Max will begin this part-time role on the 1st March 2017, succeeding David Anderson QC. As part of his new role Max will review the operation of the UK’s counter-terrorism legislation and report his findings to Parliament on an annual basis.
Max maintains a heavy-weight crime practice, defending and prosecuting in a number of complex cases of homicide, violent crime, terrorism and high value fraud and corporate crime. The mix of his practice is of particular importance in the rising use of fraud to fund terrorist activity.
Max has built his reputation prosecuting in many of the most significant terrorism trials of the past two decades. This includes the last IRA case in the UK, a series of Al Qaeda and then ISIS terrorist trials from 2004 to date, and all three trials resulting from the ‘21/7’ plot.
He will remain Head of Chambers at Red Lion Chambers and continue to maintain his heavy-weight criminal practice.
Welcoming the appointment, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“I am pleased to announce that Max Hill QC has been appointed as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.”
“With the threat from terrorism continuing to evolve and diversify, it is vital we have robust oversight to ensure our counter-terrorism laws are fair, necessary and proportionate. Mr Hill brings a wealth of experience and legal expertise to help deliver this.”
Max Hill QC said:
“I am very pleased to have this opportunity, which comes at a time of heightened concern about the risk from terrorism which we all face in the UK. As a practising barrister with experience in both counter-terrorism and the rights of citizens facing allegations of serious crime, I look forward to working with participants at all levels and from all sides.”