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Raj is a former solicitor. He joined Matrix as a full member in 2011 after completing his traineeship at Matrix.

Raj specialises in public and human rights law. His practice encompasses prison law, civil actions against the police, inquests and inquiries work, equality law, asylum and immigration, information law and education law. He also has experience of international law work, in particular applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Raj is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel.

Raj has a mixed judicial review and civil actions practice. He regularly appears at all levels of the courts and tribunal system, including before the County Court and High Court, First-Tier and Upper Tribunal, the Parole Board, and Inquests and Inquiries, as well as appellate work before the Court of Appeal, Privy Council and the Supreme Court. He also has experience of mediations.

Raj’s clients are predominantly individuals, but he is also instructed by NGOs, charities, public authorities, regulatory bodies, and companies. Raj believes in the importance of high quality representation and advice for all regardless of their means, and is pleased to accept instructions from legally aided clients. Where funding is not available, he will accept instructions on a pro bono basis where able to do so.

Raj is security cleared by the Home Office.

Recent and current cases:

Raj’s notable recent and current cases include:

  • Daly and ors (aka MA) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: challenge to human rights compatibility of application of the bedroom tax to certain groups of persons with disabilities and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme homes. Instructed by EHRC. (judgment of Supreme Court pending).
  • A and anor v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] EWCA civ 29: successful challenge to human rights compatibility of bedroom tax to victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme homes. Instructed by EHRC.
  • R (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills [2015] UKSC 57, [2015] 1 WLR 3820: a successful human rights challenge to the student loan eligibility criteria.
  • Mohidin and Khan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] EWHC 2740 QB: successful High Court civil action for racially motivated assault and false imprisonment of two teenagers by TSG officers in which the Commissioner took the highly unusual step of joining the individual officers as Part 20 Defendants.
  • R (Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 9, [2015] AC 1065: a human rights challenge to the retention of personal data of a peaceful protestor on a national domestic extremist police database.
  • R (Khatib) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 606 Admin: successful judicial review before the Divisional Court of the review procedure for assignment to High Escape risk status of a Category A terrorist prisoner.

Previous and academic work

Raj holds a first class undergraduate law degree and postgraduate law degree from Oxford University. Before joining the Bar, Raj qualified as a solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard solicitors. He subsequently worked as judicial assistant to the then Lord Chief Justice and Lord Justice (now Lord) Carnwath at the Court of Appeal. He has also worked for the Human Rights Department of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office in Melbourne, Australia.

Raj teaches public law, and has previously also taught human rights law on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, at Oxford University. Raj is a co-author of the Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act (7th Ed.,OUP) and a contributing author to Criminal Justice and Human Rights (3rd Ed, Sweet & Maxwell) and Prison Law (5th Ed., OUP). He is a co-author of the forthcoming edition of ‘Judicial Review: A Practical Guide’ (Jordans).

Raj accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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