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Joshua Hitchens joins Outer Temple

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Joshua Hitchens to our public law team.

Joshua qualified in 2018 and practises in all of Chambers’ specialisms. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel and has acted in a number of high-profile public law matters. 

Most recently, he acted for the Claimant in the landmark case of R(Ncube) v Brighton and Hove City Council, Shelter Intervening [2021] EWHC 578 (Admin) in which it was established that Covid-19 is an emergency for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1972 and that local authorities have statutory powers to accommodate those with no recourse to public funds during the pandemic. He is also currently instructed in a number of important judicial reviews as well as an application to hold the Secretary of State for the Home Department in contempt of Court.

Joshua has an international element to his practice and has appeared in a number of commercial, chancery and public law appeals in the Privy Council. He was also instructed by a national charity in their application to intervene in the UK Supreme Court case of Miller v The Prime Minister UKSC 2019/0192.

Joshua has a strong interest in human rights and matters relating to homelessness, social care and the use of police powers. He is currently instructed in a major claim against a UK Police force arising out of a failure to properly investigate allegations of rape.

Joshua’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 particular expertise in forced marriage and Bloomsbury recently published a textbook he co-authored on forced marriage law and practice.

Joshua’s practice also encompasses employment and he is currently instructed in the Employment Appeals Tribunal. He has a particular interest Employment matters with equality and discrimination elements.

Chief Executive of Chambers, Rebecca Priestley said “We are delighted to welcome Joshua to the team at Outer Temple Chambers. Joshua has an impressive track record in public law and will be a great asset to our team.” 

Joshua said of his appointment “I am thrilled to be joining Outer Temple Chambers. I am excited to build on my existing Public Law and Court of Protection caseload whilst continuing to develop my commercial and employment practice. It is a privilege to be joining a leading set with such an impressive reputation and expertise in my practice areas”.

Find out more

Find out more about Joshua on his profile or alternatively, contact Please contact Paul Barton (+44 (0)207 427 4907).

News 15 Mar, 2021


Joshua Hitchens

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