Jonathan Hall QC appointed as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Jonathan Hall QC

Jonathan Hall QC

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.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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