Edward Grieves KC

Year of Call: 1995 | Year of Silk: 2023

"He's really inventive and thorough in his approach. He is a safe pair of hands."

Chambers UK, 2024

"Edward breaks down a complex case and really gets to the very smallest details."

Chambers UK, 2024

"A real star. He is an incredible tactician and his SIAC work is second to none."

Chambers UK, 2023

"An intensely creative and adaptive lawyer who leaves no fact or legal principle unearthed. He will track down the most elusive solution."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Immigration)

"Ed is visionary in terms of strategy on cases which have significant legal and geo-political implications. He understands SIAC, the immigration court dealing in national security cases, better than any other barrister in practice."

Legal 500, 2022 (Immigration)

"He has tons of experience in very intense and complicated SIAC nationality cases and he has an amazingly strategic mind."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Immigration)


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Edward Grieves is a public and immigration law barrister with particular expertise in closed material procedures, serious criminality, national security and terrorism.



Edward has represented many individuals and groups in separate and joint actions before the European Court of Justice, challenging their inclusion on United Nations and European Union terrorist asset freezing lists. 

Notable Cases

Abdulrahim v European Commission and European Council [C-239/12] (28.5.13) (Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice overturned the decision of the General Court ruling that an annulment action did not survive the de-listing of an individual (allegedly rendering the action “devoid of purpose”) as it was so important that an individual be able to vindicate himself and seek to restore his reputation in the face of serious allegations) and [T-127/09] of 14 January 2015 (the General Court annulled the measure which added Mr Abdulrahim to the UN Al Qaida asset-freezing list as there was insufficient detail of the allegations given and there was insufficient evidence upon which to base the listing)  

Ayadi v European Commission (the Court of Justice remitted Mr Ayadi’s case to the General Court so it could re-decide the matter in line with Abdulrahim. The General Court annulled the measure which listed Mr Ayadi on 14.4.15 [T-527/09], refusing to find that the allegations were well founded on the evidence provided. 

Yusef v European Commission (21.3.14) [T-306/10] (the General Court made the important finding that an action against the Commission based upon a failure to revoke the measure which imposed the asset freeze was admissible, despite the fact that an annulment action against the measure had not been brought within time) 

Al-Faqih, Sanabel Relief Agency Ltd, Abdrabbah, Nasuf v. Council of the European Union [T/135/06 – T138/06] (right to property, reputation and fair hearing)  

PKK and KNK v Council of the European Union (C-229/05), (which was remitted back to the Court of First instance where it was ultimately successful (T-229/02) along with the joined case of Kongra-Gel and Others v Council of the European Union (T-253/04)) 

In 2015 Edward secured the de-listing of an individual from the UN Al Qaida list through the Ombudsperson mechanism and in 2013 obtained the removal of an individual on the asset-freezing regime imposed against Burma through representations to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

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Edward is a specialist in SIAC, representing individuals in all types of appeals and applications for review, including deprivation of citizenship (while outside the UK); deportation; or refusal of naturalization or asylum on grounds of national security or links to serious crime. 


Notable Cases

U3 v SSHD (SC/153/2018 and 2021)
Deprivation/Human Rights Appeal - approach to national security assessment in deprivation and human rights appeals.

P3 v SSHD (SC/148/2018 and 2020)
Human Rights Appeal - application for entry clearance on human rights grounds that deprivation appeal would not be fair and breach of Article 8).

SSHD v P3 [2021] EWCA Civ 1642
Court of Appeal - approach to national security in human rights appeals post-Begum.

U2 v SSHD (SC/130/2016)
Deprivation of citizenship – national security.

Farooq and Sharif v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (SN/7/2014 and SN/8/2014) (26.11.15)
National Security Exclusion decisions flawed for want of procedural fairness. 

AHK and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department (SN/2-5/2014) (18.7.14)
The approaches in law to the new naturalisation reviews as to disclosure of the underlying evidence of a naturalisation decision.

Secretary of State for the Home Department v SIAC [2015] EWHC 681 (Admin) (18.3.15)

E1 (OS Russia) v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 357 CA
It was appropriate to quash a decision notice informing a Russian national, who was abroad at the time of the notice, that his indefinite leave to remain was cancelled, as it failed to inform him of his in-country right of appeal, thereby providing for his entry for the duration of his SIAC appeal.

IR (Sri Lanka), GT (Libya) AN (Pakistan) AK (Pakistan) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 704 CA
The procedural requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.8, if applicable, did impact on cases of deportation or exclusion for national security reasons but they did not equivalate with the procedural requirements of art.5 or art.6 but had the more limited content set out in the Al-Nashif v Bulgaria (50963/99) (2003) 36 E.H.R.R. 37 line of authority. The procedure of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission as to the disclosure to be made to individuals in such cases satisfied those more limited requirements.

LO (Jordan) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 164 CA
The court lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal of a Jordanian national against a decision on a preliminary ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission where there had been no final determination of the appeal for the purposes of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997 s.7.

Ahmed Faraz Khan v SSHD [SC/80/09]
Deportation – national security – reliability of Pakistani assurances.

Sihali v SSHD [SC/38/2005]
Deportation – use of assurance in non-national security case – reliability of Algerian assurances.

T v SSHD [SC/31/2005]
Deportation – national security risk – Article 8

LO v SSHD [SC/73/2009]
Deportation – national security – “best evidence” rule

GT v SSHD [SC/68/2008]
Entry clearance – right to family life – exclusion

OO v SSHD [SC/51/2006]
Deportation – preliminary issue: (MB) Judgment

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Edward appeared in the landmark case of Lord Alton and Others, on behalf of members of both Houses, where POAC ordered the Secretary of State to deprescribe the PMOI from the list of terrorist organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000. This is the first, and only, full merits judgment made by POAC.

