Cornerstone Barristers has announced that its barrister, Dr Sam Fowles, has been asked to join the Chair of the Bar’s advisory group on the Human Rights Act.
The group has been set up by Derek Sweeting QC to advise on the government’s proposed agenda around reforming the Human Rights Act 1998.
It is composed of barristers selected by the Chair of the Bar to give evidence in person to the Gross Review of the Human Rights Act in May 2021, of which Fowles was one.
Additionally, Fowles is one of only three members of the advisory group to not hold the rank of Queen’s Counsel.
Meanwhile, Fowles has provided legal and policy advice at all levels of government, from the Council of Europe to parish councils, reportedly appearing in “many of the leading public law cases of recent years”.
This includes the Court of Appeal hearing in March 2021 on behalf of 42 convicted former Post Office workers. Cornerstone Barristers said this a case that “has been described as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in recent history”.
Additionally, Fowles reportedly maintains a broad practice with a particular interest in public and constitutional law, planning and environmental law, data protection and privacy, and freedom of information.