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Aidan Wills

Contact: aidanwills@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: alisonscanes@matrixlaw.co.uk

Aidan joined Matrix in October 2016 upon the completion of his traineeship and is developing a practice spanning public, media and information, and employment law. He has appeared before the High Court, County Court, Employment Tribunals, First-Tier Tribunal (Special Education Needs and Disability), Magistrates’ Courts and the Parole Board.

Aidan’s diverse public law and human rights practice covers police, prisons, probation, the disclosure and barring regime, and education. His recent work has included (potential) challenges concerning the use of data by the police; decisions of the Independent Monitor; police misconduct proceedings; surveillance under RIPA 2000; prison categorisation; and decisions of the parole board.

In the area of media and information law, Aidan’s advisory and litigation experience includes privacy, libel, breach of confidence, harassment and data protection matters. He advises on subject access requests, intermediary liability, search engine delisting and notice-and-take-down procedures. Aidan has also worked on the application of the official secrets acts and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 to journalists. A contributor to the Entertainment Law Review, LexisNexis, McNae’s and The Reporter, Aidan has co-written an Online Defamation Training course with Guy Vassall-Adams QC. He is also a pre-publication night lawyer at three national newspapers.

Aidan has been instructed in employment law proceedings concerning discrimination, unfair dismissal, the national minimum wage, whistleblowing and fixed-term employees. His experience includes complex jurisdictional and conflict of laws disputes in the employment field.

Aidan’s education law practice encompasses SEN appeals; appeals against permanent exclusions; discrimination claims; and public law challenges to funding decisions and SEN-related decisions.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Aidan spent eight years doing legal policy research and advisory work in the area of national security and human rights. He has acted as a consultant to the European Parliament, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, and the UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights. He has published and lectured widely on the regulation and oversight of security services and police, public inquiries, access to information and security sector whistleblowing. Aidan played a prominent role in drafting the UN Compilation of good practices on intelligence agencies and their oversight, and the Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (Tshwane Principles).

Aidan holds a first-class honours degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham, an M.A. in International Affairs (distinction equivalent) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), and a Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) from BPP University.

Aidan is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and speaks French to an advanced level.

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