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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Tom Fairclough

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Postdoctoral Bye Fellow in Law



    Come and see the art collection; it’s a hidden wonder.

    Degrees &  Honours:     

    LLB, LLM, PhD, Barrister

    Awards & Prizes:    

    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Scholarship
    • Administrative Law Bar Association Scholarship
    • Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize
    • Inner Temple Exhibitioner and Duke of Edinburgh Scholar
    • Chancellor’s Prize
    • Blandys’ Prize

    Research Interests:    

    Administrative Law, Common Law Rights, Jurisprudence, Legal Obligations


    I came to Cambridge to read for a doctorate at Gonville and Caius College as an AHRC Scholar (2015-2018). I was supervised by Professor Mark Elliott (Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law, Cambridge). My thesis was examined by Professor Alison Young (Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, Cambridge) and the Rt Hon Lord Reed of Allermuir (President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom).

    After completing my doctorate, I joined 2 Temple Gardens, where I practise as a barrister in civil and commercial law. For the year 2019-20 I was a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court to Lady Arden and Lord Leggatt in turn. Whilst at the Court I worked on a variety of cases, most notably R (Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019] UKSC 41 (the prorogation case).

    Whilst I practise as a barrister fulltime, I continue to supervise for several Colleges and publish.


    Chapters in edited collections:
     “The Reach of Common Law Rights: A Principled Approach to Rights Identification” in Elliott M and Hughes K (eds), Common Law Constitutional Rights (Hart 2020).
     “Evans v Attorney General: The Underlying Normativity of Constitutional Disagreement” in Juss and Sunkin (eds), Landmark Cases in Public Law (Hart 2017).

    Case notes:
    “Common Law Constitutional Rights: One Step forward, Two Steps Back?” Cambridge Law Journal (2020) 79(2) 204.  
    “Terrorism, Journalism, Declarations, and Dichotomies: A Closer Look at Miranda” [2016] 26(2) JR 123.
    “Black Spiders and Public Lawyers: Constitutionalism Revisited?” [2016] 26(1) JR 44.
    Blog posts:
    Privacy International: Constitutional Substance over Semantics in Reading Ouster Clauses” UK Const L Blog (December 2017).
    “What’s New About the Rule of Law?” UK Const L Blog (September 2017).
    “Article 50 and the Royal Prerogative” UK Const L Blog (July 2016).
    “Judicial Review and Article 50: Some Preliminary Issues” UK Const L Blog (July 2016).
    “Constitutional Change, Standing Orders, and EVEL: A Step in the Wrong Direction?” UK Const L Blog (February 2016).