The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in Secretary of State v Lord Alton of Liverpool and Others [2008] 1 WLR 2341 which defined the test to be applied when prescribing or deprescribing organizations under the Terrorism Act 2000. This case led to the deprescription of the PMOI from the European terrorist legislation.

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Edward has extensive experience in control order proceedings and appeared in SSHD v BF [2012] EWHC 1718 (Admin) (TPIM); SSHD v BF [2009] EWHC 2919 (Admin) (where the Court revoked a control order on the basis it was unnecessary on account of the existence of parallel criminal proceedings); CP and BP v SHD [2012] EWCA Civ 418 in the Court of Appeal (the Divisional Court did not have power to stay or discontinue proceedings concerning a non-derogating control order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 s.3(10) unless the controlled person requested it); NN and GG v SSHD [2009] EWHC 142 (Admin) (personal searches of controlees were unlawful and the control order was unnecessary) and AV v SSHD [2009] EWHC 902 (Admin) (Control order was not necessary in light of developments in Libya and AV’s lack of connection to Al- Qaeda); BX v SSHD [2010] All ER (D) 60 (May) (Control order – Article 8 – relocation) 

The case of AV, AT, AW, AR, AU v SSHD [2008] EWHC 2789 (Admin) concerned the background situation in Libya and the alleged links between the LIFG and Al-Qaeda. Edward appeared for AT, AW and AR and went on to appear in AT and AW v SSHD [2009] EWHC 512 (Admin) where the impact of a previous prosecution on the same facts which underpinned the control order was one of the issues. He appeared in AT’s appeal in the Court of Appeal which was allowed: AT v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 42. 

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Seevaratnam v Charity Commission CA/2008/0001 was the first appeal to be lodged in the newly constituted Charities Tribunal where Edward appeared on behalf of Mr Seevaratnam, a trustee of the Sivayogam charity, who had been accused of misconduct and mismanagement relating to allegations concerning links to the LTTE and subsequently been removed as a trustee by the Charity Commission. In a 50-page judgement the Tribunal allowed Mr Seevaratnam’s appeal and ordered his re-instatement. 

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Edward appears at all levels and has developed a particular experience in Article 1F Exclusion cases concerning allegations of war crimes and/or acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Notable Cases

Edward appeared in MH (Syria) DS (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 226 where the Court maintained that nursing was a protected activity in international law and usually not a terrorist act even if it was for the PKK, a proscribed organization. He also has a specialist knowledge as regards cases concerning Turkey, appearing in the Country Guidance (CG) case on Turkey in 2004, which still remains the lead CG case.

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Edward acted on behalf of three Guantanamo ex-detainees in the confidential mediated negotiation process concerning settlement of civil compensation claims.

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Edward has represented in a number of criminal trials in connection with proscribed organisations (e.g. DHKP-C, LIFG and LTTE). He appeared in a trial relating to the LIFG which culminated in the Court of Appeal judgment of R v IK, AB and KA [2007] EWCA Crim 971 (double jeopardy) and in a trial concerning the LTTE – R v Arunachalam Chrishantchakumar and Others – in which his client was acquitted.

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Notable Cases & News

Garden Court Chambers revises policy on Stratford Magistrates' Court

23 May 2024

Garden Court Chambers statement on security searches at Stratford Magistrates' Court

8 May 2024

Duran Seddon, Edward Grieves & Irena Sabic of Garden Court Chambers & Associate Tenant Anna Morris appointed King’s Counsel today

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Duran Seddon, Edward Grieves and Irena Sabic of Garden Court Chambers, and Associate Tenant Anna Morris, have been formally appointed King’s Counsel today.

27 March 2023

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Duran Seddon, Edward Grieves, Irena Sabic and Anna Morris to be appointed King’s Counsel

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Duran Seddon, Edward Grieves, Irena Sabic and Anna Morris will be appointed King’s Counsel in 2023.

23 December 2022

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

Garden Court barristers join #IBelong statelessness debate

Edward Grieves, Adrian Berry and Jo Cecil were invited to speak at a conference examining the significant international human rights issues of arbitrary revocation of citizenship and statelessness.

2 November 2016

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Special Immigration Appeals Commission finds refusal of British citizenship unfair

The applicants were represented by Edward Grieves and Raza Halim.

20 April 2016

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Full Divisional Court rejects Home Secretary’s attempts to limit Special Immigration Appeals Commission’s powers of scrutiny

A review jurisdiction on ‘judicial review’ principles concerning refusals of applications to naturalise or decisions to exclude from the UK on grounds which the Secretary of State does not wish to make public.

19 March 2015

Boat race protester saved from deportation

An Australian man living in the UK who had been facing deportation following his disruption of the 2012 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race has been told he may stay in the UK. He was represented at yesterday's tribunal hearing by Stephanie Harrison QC and Edward

10 December 2013

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

Grand Chamber ECJ decides that de-listing of Al-Qaeda terrorist suspects by the UN and EU does not render applications for annulment before the ECJ devoid of purpose

In a ruling by its Grand Chamber today, the European Court of Justice ruled that de-listing of Al-Qaeda terrorist suspects by the UN and EU does not render applications for annulment before the ECJ devoid of purpose.

28 May 2013

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Edward specializes in cases involving counter-terrorism, serious criminality, national security and complex closed material procedures which raise serious human rights and fairness issues, including financial sanctions, deprivation of citizenship, deportation, refusal of naturalisation and Control Orders/TPIMS and proscribed organisations.      


Young Barrister, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2005.


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