Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced in a speech at New Scotland Yard the appointment of Jonathan Hall QC as the Government’s new Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.
Hall has been a QC for five years and has been involved in complex and high-profile cases involving fraud, law enforcement and national security. His very strong track record includes acting for the National Crime Agency in the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Orders case.
Welcoming the appointment, Javid said: “I’m pleased to announce that Jonathan Hall QC has been appointed as the next Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. With the threat from terrorism continuing to evolve and diversify, it’s vital we have robust oversight to ensure our counter-terrorism laws are fair, necessary and proportionate. Jonathan brings a wealth of experience and legal expertise to help deliver this.”
Hall responded: “I’m very pleased and honoured to take up this appointment. This is an important role at a time when the threat to the UK is increasingly complex. As a practising barrister with extensive experience of national security and serious and organised crime, I look forward to working across the landscape of terrorism legislation to ensure that the UK is an international proponent of Best Practice.”
As part of his role, Hall will be required to provide an Annual Report on his findings, which the Government must then lay before Parliament and publish. Hall will begin his tenure in office on Thursday 23 May.