Richard Adkinson - Public Law
Richard is a barrister who works across a wide range of legal areas and represents both individuals and undertakings, both large and small. This wide range of experience equips him to deal with a wide range of different situations.
Richard has acted in number of cases that display a number of public law elements both through his work as a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for the Midland’s Region and otherwise. His experience in employment law means that he is able to handle discrimination claims, and his experience in commercial work enables him to deal with public law issues that arise outside of the judicial review arena.
Examples of recent work includes
- Advising a local authority on whether a contract that outsourced leisure centres to a third party was lawful and if not, the consequences and on the impact of transfers of employment,
- Acting for the Ministry of Justice in a claim bought by a prisoner that he had been subjected to disability discrimination
- Acting for the Ministry of Defence in a claim that its revocation of a licence to occupy service accommodation was unlawful because it was an act of sex discrimination, while counterclaiming for possession,
- Advising two individuals who sought to sue the local public transport operator for its refusal to carry them and in particular on the grounds of disability discrimination.
- Acted for a local authority seeking and then enforcing an enforcement order against a person who hired cars over the internet under the Enterprise Act 2002
Richard regularly acts for government departments in these sorts of claims.
Richard also acts from time to time in immigration judicial review claims.
R. (on the application of Mujaranji) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 4408 (Admin) – whether the Secretary of State was correct to certify that a claimant’s human rights claim was clearly unfounded where C had travelled from Germany on forged identity card and Germany accepted responsibility.
Donaghy v Revenue and Customs Commissioners:  UKUT 148 (TCC),  S.T.C. 1931: Whether, when implementing the farmers’ averaging scheme, HMRC was correct to treat a loss as nil? Whether the farmers’ averaging scheme was discriminatory or a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights?
Richard is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for the Midlands’ Region.
Richard is a Deputy District Judge in the North Eastern Region.
MEng (Hons) Electronic (Communications) Engineering, University of Sheffield
PGDip (Law), De Montfort University