Jolyon Maugham Biography
Jolyon Maugham, Jolyon Toby Dennis Maugham QC (born 1 July 1971) is a British barrister, as of 2019 practising in tax law at Devereux Chambers. He is the founder and director of the Good Law Project, through which he has played a key role in bringing to court a number of legal challenges to the Brexit process, which he opposes.
Prominent lawyer Jolyon Maugham clubs fox to death while wearing kimono https://t.co/970ih7zQOX
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 26, 2019
Prominent lawyer Jolyon Maugham clubs fox to death while wearing kimono.
Jolyon Maugham-Early life
He is the son of David Benedictus, although they did not meet until Maugham was 17, and he was brought up by his mother, Lynne Joyce Maugham, and his adopted father Alan Barker in New Zealand.
He was schooled at Wellington High School, New Zealand. He graduated with a first-class LLB in European Legal Studies from Durham University (Hatfield College) in 1995. He also spent some time studying in Belgium at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and later completed an MA at Birkbeck, University of London. As a student he was sent by a temping agency to carry out secretarial work at a law firm, but was sent back for being a man. Maugham sued, claiming to be a victim of sexism, and was awarded damages.
Maugham completed his pupillage in the chambers of Lord Irvine. He became a QC in 2015. He is not a member of any political party, but previously advised the Labour Party on tax policy under Ed Miliband. Maugham sits on the advisory council of liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, which advises Conservative Party policy.
In September 2019, Maugham revealed that the Mail on Sunday was going to publish the name of his postal address at a time when he received death threats. Since then he received thousands of messages of support. The next day, he criticised right wing journalist and talk RADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer for ‘doxxing’ him. In October, he also criticized debate programme Question Time for having Hartley-Brewer on the show, which was in Beckenham, south London. Thousands of complaints have since been filed to the BBC. There have also been calls to boycott Question Time for their decision to have her on the show.
On Boxing Day 2019, Maugham claimed in an early morning Twitter post that he had killed a fox with a baseball bat. The fox had apparently got caught in chicken wire near a hen coop in his garden. The Tweet was reported by other Twitter users to the RSPCA who encouraged any witnesses to come forward.
Jolyon Maugham-Legal challenges to Brexit
Maugham’s cases include defending the rights of British expatriates in Europe, a case to clarify whether the Brexit process can be reversed by Parliament, and a legal challenge to referendum spending by Vote Leave. In April 2017 Maugham contemplated a new centrist political party, “Spring The Party”, and standing for election against Prime Minister Theresa May in her constituency of Maidenhead, but decided against it.
Maugham has written extensively on Brexit and legal issues for publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the New Statesman.