Jason McCue

Jason McCue is the Senior and a Founding Partner of McCue & Partners and recognised as a Leading Individual in Civil Liberties and Human Rights by the Legal 500. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on international public and civil affairs, transitional justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation and conflict resolution.

Jason is a leading international figure in crisis management and resolution.  He is regularly called upon by heads of state, governments, opposition groups, corporations and public figures to provide advice on a broad array of issues, from commercial and private concerns to transitional justice schemes and humanitarian matters.

He is recognised as a leading U.K. expert on litigation, human rights and reputation management (defamation (libel and slander), privacy and confidentiality).

Jason was awarded the Law Society of England and Wales’ Solicitor of the Year 2009-2010 for, amongst other things, his work on human rights issues in Africa.  In 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate in law.  For further information see his biography in Who’s Who.

Legal Background

Jason has a wealth of experience in advising on public interest matters and world-affairs.  He has in-depth experience on government affairs, foreign policy, counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, legal, commercial and humanitarian/development matters throughout Africa. He has acted for numerous heads of state, governments, NGOs, the United Nations, the African Union, high-profile international companies and individuals to deal with an array of policy, legal, human rights, peace-process, conflict resolution, diplomatic, political and crisis management issues. He is renowned also for the use and development of domestic and international civil class actions/private prosecutions and human rights cases on behalf of victims (whether victims of terror, rogue regimes, states, corporates or individuals), as well as asset recovery initiatives.

Jason represents many commercial individuals and organisations and has a wealth of experience in advising on commercial matters and matters of public interest and public affairs.  He advises many high-profile individuals on an array of discrete legal, personal, business and political issues. He has confidentially advised political world leaders, governments, opposition groups as well as charities, NGOs and humanitarian organisations on an array of issues.

He has wide experience and had successes in every continent in ensuring the release and return home (whether through legal process, campaigning or negotiation) of numerous alleged criminal and political prisoners abroad.

Jason also spent many years defending one of the world’s largest media organisations against numerous libel actions brought against its newspapers.  He also advised many other newspapers and broadcasters in the U.K. as well as international insurance companies in the errors and omissions business.

Other interests

Jason has a long established working relationship with the political and government infrastructure  within the UK and various other world leaders and institutions.

He is very active on global humanitarian, justice, civil society and development issues.  Examples are: He was the architect of Mandate Darfur which was developed with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and has worked closely with UNAMID in the region on an array of matters.  He was engaged in transitional justice and post conflict issues in Libya.  He is a founder of the Great Foundation along with his wife and others that is dedicated to fostering gender equality globally.  He is a Consultant to Beyond Borders.  Previously, he has also been a former Ambassador for Femmes Africa Solidarité and Head of Crisis Action’s Advisory Committee.

He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.

Legal Highlights

McDonald -v- The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi et al: Lead counsel representing the interests of victims of Provisional IRA (PIRA) bombings carried out with the support of the Gaddafi regime.

Breslin & Ors -v- McKenna & Ors: Lead counsel in the world’s first ever civil proceedings against members of a terrorist organisation and the Real IRA (RIRA), on behalf of the families of those killed in the 1998 bombing of Omagh.  Mr. McCue led the case to victory in 2010. He was also instrumental in the successful lobbying of the U.S. Government that brought about its designation of the RIRA by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organisation.

Almog -v- Arab Bank Plc: Co-counsel representing over 2000 victims of HAMAS suicide bombings before U.S. District Court.  The defendant stands accused of handling and transferring funds in support of terrorism.

The Times -v- Thomas (“Slab”) Murphy: Led the only successful legal action in which a Chief of Staff of the Provisional IRA was proven, in court, to be the head of a terrorist organisation.

Jason has successfully represented a number of personalities in respect of criminal allegations made against them, including John Leslie.

Jason has advised, organised and managed numerous domestic and international campaigns on a variety of matters, from justice against the Omagh Bombers to Free Belarus Now.

Jason can be emailed at [email protected]