The Young Fabians Law Network are delighted to announce our next event: ‘An Evening with Jolyon Maugham QC’.
This will take place on Monday 4 November at the Fabians HQ in Westminster, and is scheduled to begin at 7pm.
Make sure you guarantee a place by getting a free ticket on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-jolyon-maugham-qc-tickets-77953265315?ref=estw
Jolyon will discuss his role in the recent prorogation case, which challenged Boris Johnson’s attempt to shut down Parliament for 5 weeks before the imminent (or is it?) Brexit deadline. He’ll also speak about his strategic litigation organisation, the Good Law Project, and his broader experience challenging government actions and cause lawyering.
After his talk, the floor will be opened up to question and we invite our members to submit these in advance. The deadline for sending questions to us, via our Facebook page, is Friday 1st November. Time permitting, we will also attempt to take a few questions from the audience on the day.
Please note that we particularly invite questions that explore constitutional law and the relationship between the judiciary, Parliament and the executive, as well as those touching on building a career in cause lawyering and campaigning tactics.
Finally, if you require any reasonable adjustments, please let us know.
____About Jolyon Maugham QC____
Jolyon is a practising barrister based at Devereux Chambers, where he specialises in tax litigation. Although politically unaffiliated, he has advised the Labour Party (under Ed Miliband) on tax policy, and frequently champions progressive causes.
You’ll have seen his name in the headlines recently, following his frontline role, along with Joanna Cherry QC MP, in seeking judicial review, via the Scottish courts, of the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament. This challenge was ultimately successful on appeal in Scotland – and later on a joint appeal in the UK Supreme Court – with both benches ruling unanimously that the prorogation was unlawful.
Jolyon’s challenges to Brexit didn’t stop there, however. Just this week, he brought another case to prevent a vote on Boris Johnson’s new deal, arguing it contravened Section 55 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2010. Although Edinburgh’s Court of Session rejected his arguments this time, you can no doubt expect further cause lawyering on Brexit from Jolyon, and his organisation the Good Law Project, in future.
The Good Law Project does more than just campaign on Brexit, though. Set up to channel the law into forging a progressive society, the group has notably taken Uber to the Tax Tribunal, arguing that the company avoided paying £1 billion in VAT, and has campaigned against unfair work practices such as low wages and the imposition of financial penalties on graduates. You can learn more about its work here: https://goodlawproject.org/.
Jolyon tweets (prolifically) at @JolyonMaugham and blogs at https://waitingfortax.com/, where he can be found discussing tax, politics and of course, Brexit.
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