Aidan joined Matrix in October 2016 upon the completion of his traineeship. As a trainee he was supervised by Hugh Southey QC, Sara Mansoori, Lorna Skinner, Aileen McColgan and Laura Prince, gaining exposure to public, human rights, media, and employment law cases at all levels up to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Aidan has appeared in the High Court, Employment Tribunal, First-Tier Tribunal (Special Education Needs and Disability) and the Magistrates’ Courts.
In the area of public law and human rights Aidan has been instructed in cases concerning special educational needs, police misconduct proceedings and surveillance. As a trainee, he worked on cases relating to prisons, police powers, the use of force on detainees, immigration and citizenship, higher education and trade union recognition.
In media and information law, Aidan has advised on claims for defamation and harassment. During his traineeship, Aidan contributed to advisory work and litigation on the misuse of private information, libel, data protection and freedom of information. He is a contributor to the Inforrm blog and has written for the Entertainment Law Review and The Reporter. He has also undertaken secondments to media organisations and co-written an online course on defamation with Guy Vassall-Adams QC.
Building upon his experience as a volunteer with South West London Law Centres and Public Concern at Work, Aidan is currently instructed in employment law proceedings relating to disability, sex, and race discrimination and unfair dismissal. He also has experience of complex jurisdictional and conflict of laws disputes in the employment field.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Aidan spent eight years doing legal policy research and advisory work in the area of national security and human rights, both at DCAF (a Geneva-based international foundation) and as an independent consultant. In this context, he published widely on the regulation and oversight of security services and police, public inquiries, access to information and security sector whistleblowing. Aidan played a prominent role in drafting the UN Compilation of good practices on intelligence agencies and their oversight, and the Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (Tshwane Principles).
Aidan has acted as a consultant to the European Parliament, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, and the UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights. He has delivered lectures and training on these issues throughout Europe, the Middle East and Southern Africa.
Aidan holds a first-class honours degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham, an M.A. in International Affairs (distinction equivalent) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), and a Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) from BPP University.
Aidan is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and speaks French to an advanced level.
He is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, ALBA, HRLA, ELA and Justice.
Making International Intelligence Cooperation Accountable (with I Leigh and H Born) (Parliament of Norway, 2015).
Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services (Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, 2015).
Who’s Watching the Overseers? in Regards sur le contrôle, eds. W Van Laethem and J Vanderborght (Intersentia, 2013).
Parliamentary Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies in the EU (with M. Vermeulen, 2012) (European Parliament, 2011).
International Intelligence Cooperation and Accountability (edited volume with H. Born and I Leigh) (Routledge, 2011).