Cases involving civil liberties and human rights are often the most important, complex and sensitive before the Courts. Although the State mainly acts in accordance with the law and respects the rights and liberties of individuals, there are occasions when those rights are infringed or ignored, and the State should properly be held accountable. Chambers has a strong team with a wealth of experience in all aspects of civil liberties and human rights law, enabling them to offer valuable assistance in this specialised area.
The protection of the public’s civil liberties and human rights can arise in many legal contexts, and Chambers regularly receives instructions in:
- Actions for compensation against the police, including claims in tort for false imprisonment, assault, misconduct in public office, malicious prosecution, discrimination and claims under the Human Rights Act;
- Actions against the State for breaches of the Human Rights Act, including right against discrimination, freedom from unlawful detention, right to private and family life, and right to life; and
- Judicial reviews of the decisions of public bodies, ensuring those in power have acted fairly and in good faith, and have not breached fundamental rights.
Chamber’s civil liberties team are able to draw on a depth and diversity of experience in order to provide effective advice and fearless representation, and pride themselves on their excellent service.
Members of Chambers are happy to provide training and deliver talks to organisations and firms of solicitors.