Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

United Kingdom > London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Other

Index of tables

  1. Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets
  2. Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks
  3. Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks
  4. Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2018 silks
  5. Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

  1. 1

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2018 silks

  1. 1

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) clients in London Bar using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

Members of Blackstone Chambers are noted for their ability to β€˜provide advice and advocacy in cases that develop the law where a strategic and innovative approach is needed’. Case highlights over the last 12 months include Nathalie Lieven QC representing the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in a challenge to the Home Secretary’s policy on the detention of asylum seekers who were victims of torture. Also, James Eadie QC intervened on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health in the high-profile Supreme Court hearing of the Charlie Gard case.

Barristers at Matrix Chambers act for NGO’s, individuals and companies in a range of specialist areas including unlawful detention and miscarriages of justice. Standout cases over the last year include Helen Mountfield QC acting for the claimant in Denise Brewster v (1) NILGOSC, (2) DENI and AG for Northern Ireland, which established that a denial of β€˜survivors’ pensions’ to unmarried people constituted unlawful discrimination. Meanwhile, Phillippa Kaufmann QC was instructed on behalf of the non-state core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Doughty Street Chambers has β€˜a genuine commitment to civil liberties and human rights work’ in diverse fields such as mental health, actions against the police and media law. Members regularly appear before the European Court of Human Rights and in various international tribunals. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC appeared in the Supreme Court in an appeal concerning whether the revised β€˜benefit cap’ unlawfully discriminated against lone parents and their children. She was also instructed in a challenge to the legality of the government’s criminal records disclosure scheme and whether it breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a history of winning contested cases on behalf of claimants in domestic, pan-European and international courts’. New silk Amanda Weston QC acted in R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a test case on whether the Home Secretary unlawfully detained a mentally ill Somali citizen who lacked the capacity to understand any of the documents served upon him. In Corey Hewitt v United Kingdom, Joanne Cecil appeared before the European Court of Human Rights representing a 13-year-old boy with a low IQ who was convicted of murder on a joint enterprise basis and sentenced to life imprisonment.

11KBW’s members offer advice and representation to clients in cases at the forefront of human rights law, such as immigration, social care and mental health, and regularly appear in the European Court of Human Rights. Jason Coppel QC represented the defendant in R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health, resisting a complaint that the NHS does not provide free abortions to women travelling from Northern Ireland. Karen Steyn QC was lead counsel for Liberty in DSD & NBV v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a high-profile case in which two victims of the β€˜black cab rapist’, John Worboys, succeeded in establishing that the Metropolitan Police breached an investigative obligation owed to them.

39 Essex Chambers members are regularly instructed on human rights issues in judicial reviews proceedings before the Administrative Court as well as the Court of Protection and the European Court of Human Rights. Nigel Pleming QC was involved in the Core Issues Trust v Transport for London case challenging Tfl’s decision not to place an advertisement championing sexual orientation equality on the side of its buses. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary before the Supreme Court in MM (Lebanon) & others v Secretary of State for Health which considered changes to the financial requirements for sponsoring a foreign spouse or partner to reside in the UK.

In the past 12 months, barristers at Brick Court Chambers have been instructed across very diverse areas, including Privy Council death row appeals and constitutional issues with a direct impact on human rights such as R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which concerned the procedure by which the UK government could initiate withdrawal from the European Union. Also of note, Martin Chamberlain QC acted in the Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec, representing a retired gay man whose pension scheme only provided a spousal pension entitlement to opposite sex couples. In Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence & FCO, Maya Lester QC acts for the claimant in a challenge to his detention and torture in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Landmark Chambers is β€˜an efficient, well-oiled machine’ that takes on a broad range of cases from the Northern Ireland’s abortion ban in cases of rape, incest and serious foetal abnormality, to arguing over restrictions to commercial catch limits on fishing licences and whether they are incompatible with the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions. Of note, Fiona Scolding QC is senior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse. Charles Banner acted in R (HC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before the Supreme Court, which concerned whether, and in what circumstances, a non-EU citizen residing in the UK as a primary carer is entitled to social benefits.

Monckton Chambers β€˜has particular strength in dealing with the overlap between commercial and regulatory litigation and human rights’. In R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Ian Wise QC represented the claimant where the Court of Appeal ruled it was unlawful for the Home Secretary to detain unaccompanied children longer than 24 hours. Ben Lask acted in MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a case concerning the rejection of the transgender appellant’s pension application on the ground that she didn’t have a full gender recognition certificate.

GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to