Carl Gardner#1653

Carl Gardner

Barrister, LexisNexis
Carl is a Professional Support Lawyer, working on public law for LexisPSL.
 
Carl was a government lawyer from 1995 to 2008. He was a legal adviser at the Department of Health, and then a senior legal adviser at DWP, Cabinet Office European Legal Advisers, the Attorney General’s Office and finally at HMRC. As a government lawyer he advised ministers and regulators, defended the government in UK and European courts, drafted legislation and negotiated for the UK in Europe.
 
After that Carl taught public and EU law at the Open University and the National School of Government, then at BPP University Law School where he was subject leader in public and EU law until 2021.
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Parliamentary elections, dissolution and summoning of Parliament
Parliamentary elections, dissolution and summoning of Parliament
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the rules relating to dissolution, elections and summoning of Parliament under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011. The usual term of Parliament is five years from the date of the last general election. This Practice Note looks at the circumstances for calling an early election. It also covers the role of the Electoral Commission, electoral offences and disqualification from standing as a member of parliament.

Parliamentary privilege and the Bill of Rights 1688
Parliamentary privilege and the Bill of Rights 1688
Practice notes

Parliamentary privilege means the rights enjoyed by each House collectively as a constituent part of Parliament; and by Members of each House individually, without which they could not discharge their functions. Some privileges are based purely on the law and custom of Parliament, while others have been defined by statute.

Parliamentary procedure
Parliamentary procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the basic procedures for passage of a Bill in the UK Parliament. Parliament makes and changes the law by considering draft legislation in the form of a Bill. If passed by both Houses of Parliament, a Bill is enacted on Royal Assent and in due course becomes law. The main types of Bills are Public Bills introduced by the government in the House of Commons.

Standing Orders and Parliamentary questions
Standing Orders and Parliamentary questions
Practice notes

Standing Orders are written rules formulated by each House to regulate proceedings. This Practice Note examines the key Standing Orders of both Houses with more detail on procedures for Parliamentary Questions including Prime Minister’s Questions.

The status of EU law in the UK after Brexit
The status of EU law in the UK after Brexit
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains key forms and principles of EU law and legislation and examines the impact of Brexit on UK law and legislation derived from EU law.

Other work

Consultation—checklist
Consultation—checklist

Using examples from case law, this checklist identifies the key considerations in relation to conducting consultations in the context of public policy and decision making. These considerations include: the duty to consult, who to consult, when to consult, how to consult and what to do next following consultation.

Practice Areas

Qualified Year

  • 1993

Experience

  • Government Legal Service (1995 - 2008)
  • Open University (2009 - 2016)
  • BPP University Law School (2016 - 2021)

Membership

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

Qualifications

  • BA Modern Languages (1988)
  • Common Professional Examination in Law (1992)
  • Bar Vocational Course (1993)

Education

  • Oxford University (1984-1988)
  • Manchester Polytechnic (1991-1992)
  • Inns of Court School of Law (1992-1993)

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