| Phil Shiner |
Coventry, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham, University of Warwick|
|Founder of||Public Interest Lawyers|
Phil Shiner is a lawyer who worked on issues concerning international, environmental and human rights law. He founded Public Interest Lawyers, which pursued a range of human rights legal cases of national significance, including some which progressed to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. After a secret tribunal begun in 2016, he was struck off in February 2017 by the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority for "dishonesty". His Wikipedia page was created on 2 February 2017.
Phil Shiner reports that he is a committed socialist and the roots of his career as a lawyer are firmly planted in the law centre movement of the eighties. Phil has had a diverse and high profile legal career where he has always acted for the victims of injustices borne of many different circumstances.
Shiner succeeded in establishing two separate judicial Public Inquiries into the behaviour of UK forces in Iraq: first the Baha Mousa Inquiry and then the Al-Sweady Inquiry. In recent years Phil has acted in many important Judicial Review cases. Three of these cases were later heard in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights - those of namely Al-Skeini, Al-Jedda and Hasan.
In 2004, Shiner was named "Human Rights Lawyer of the Year" in 2004 by Liberty and Justice. He was recognised by the Law Society as an outstanding achiever at the Law Society Awards in 2011. He is the Honorary Vice President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and in 2012 was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Public Interest Law throughout his career.
In 2016, Shiner was subject to a secret tribunal by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. John Hyde, writing for the Law Society Gazette, criticised the process, opining that "the Mail and Sun are desperate to nail Shiner" in an article headlined "Shiner’s secret prosecution is a farce". A 2017 Evening Times article published in January 2017 while the tribunal was ongoing contains a lot of details.
In February 2017, the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority struck off Shiner after concluding that he had been “dishonest”. An anonymously authored report in "The Telegraph" was headlined "Phil Shiner should face a criminal investigation over his dishonesty in smearing British troops".
A Document by Phil Shiner
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:Second Baha Mousa Memorial Lecture||speech||September 2010||Baha Mousa|
Iraq Historic Allegations Team
|A shocking introduction to the systematic abuse of prisoners by the British military in Iraq and focusing on the case of Baha Mousa|