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John Nicholson

Administrative & Public Law

Since the opening of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, John has substantially increased his judicial review advice and representation.  He has won a series of judicial review hearings locally, including challenges to rejections of fresh representations (such as Steve) and claims involving Article 8 and children's rights (including Banda, Suppiah and Tologiwa).  He is committed to training on these issues, especially on assisting practitioners with methods of winning their cases in practice.

John represented South Manchester Law Centre in successfully gaining permission for judicial review of the LSC's irrational contracting procedures in November 2010.  Largely, if ironically, as a result of this, he was nominated for "Legal Aid Barrister" in the Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year Awards 2011, and succeeded in being shortlisted as a "Finalist" in these awards.  He has also represented claimants through the new Pro Bono scheme in the Administrative Court in Manchester.

Reported Cases

  • Tologiwa v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2386 (Admin) : Best interests of a Nigerian child going through school here were to remain in this country.
  • R (on the Application of Suppiah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 2469 (Admin) CO/2572/2011 : Best interests of children who had experienced unlawful detention were to remain in this country.
  • South Manchester Law Centre v Legal Services Commission [2010] EWHC 3131 (Admin) : Defeated the Legal Services Commission in judicial review of their national immigration contracts.
  • B [2010] EWHC 2471 (Admin) and AA/1622/2010 : Banda, children's rights / 6 years in the UK.
  • Steve [2009] EWHC (Admin) 3465 and CO/6066/2009 (two Pakistan Christian cases)
  • Janus Khan [2009] and Shoaib Khan [2009] SC/77/81/82/83/2009 ("North West 10" Pakistan Students)
  • CN - W1048536 IA 11184/2008 and N1144683 IA 15240/2009 (A Jamaican member of a drugs gang, who gave evidence against her collaborators).
  • MS CO/2009/0241 (Deportation case 2007-2010)
  • CN CO/10796/2006 (Admin) (Fresh claim re: Sickle Cell Disease)
  • AF CO/10796/2006 (Admin) (Delay in Iraq asylum case)

Court of Appeal:

  • LN (Zimbabwe) [2010] EWCA Civ 576 (Pre-Screening Interview Note)
  • XY (Iran) [2008] EWCA Civ 911 (Gay man challenging failure to implement test in J (Iran))


  • Member of ILPA
  • Member of the Bar Council's Civil Legal Aid Panel Committee
  • Member of the Bar Council's Pro Bono Board
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
  • Bar International Human Rights Organisation
  • Chair of Greater Manchester Law Centre (Management Committee)