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Deighton Pierce Glynn

Work 020 7407 0007
Fax 020 7407 0444
Bristol, London EC1V, London SE1

Deighton Pierce Glynn specialises in claimant public and private law litigation with a focus on actions against government bodies and corporations.

The firm: In 2012, Deighton Guedalla, known for Jane Deighton's high-profile work in private law actions against the police and other arms of the state, merged with public law firm Pierce Glynn, which specialised in social welfare law with a focus on migrants.

Since then, Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG) has grown in size and stature and is respected as one of the leading public interest law firms in the UK. It works for a number of important clients including AIRE Centre; All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones; Anti-Slavery International; Asylum Support Appeals Project; British Red Cross; Detention Action; Gulf Center for Human Rights; Kalayaan; Law Centres Network; Medical Justice; REDRESS; Refugee Action; Rights Watch (UK); and SumOfUs.

Known for being peopled by competent and strategic litigators at the cutting edge of the law to promote fundamental rights, DPG is also diversifying its funding sources to include more crowdfunding and non-profit collaborations, enabling it to litigate for the most discriminated-against clients, and to work with NGOs and activists on strategic challenges.

Types of work undertaken: Actions against the police: DPG's team is top-rated nationally for its work for clients who take actions against the police. It has represented protestors, football fans who have been unfairly targeted on match days, and women subjected to domestic and sexual violence who have been failed by the police. It has pioneered race discrimination cases against the police, and also specialises in disability, sex and gender orientation discrimination cases.

Detention and deprivation of liberty: DPG has a large team of committed and very highly regarded solicitors experienced in bringing cases for people detained in prisons, immigration removal centres, care homes and hospitals. It regularly secures court orders bringing ongoing detention to an end and acts in claims for compensation for unlawful detention or unlawful treatment during detention.

Discrimination and equality: the team is nationally recognised for bringing discrimination cases, assisting clients who have suffered discrimination on the basis of their race, sex, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. It acts in claims across a range of areas including housing, policing, local government, healthcare, planning, immigration detention and the provision of goods and services.

Failures to protect: DPG has national expertise in providing advice and representation where state bodies fail to comply with their duties to protect the vulnerable. It acts for children, victims of trafficking and modern day slavery, victims of crime and witnesses to crime, and vulnerable adults.

Housing, destitution and social services: the firm built its current reputation on its work in the areas of social housing law and issues around the provision of accommodation and support for migrants. These remain core areas of the firm's work. The firm's housing practice acts for tenants, occupiers and the homeless, and has ranged from acting for individuals sleeping on the streets, to large groups of tenants in disputes about repairs and service charges.

Inquests: the firm's cases range from those involving deaths arising from police restraint, shooting and assaults to those involving illness, overdose and self-inflicted deaths. It works with organisations such as INQUEST to ensure that families are in as much control as they can be in the aftermath of a loved one's passing. All of DPG's police action lawyers are members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG).

Information and privacy rights: the firm's cutting-edge information and privacy rights work has three main components: securing access to information; protecting privacy; and securing remedies where information is misused or is false. It represents individuals and non-governmental organisations in legal challenges, seeking transparency and securing accountability for unlawful surveillance activities. Its work has achieved significant successes and broken new ground.

Judicial review and public law: DPG has one of the largest and most highly regarded claimant-focused judicial review teams in the UK. Its solicitors have brought hundreds of successful judicial review and other public law claims across a range of areas and against a wide range of public bodies.

International law and corporate accountability: the firm's international claims are aimed at getting access to justice from the UK government, corporations and others responsible for human rights and environmental violations abroad. It has worked successfully on cases with ECCHR, FIDH, Reprieve, REDRESS, International Rights Advocates, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch as well as country-specific NGOs.

Other offices: Bristol, London (City)

  • Number of UK partners: 10
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 22
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Actions against the police: 30
  • Judicial review: 40
  • Social welfare and housing: 20
  • Discrimination: 10

Above material supplied by Deighton Pierce Glynn.

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