James Dixon - Public Law
University of Hull
University of Cambridge (Downing College)
Began legal career at Sheffield Law Centre dealing with employment law, immigration/asylum and general consumer advice. Thereafter, worked at the English Translation Division of the European Court of Justice translating court documents (judgments, Advocate General’s opinion) from French and Italian.
Main practice areas: prison law (including associated appellate and CCRC work), public law, mental health, immigration/asylum, actions against the police, inquests, employment and human rights.
Has considerable experience of delivering CPD-accredited training.
Fluent in Italian and German, excellent knowledge of Hungarian and good working knowledge of French.
Practices in judicial review in a number of areas especially involving issues arising out of detention in different contexts (prison, immigration, mental health, the exercise of police powers, inquests) and where human rights are engaged.
Exercise of police powers generally, extradition, education, planning, Local Government powers, immigration (in addition to detention cases), issues relating to EU law, criminal court decisions, community care.
Won Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award at Birmingham Law Society Awards 2013.
B.A. (Hons) Hull
Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Lawyers Bar Association
Association of Prison Lawyers
Prisoner Legal Rights Group
Criminal Bar Association
R (on the application of Duffy) v Deputy Coroner for the County of Worcestershire v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust  EWHC 1654 (Admin) Successful in judicial review challenge, a High Court Judge ordered a new inquest into the death of a 14 month old boy at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch. Click here for more information.
HH and PH v Deputy Prosecutor of The Italian Republic, Genoa, and Official Solicitor, JUSTICE, Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervening; BH AND KAS v The Lord Advocate, The Scottish Ministers and Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervening; FK v Poland
R (Aso Mohammed) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWHC 1228 (Admin) (Solicitors: Tyndallwoods, Birmingham)
Successfully represented the Claimant in this case which involved an unlawful caution (with attendant obligations such as signing on the sex offender register) and where the Court found that his Article 8 ECHR rights had been breached and therefore awarded damages under the Human Rights Act 1998.
R (Harrison) v Birmingham Magistrates Court and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWCA Civ 332
Court of Appeal quashed a forfeiture order made under s.298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Appellant was not present at the forfeiture hearing and said she had no knowledge of it, which the Court accepted. The Court invoked the exceptional – but nonetheless important – jurisdiction which entitles a judicial review court to quash the decision of an inferior court or tribunal on grounds of procedural unfairness even where that court cannot itself be criticised. The Court also invited the Lord Chief Justice to consider a change to the Magistrates’ Courts (Detention and Forfeiture of Cash) Rules 2002. The case is also a reminder that claims for judicial review can succeed even where brought long after the usual 3-month rule. In addition, it reinforces the message that there should be close liaison as between police officers dealing with POCA and criminal matters, a message not always heeded.
H v Lord Advocate Supreme Court, 20 June 2012
Subject: Extradition; Civil procedure
Keyword(s): Parents; Devolution issues; Children; Extradition orders; United States; Scotland; Right to respect for private and family life; Scotland
Where Reported:  UKSC 24; Official Transcript
R. (on the application of HH) v Westminster City Magistrates' Court Supreme Court, 20 June 2012
Subject: Extradition; Human rights
Keyword(s): Right to respect for private and family life; Extradition; European arrest warrants; Children; Proportionality; Delay
Where Reported:  UKSC 25; Official Transcript