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Joshua joined Chambers in 2020 following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is happy to accept instructions across all of Chambers’ areas of practice and is also a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.

Education and Previous Experience

Joshua completed a BA (Hons) in Law (2013-2016), in which he received a Double First, and an LLM (2016-17), in which he obtained a First, at Downing College, University of Cambridge. During the course of his studies, Joshua pursued his interests in public law and human rights law as a research intern at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in 2016. He was also a research assistant to Shaheed Fatima QC in 2017 for the final report of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict.

Following his legal studies, Joshua worked at the Court of Appeal as the Judicial Assistant to Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls from 2017 to 2018. Whilst at the Court of Appeal, Joshua worked on a wide variety of cases involving, among other things, commercial law, professional discipline law, public law, human rights law, personal injury law and civil procedure. He also helped prepare research for lectures on a range of legal topics.

Joshua was awarded the Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn and an Excellence Award from BPP University to study the BPTC (2018-19), where he received an Outstanding. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2019.

Whilst completing the BPTC, Joshua also supervised undergraduate students in Administrative Law at Newnham College, University of Cambridge for the 2018/19 academic year.


Public Law and Human Rights

Joshua has a keen interest in public law and human rights matters, having previously taught undergraduate students in Administrative Law as well as having assisted the Court of Appeal with a wide range of appellate cases relating to public law and human rights. He is building a varied practice in this area, including in cases where public law and human rights law crosses over with other practice areas. Examples of his recent instructions include the following:

  • Inquest touching on the death of AB – represented the family of the deceased in a two-day Article 2 inquest into a death occurring during hospital admission. The coroner gave a narrative conclusion which included findings of systemic and individual failings amounting to neglect by the NHS Trust.
  • AA and BB v C County Council – instructed in relation to certain interim matters in two linked ‘failure to remove’ cases involving children who are claiming damages for common law negligence and Human Rights Act damages for breach of their rights under Articles 3, 6 and 8 of the ECHR.
  • EE v Secretary of State for the Home Department – successfully obtained a grant of immigration bail for a vulnerable adult where there was no realistic prospect of the Secretary of State effecting deportation within a reasonable period.

During pupillage, Joshua assisted members of Chambers in a range of public law matters, including the following matters:

  • Assisted Naomi Ling (as a pupil) in the 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation [2020] EWHC 1568 (TCC) (concerning public procurement law challenges to Stagecoach’s disqualification from the tender process for three rail franchises, on the basis of its bidding approach to pensions issues with the Railways Pension Scheme which arose out of intervention by the Pensions Regulator).
  • Assisted Oliver Powell (as a pupil) in drafting an advice on collaterally challenging the legal basis for bringing a regulatory prosecution as unlawful under public law.
  • Assisted Tim Nesbitt QC (as a pupil) in drafting an advice concerning transport regulation, local government law and public procurement law.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn) (2019)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) (2018)
  • BPP Excellence Award (BPP Law School) (2017)
  • Senior Harris Scholar (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2016 and 2017)
  • Kathryn Wilsey & Keith W Lerch Book Prize for Law (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2016 and 2017)
  • Foundation Scholar of Downing College (2016) (Downing College, University of Cambridge)
  • Littleton Chambers Prize for Labour Law (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge) (2016)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) (2016)
  • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge) (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Harris Book Prize (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2015)
  • Kathryn Wilsey & Keith W Lerch Scholarship for Law (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2014 and 2015)
  • Seton Cavendish Book Prize (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2014)

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