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Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC

Full Title: Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 27.3.2007
Call Date: 25.7.1985

David Anderson QC practises from Brick Court Chambers in London. He has appeared in the full range of English courts and tribunals, some 150 times in the Court of Justice of the European Union, and more than 30 times in the European Court of Human Rights. He is also a visiting Professor at King's College London, Editor of the Oxford EU Law series and a member of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey. 


Since 2011 David has served as the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.  In that capacity he is given extensive access to classified material and tasked by statute to report annually on the operation of the UK’s anti-terrorism laws. He reads, travels and consults as widely as possible. His reports are presented to the Home Secretary and Treasury, and laid before Parliament. They have influenced the content of new legislation (e.g. Justice and Security Act 2013, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) and have been relied upon in several court judgments (e.g. R v Gul [2013] UKSC 64, Beghal v DPP [2015] UKSC 49).


David was additionally tasked under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to report by May 2015 on the operation and regulation of investigatory powers. His report, entitled 'A Question of Trust', was published and laid before Parliament on 11 June 2015.  He reported on the operation of the Terrorism Acts in September 2015 and at the invitation of the Home Secretary is currently reviewing both deportation with assurances and the deprivation of citizenship under the Immigration Act 2014 section 66.

All David's reports and recommendations, with the Government’s responses to them, are available on his website:  David can also be followed on twitter @terrorwatchdog.