Constitutional decisions in an uncertain world – Exploring the early years of the Reed court and its reaction to pressures and reforms

08 Jun 2022, 7:56 pm


Estelle Dehon QC, Alexander Horne, Dr Sam Fowles


Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH



On the occasion of the launch of Sam Fowles’ new book, Overruled: Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases, Cornerstone Barristers invites you to a panel discussion that will investigate the new context for constitutional litigation.

The event will explore the Supreme Court’s changing approach to constitutional and public law litigation and whether it is possible to identify trends in the Court’s recent decisions. The event is focused on the needs of practitioners and litigants and will examine the implications of the Supreme Court’s decisions for claimants and defendants in first-instance judicial reviews.

Panel discussion

  • Estelle Dehon QC – Head of Cornerstone Barristers’ Public Law team
  • Alexander Horne – Visiting Professor at Durham University and Counsel at Hackett & Dabbs
  • Dr Sam Fowles – Public law barrister at Cornerstone Barristers and lecturer in public law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Sam has acted in some of the leading constitutional matters of recent years, including Miller/Cherry v The Prime Minister (“the Prorogation Case”), Hamilton v Post Office, and the Clapham Common Inquiry. His book explores the erosion of our democracy across multiple fronts from the perspective of these (and other) cases.

Our discussion will be relevant to practitioners with both claimant and defendant-focused practices, including local authorities, NGOs, charities, and individuals.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please RSVP before Monday 6 June

  • Programme

    18:15 – Registrations

    18:30 – Welcoming remarks

    18:35 – Estelle Dehon QC

    18:40 – Alexander Horne

    18:45 – Dr Sam Fowles

    18:50 – Questions & Answers session

    19:10 – Closing Remarks

    19:15 – Drinks reception

    20:30 – Ends