Welcome to the Independent Reviewer’s website

Jonathan Hall
Jonathan Hall QC

Thank you for visiting. I was appointed in May 2019 to scrutinise and report on terrorism legislation.

I do so from a position of complete independence, with access to secret and sensitive national security information and personnel in order to carry out my role.

My first annual Report, the Terrorism Acts in 2018, was published in March 2020 and is available under ‘Reports’.

My second report, the Terrorism Act in 2019, was submitted published in March 2021. I am currently reviewing terrorism in prisons in England and Wales.

Jonathan Hall QC


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is consulting on abolishing the separate office of Biometrics Commissioner. The quasi-judicial function of the Biometrics Commissioner is one of the safeguards applying to examinations at ports and the Northern Ireland border under Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000.

Biometrics Consultation Response