Joshua Hitchens

Barrister

Call: 2018 

“Counsel’s legal experience and approach to my case was of a high standard.”

Temi Oloyede - The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Practice Summary

Josh practises in all of Chambers' specialisms. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel and has acted in a number of high profile public law matters. He was instructed by a national charity in their application to intervene in the UK Supreme Court case of Miller v The Prime Minister UKSC2019/0192. He has also been instructed on a number of Judicial Reviews and Human Rights claims in the High Court.  He has also been instructed to appear before the Privy Council as led counsel in matters relating to chancery, commercial, media and public law.

Josh also undertakes Employment and Court of Protection work. He is currently instructed on a High Court matter concerning Forced Marriage and regularly appears in the Court of Protection. In terms of Employment, Josh has a particular interest in Discrimination and Equality claims. 

Josh started his training in a criminal set of chambers before developing an interest and experience in commercial, public, regulatory and media disputes. As such he has a particular knowledge of regulatory and quasi-criminal disputes. . Josh also has a strong international element to his practice with particular experience in cases from Trinidad and Tobago.

In his spare time, he enjoys the theatre, sailing and rugby and politics.

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Public & Administrative

Josh has advised and acted in a number of high profile  Judicial Review Claims. He is currently instructed in a Judicial Review Claim against the Secretary of State for Justice relating to the categorisation of a prisoner and a separate Human Rights Claim against a major police force. He was instructed in a national charity's proposed intervention in the Supreme Court prorogation case, Miller v The Prime Minister. He also has advised on and drafted a number of statutory appeals to the High Court. 

Court of Protection

Josh regularly appears in the Court of Protection in complex health and welfare cases. The majority of Josh's work involves a safeguarding aspect, in particular that P has been the victim of physical, sexual or financial abuse. Josh also acts in the cross over area between Court of Protection and other jurisdictions, and is currently instructed in a High Court Family Division matter relating to Forced Marriage. 

Employment

Josh appears in the Employment Tribunal for Employers, Employees and Trade Unions. He has advised on TUPE matters and appears in the Employment Tribunal in matters relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal, wages, redundancy and other claims. He has a particular interest in Discrimination claims. 

Commercial & Chancery

Josh has been instructed in the Privy Council on commercial and chancery matters. He has previously worked in Private Equity so has a strong commercial awareness and an understanding of the business needs of clients. He is currently instructed on an international commercial dispute before the Privy Council. 

Planning & Environment

Josh appeared as led junior counsel in the case of Maloo and others v Somar [2019] UKPC 13 which concerned planning permission for the subdivision of land. He has also advised on a number of proposed environmental, planning and regulatory actions and prosecutions. He has particular experience of representing Local Authorities in Environmental Protection Act prosecutions. 

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Josh accepts instructions to represent clients before disciplinary tribunals and their professional bodies. During his first six months of pupillage, Josh assisted with R (ORR) v TFL & Balfour Beatty, a regulatory prosecution leading to a significant fine following life changing injuries suffered by a railway worker. During this period, he also assisted with the defence of a major prosecution for misconduct in public office heard at the Central Criminal Court.


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