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Jeremy Hyam QC

Call:  1995 
QC: 2016


Jeremy Hyam QC is a specialist in Administrative and Public Law, Human Rights, Clinical Negligence, Public Inquiries, Professional Discipline and Environmental He has particular experience in all aspects of health law, including Mental Health, the regulation and discipline of doctors; GMS contracts, the Health and Social Care Act, the Care Standards Tribunal, and cases concerning eligibility for and access to treatment including cases concerning community care.


Jeremy is ranked as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law, Clinical Negligence, Civil Liberties, Environmental Law and Professional Discipline in Chambers and Partners and as a leading junior in Environmental Law in the Legal 500.  

Administrative and Public Law

"Superb written work. He makes complex law easy to understand. Also superb on his feet. Judges hang on his every word." "He is very thorough and knowledgeable." (Chambers 2017)

"Has gravitas, sounds compelling and there is something about his manner which makes you feel like you shouldn't disagree with him." "He is in a good position to handle heavy cases which would otherwise go to a QC."  (Chambers UK 2016)

“He is very adept at quickly identifying the client’s real concerns, and explaining their impact in practice and in context”  (Chambers UK 2015)

"He is able to spot the underlying merits of points and articulate them clearly." "He is excellent on paper." (Chambers UK 2014)

Jeremy Hyam's approach to public law is creative and "intellectually rigorous." He has strong client skills and "is interested in people." One solicitor said of him: "Although public law litigation focuses on legal points, I think his private law side allows him to see the benefits that come to individuals." (Chambers UK, 2013)

Jeremy Hyam has ‘a formidable intellect’ and his ‘attention to detail is immaculate’, particularly when it comes to the healthcare arena. (Legal 500, 2012)

He is praised as a public lawyer with a “fertile imagination and strong legal brain” and stands out for the sheer range of work he does. (Chambers UK, 2011)

Jeremy Hyam is a "personable and adventurous advocate" who is particularly active in health, education and community care. (Chambers UK 2010)

Professional Discipline

"A highly innovative lawyer, he is inventive in how he applies the law and demonstrates an impressive grasp of emerging legal trends." "He is an incredibly thoughtful, intelligent and committed advocate whose advice is invariably reliable." "He is always helpful and effective as an advocate, and he works extremely well to a tight timescale." (Chambers 2017)

"He is a very, very clever senior junior and was a brilliant member of our legal team as he was approachable, intelligent and pragmatic." "He's a delightful opponent who is constantly seeking to push the envelope and find new and innovative arguments. He's tenacious, enterprising and inventive in terms of his legal analysis, and his written arguments are also presented in an attractive and beguiling manner."  (Chambers UK 2016)

“He is a first class advocate with an intellectual approach”  (Chambers UK 2015)

Clinical Negligence

"He is thoughtful, calm under pressure and a good strategist." (Chambers 2017)

"People fight over him to get him to be their junior. There's something about his manner that makes you feel like you shouldn't disagree with him." (Chambers UK 2016)

“Intellectually he’s very creative, and understands a wide area of law.  He’s very careful and exceptionally responsive – a 24/7 person who’s easy to talk to” (Chambers UK 2015)

"Very good in court. He's dogged and determined." (Chambers UK 2014)

Jeremy Hyam is a favourite of instructing solicitors as he "is very methodical, and works well to a tight deadline." (Chambers UK, 2013)

“a valued option for claims that involve knotty legal problems.” (Chambers UK, 2011)

Solicitors are appreciative of the work Hyam puts into their cases, with one stating: "I find Jeremy to be an invaluable ally on my cases; he is extremely bright and an excellent person to bat ideas off."  (Chambers UK 2010)

Environmental Law

"Very good at defending clients against Environment Agency prosecutions." "He is particularly strong on the public law aspects of environmental law." (Chambers 2017)

“Can be very forceful when necessary. When that happens you think, Crikey, I'm glad I'm not against him." (Chambers UK 2016)

‘Rated highly.’ (Legal 500 2016)

“He is thoughtful, studious and forceful on his feet” (Chambers UK 2015)

"He is very easy to get on with and is in tune with our clients' needs. He has got a non-aggressive but assertive and clear approach." (Chambers UK 2014)

Jeremy Hyam is "a combative lawyer with great client management skills." He recently appeared in Alyson Austen and Others, a Court of Appeal case concerning Protective Costs Orders and Group Litigation Orders. (Chambers UK, 2013)

Jeremy Hyam has an ‘excellent analytical mind’ and ‘considers the commercial element of an issue as well as the legal’. (Legal 500, 2012)

Receives particular praise for his “very practical and commercially focussed approach to matters.” (Chambers UK, 2012)

“always gives excellent, practical advice and understands what his clients need.”  (Chambers UK, 2011)

The “unflappable and extremely genial” Jeremy Hyam has been increasingly visible in the environmental courts and has a robust reputation for nuisance and waste cases. Recent highlights include his work with South West Water in relation to the collapse of a sewer.  (Chambers UK 2010)

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

"He pushes the boundaries with great success; Jeremy knows his areas of law inside-out and is always happy to go the extra mile on behalf of his clients." (Chambers 2017)

