Introduction to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act Part 4, October 2015 (with Martin Westgate QC, Stephen Grosz QC and Ravi-Low Beer).