Joshua Hitchens

Josh practices in Public, Commercial and Employment Law. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel and has acted both led and unled in a number of high profile judicial review and public law matters in the High Court and the Privy Council. He has a particular expertise in human rights, homelessness, police law and social care. He regularly appears alone against much more senior members of the Bar, including Queen’s Counsel.  His reported cases are listed below.

In a commercial context, Josh has appeared in the County Court, High Court and Privy Council in insolvency, regulatory, contractual, commercial property, and chancery matters. Before coming to the Bar, Josh worked in private equity and as such has strong commercial awareness and understanding of the needs of corporate and commercial clients.

Josh regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal for both employers and employees. He has a particular interest in discrimination claims and has conducted a number of lengthy and complex discrimination claims. He is currently instructed in the Court of Appeal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and in a number of complex Employment Tribunal Claims.

Josh’s practice also incorporates the law of mental incapacity. He regularly appears in the Court of Protection in both Personal Welfare and Property and Financial Affairs disputes. He has a particular interest in cases involving abuse of incapacious adults and is the co-author of  Forced Marriage Law and Practice.


Josh regularly appears in significant judicial review and Human Act 1998 claims as well as other Tortious claims against public bodies. He was instructed by a national charity in their application in intervene in the Supreme Court case of Miller v the Prime Minister [2019] UKSC 41. He has acted in a number of significant cases and has a large number of reported cases for his year of call:

Notable Public Law cases

R(OAO Tiemo) v Lambeth London Borough Council [2020] EWHC 1193

R (OAO Awodola) v Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [2020] EWHC 3059 (Admin)

R (Ncube) v Brighton and Hove City Council [201] A.C.D 57

Betaudier v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2021] UKPC 7

R (OAO R) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] WLKUK 362

R (Robinson) v Buckinghamshire County Council and anor [2021] EWHC 2014 (Admin)

Duncan and another v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2021] UKPC 17

R (Maxey) v High Speed 2 Ltd [2021] EWHC 246 (Admin)

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.

Notable Commercial & Chancery cases

Maloo et al v Somar [2019] UKPC 2016/0071

Appeared as led junior counsel in a contract case before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

De Zwarte Band v Kanhai [2019] UKPC 48

Josh is currently instructed alone in the Court of Appeal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and a number of complex Employment Tribunal claims. He advises and represents both employers and employees on all employment law issues, but has a particular interest in discrimination claims.

Josh spent several months on secondment in the adult social care legal department of a large local authority.  He has an in depth knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the statutory duties of local authorities under the Care Act 2014 and related legislation. He regularly appears in the Court of Protection in both property and financial affairs proceedings and health and welfare proceedings. He appears for individuals, local authorities and the Official Solicitor.

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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