“A highly praised advocate who comes recommended for his significant experience in all aspects of human rights cases. He places an emphasis on health law and is a recognised expert in mental health, the Health and Social Care Act and cases concerning the right to treatment for patients”.  (Chambers UK 2016)

‘Recommended for health-related matters.’ (Legal 500 2016)

“He is a good, reliable and effective advocate” (Chambers UK 2015)

"He is an excellent, thorough and enthusiastic advocate. He knows the interface between healthcare and human rights." (Chambers UK 2014)

Jeremy Hyam has a claimant-oriented practice that covers areas such as prisoners' rights and actions against the police. Instructing solicitors praise his "tremendous ability to think outside the box." (Chambers UK, 2013)

Jeremy Hyam has particular expertise in health and social care, and its intersection with human rights law.  He is also a favourite for Court of Protection work. (Chambers UK, 2012)

Jeremy Hyam is "a quiet and persuasive authority, who carries a lot of intellectual weight." Clients highlight the speed at which he can turn things around and his direct, effective advocacy.  (Chambers UK 2010)


"Human Rights and Mental Health" (Chapter in Human Rights and the Common Law: Hart Publishing 2000)


Queen’s Counsel (from February 2016)

Past appointments:
Attorney General's A Panel of Counsel
Attorney General's B Panel of Counsel
Special Advocate

Significant cases include the following

Williams v. Bermuda Hospitals Board [2016] UKPC 4; [2016] 1 WLR (D) 50

R (Keep Wythenshawe Special) v. Greater Manchester CCGs [2016] EWHC 17 (Admin).

Winspear v. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 3250 (QB) [2015] WLR (D) 468;

Stevens v. University of Birmingham [2015] EWHC 2300 (QB) [2015] IRLR 899; [2015] Med LR 489;

Bawa-Garba v. General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 1277

Thornhill v. Cambridge City Council and Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 340.

HMRC v. Colaingrove [2015] UKUT 80

R(BDA) v. General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 4311

Hogg v. Secretary of State for Health [2015] EWHC 267

R (Whitston, Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum v. Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWHC 3044 (Admin)[2015] ACD 5 : [2015] 1 Costs LR 35

R (Tracey) v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 822

R (JF) v. NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group [2014] EWHC 1345 (Admin)

R (Rose) v. Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group [2014] EWHC 1182

Gifford v. The Governor of HMP Bure and Ors [2014] EWHC 911 (Admin)

Fynes v. St George’s Hospital NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 756 (QB)

R (L) v. West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 47

R (Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign) v.Trust Special Administrator and Anor [2013] EWCA Civ 1409

SI Green UK v. Swansea Friends of the Earth and Information Commissioner [2013] UKUT 47

Merthyr Tydfil Car Auction v. Thomas [2013] EWCA Civ 815

Colaingrove Ltd v. HMRC (Verandas) [2013] UKFTT 343

R (Baker) v. Bath and North East Somerset County Council [2013] EWHC 946

R (Save our Surgery) v. Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts [2013] EWHC 439

Houshian v. General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 3458 (QB)

Harry v. General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 2762

R (Patel) v. General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 2012 EWHC 2120

Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry

Thornhill and Ors v. Nationwide Metal Recycling Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 919

Austin v. Miller Argent  South Wales [2011] EWCA Civ 928

R (Milner) v. South Central Strategic Health Authority [2011] EWHC 218

R (Garner) v. Elmbridge Borough Council an ors [2010] EWCA Civ 1006

Steenberg and Anor. V. Enterprise Inns Plc and Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 201

R (Birch) v. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council [2010] EWHC 416

R (Repic) v. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Anor[2009] EWHC 2015

Corkteck Ltd v. HMRC [2009] EWHC 1573

Morgan v. Hinton Organics (Wessex) Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 107

Watson and Ors v. Croft Promo-sport Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 15

R (On the application of Wright and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Health and another (Respondents) [2009] UKHL 3

NF(Ghana) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 906

R (Compton) v. Wiltshire Primary Care Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 906

K v. Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Anor [2008] EWHC 1217

HMRC v. EB Central Services [2008] EWCA Civ 486

R (Vu) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWHC 1192 (Admin)

R (Rayner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 1028

R (Rahman) v. Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust [2007] EWHC 584

HM Revenue and Customs v. Gracechurch Management Services [2007] EWHC 755;

HM Revenue and Customs v. EB Central Services [2007] EWHC 201

R (Singapore Medical Council) v General Medical Council [2006] EWHC 3277

R (Watts) v Bedford Primary Care Trust [2006] ECJ (Grand Chamber) Case C-372/04

R (Wyatt) v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust [2006] EWCA Civ 529

R (JB) v Haddock, Rigby and Wood [2006] HRLR 40; [2006] Lloyds Rep Med 433

R (B) v SS (1) SOAD (2) SoSH (3) [2006] 1 WLR 810; [2006] HRLR 14

R (Malik) v Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust [2006] 3 All ER 71

Other Cases of Note

Ms B v. An NHS Hospital Trust [2002] EWHC 429 (Fam) – right to die with dignity

H (A Healthcare Worker) v. Associated Newspapers and Ors [2002] EWCA Civ 195 – HIV infected healthcare worker seeking to restrict disclosure.

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