Jolyon Maugham

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Jolyon Maugham

Jolyon Toby Dennis Maugham

(1971-07-01) 1 July 1971 (age 48)
Alma mater
Known forLegal challenges to Brexit[1]
Claire Prihartini (m. 2007)

Jolyon Toby Dennis Maugham QC (born 1 July 1971)[2] is a British barrister, as of 2019 practising in tax law at Devereux Chambers.[3] 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.[4]

Early life[edit]

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.[2][5][6]


He graduated with a first-class LLB in European Legal Studies from Durham University (Hatfield College) in 1995.[7] He also spent some time studying in Belgium at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and later completed an MA at Birkbeck, University of London.[3]


Maugham became a QC in 2015.[3] He is not a member of any political party, but previously advised the Labour Party on tax policy under Ed Miliband.[8] Maugham sits on the advisory council of liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, which advises Conservative Party policy.[9]

Legal challenges to Brexit[edit]

Maugham's cases include defending the rights of British expatriates in Europe,[10][11] a case to clarify whether the Brexit process can be reversed by Parliament,[12] and a legal challenge to referendum spending by Vote Leave.[13][14] In April 2017 Maugham contemplated a new centrist political party, "Spring The Party",[15] and standing for election against Prime Minister Theresa May in her constituency of Maidenhead,[16] but decided against it.[17][18][19]


Maugham and his wife own and restored the Grade 2* windmill 'Jack', and mill house in Sussex.[20][21][22]


Maugham has written extensively on Brexit and legal issues for publications including The Daily Telegraph,[23] The Guardian[24] and the New Statesman.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Maugham, Jolyon Toby Dennis". Who's Who. Oxford: A & C Black. 2015. ISBN 9780199540884.
  3. ^ a b c "Jolyon Maugham QC - Profile". Devereaux Chambers. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "What we do". Good Law Project. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (29 August 2017). "Katie Hopkins' attempt to shame barrister on Twitter for having an Etonian father backfires". The Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  6. ^ Maugham, Jolyon (31 July 2017). "We're too fixated on class. What matters is our ability to understand others". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ Moyes, W.A. (1996). Hatfield 1846-1996: A history of Hatfield College in the University of Durham. Hatfield College Trust. p. 315. ISBN 9780903324014.
  8. ^ Swinford, Stephen (8 April 2015). "Labour's non-dom adviser represented celebrity tax dodge film schemes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Advisory council". Bright Blue. 8 July 2018. Archived from the original on 8 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  10. ^ O'Carrol, Lisa (17 January 2017). "Britons tell Dutch court their EU rights cannot be removed". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  11. ^ Maugham, Jolyon (1 March 2018). "Our rights to EU citizenship are worth fighting for – despite Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  12. ^ O'Leary, Elisabeth (20 March 2018). "Court rules in favour of case on Britain's ability to reverse Brexit". Reuters. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  13. ^ George, Hannah (23 March 2018). "Anti-Brexit group wins challenge against 'Vote Leave' spending". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ Dickie, Mure; Croft, Jane (17 April 2018). "UK asks Supreme Court to rule on Scottish and Welsh Brexit laws". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ Di Stefano, Mark; Waterson, Jim (18 October 2017). "People keep trying to start pro-EU British centrist movements on Twitter". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  16. ^ Maugham, Jolyon (17 April 2017). Spring The Party (PDF). Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Statement of persons nominated - Maidenhead". Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  18. ^ McDonald, Karl (9 April 2018). "All the centrist parties that have already failed since Britain voted for Brexit". i (newspaper). Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Jolyon Maugham QC". Legal Cheek. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
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  23. ^ Maugham, Jolyon (19 November 2016). "How Nicola Sturgeon could shake up 'cosy consensus' and use Article 50 to wrest back control of Scotland's future". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Jolyon Maugham". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Jolyon Maugham". New Statesman. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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