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Human Rights and Public Law

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Human Rights and Public Law Group

The Human Rights and Public Law Group provide expertise in proceedings at both the national and international level.

Members are instructed in cases bringing proceedings under the Human Rights Act, in relying on Convention rights during the course of proceedings and in tandem with public law challenges for judicial review in the Administrative Court.

At the International level, members have expertise and experience in providing legal advice, consultancy and representation before the European Court of Human Rights, other regional human rights mechanisms and before the UN human rights committees. Members are also instructed on behalf of International Organisations, National Governments, Individuals and NGOs.

Within the Human Rights and Public Law Group are sub-groups providing expertise in the following areas:

Claims against the Police and Public Authorities

  • We conduct civil actions against public bodies which include assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in a public office, and claims for discrimination. Claimants include those detained by the police, prisoners, psychiatric patients, immigration detainees, and those of minority groups faced with discrimination.

Prison Law

  • Members of Chambers are instructed to represent prisoners at prison disciplinary adjudications, in hearings before the Parole Board and to advise in respect of judicial review. A number of members also have experience in advising in respect of civil claims.

Inquests

  • Members are available to offer representation to the families of those deceased. Our expertise principally relates to deaths in prison, police custody, immigration detention and in psychiatric care. We are also available to provide representation in respect of inquests into the deaths of military personnel and accidents at work. The team has expertise in cases which engage Article 2 ECHR.
  • Members of the team are also members of the Inquest Lawyers Group and offer pro bono assistance.

Immigration

  • The Immigration Group offer expertise across a broad range of areas including asylum, human rights act claims, visa appeals relating to spouses, workers and students, business immigration, the rights of EEA nationals, and nationality law issues.
  • In addition, expertise is offered in quasi-immigration matters relating to civil claims, liability for employing illegal workers and immigration-related criminal offences.
  • Members have experience in conducting judicial review challenges and challenging removal by way of Rule 39 interim measures before the European Court of Human Rights.

Extradition

  • Members of the Extradition law team are able to advise on contemporary issues concerning the European Arrest Warrant scheme and the Extradition Act 2003.

Training

In addition to providing advice and representation, members of the Group have a wealth of experience in providing training at the domestic level, to solicitors, charities, local authorities and NGOs, and at the international level on behalf of the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Further specific information is provided on individual members' profiles.

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