Public and Regulatory

William is a member of the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel to the Crown in civil matters and acts for a variety of government agencies, including the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the MoJ, the Department of Health, the Secretary of State for Business and HMRC.

As such he is a specialist in public law and judicial review and regularly appears in the Administrative Court acting for the Crown, particularly in the field of immigration, where he has a particular interest in Article 8 ECHR, Dublin Regulation claims, PBS claims, asylum, human trafficking and unlawful detention.

His expertise extends to any case involving a challenge to the legality of a decision taken by a public body and he has particular expertise in all aspects of human rights.

He has a particular expertise in civil VAT fraud, civil recovery of the proceeds of crime and all aspects of asset recovery (including confiscation, forfeiture, freezing orders, beneficial interests).

William has wide experience of disciplinary proceedings against professionals and has appeared before the SDT, NMC and RICS.

William also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for Police misconduct hearings and as a fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal.

Recent cases:

  • R (on the application of Williams) v. SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 98 (ultra vires and Article 8 and Article 14 ECHR)
  • Kaur v. SSHD [2017] EWHC 481 (Admin) (ETS deception)
  • R. (oao Kucherov) v. SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 791 (meaning of “employment” in Immigration Rules)
  • AM (Iran) v. SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 667 (fresh claim and credibility)
  • SSHD v. Jobe [2016] EWCA Civ 1035 (unlawful detention)
  • Teletape (A firm) [2016] UKFTT 797 (TC) (limitation for misdeclaration penalties)
  • Minshall v Revenue and Customs Commissioners and others [2015] EWCA Civ 741 (res judicata and Article 6 ECHR)
  • R (oao Roohi & another v. SSHD (2014 Act: saved appeal rights) [2015] UKUT 685
  • R (on the application of Poquiz) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1759 (Admin) (human trafficking)
  • R (on the application of Stewart) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 806 (Admin) (Zambrano and Article 8 ECHR)
  • MI (Pakistan) & MF (Venezuela) v SSHD  [2014] EWCA Civ 826, [2014] Imm AR 1043 (meaning of persecution)
  • R (oao Butt) v. SSHD [2013] EWHC 1793 (Admin) (dishonesty and false documents)
  • R (oao Chanthiratheva) v. SSHD [2013] EWHC 2135 (Admin) (no unfairness in treatment as between personal and postal applicants)
  • Bent v. SSHD [2012] EWHC 4036 (Admin) (derivative rights of residence).

Police law

William has sat as an Legally Qualified Chair (LQC) on police misconduct hearings for a number of years and so has very extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of police misconduct.

He is happy to accept instructions to act for the Appropriate Authority and is equally happy to accept instructions from officers who work for police authorities that do not retain him as an LQC.

He also has very broad and deep experience of judicial review as a member of the Attorney General's A list of Panel Counsel.


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Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc (Econ), First Class, LSE
  • M.Phil (Cantab.)
  • MBA (London Business School) with Distinction

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber
  • Recorder
  • Deputy Chancery Master
  • Judge, First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber
  • Legally Qualified Chair, Police Misconduct Hearings
  • Member of the Attorney General's A Panel
  • ADR Qualified Mediator

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association

Direct Access

William Hansen is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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