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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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11KBW enjoys a strong reputation for its human rights and civil liberties work, which ranges across immigration and mental health matters, to disputes concerning privacy and the disclosure of criminal records. They are a popular choice for both individual claimants and NGOs as well as state and public bodies. Jason Coppel QC, Tom Cross and Cecilia Ivimy are among barristers from the set who have been involved in some of the key human rights and public law challenges to the 2020 lockdown restrictions and other matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth Prochaska, former legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, re-joined the set upon her return to private practice in 2020.
"The clerks are very responsive and hard working." "I found Tom Street efficient, helpful and speedy. Very easy to deal with." Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann are the joint senior clerks.

Strengths:

Cecilia Ivimy
Cecilia Ivimy is an experienced civil liberties and human rights barrister whose clients include central government, local authorities and public sector unions. Her recent cases have included matters relating to exit payment regulations, COVID travel restrictions and government guidance in relation to care homes. Cecilia is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel.
"She is a really hard-working barrister with heaps of experience." "Cecilia is amazing to work with. She is very responsive, her drafting is incredible and her advocacy is very strong."
Recent work: Acted in R (Kustorovic) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Secretary of State for Transport. The challenge was brought by a family returning from holiday required to self-isolate, who alleged deprivation of liberty under Article 5 and a breach of Article 8.

Strengths:

Christopher Knight
Christopher Knight is a well-regarded barrister whose broad civil liberties and human rights practice is enhanced by his complementary expertise in administrative and public law, data protection and EU law. He has been involved in important constitutional law cases in addition to challenges to the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Christopher Knight is a spectacularly fantastic junior. He is really spiky and fun as an advocate." "He is incredibly clever, super responsive and he delivers what the client wants accurately and quickly."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Hussain) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The claim was brought on behalf of a mosque in Bradford against the closure of places of worship on the grounds that it amounted to a breach of Article 9 ECHR.

Strengths:

Elizabeth Prochaska
Elizabeth Prochaska has experience advising individuals, NGOs and public bodies in relation to civil liberties and human rights matters. Before joining 11KBW, she was a legal director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
"Elizabeth is very responsive and has an extremely clear and effective written advocacy style."
Recent work: Appeared for Liberty as intervener in the case of Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust before the Court of Appeal.

Strengths:

Jason Coppel QC
Jason Coppel QC tackles a broad array of cutting-edge human rights work, both in the British courts and in the ECtHR. Since taking silk his practice has shifted towards claimant-side instructions; he represents NGOs and individuals in challenges to amendments of the Ministerial Code and in issues of jurisdiction, construction and human rights law relating to NHS contracts.
"Jason is really smart and calm. His knowledge of discrimination law and EU law is encyclopedic." "What makes him strong is his technical ability on the law; he is the sort of person who will fashion a Supreme Court argument in a couple of days."
Recent work: Represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission as intervener in the Supreme Court appeal of MS (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. The appeal concerned the immigration rights of individuals who have been subjected to human trafficking.

Strengths:

Joanne Clement
Joanne Clement is highly regarded for her adept representation of both claimant and defendant clients, often in landmark human rights cases. Her comprehensive offering covers areas such as privacy rights, religious freedoms and deaths in detention. She is increasingly recognised for her work in deprivation of liberty cases.
"An outstanding barrister. She is so down to earth and approachable. Very clear and fantastic on her feet. Her drafting is just on a different level."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in the test case Re T (A Child), considering the circumstances in which a child below the age of 16 can be deprived of liberty for the purposes of Article 5 ECHR.

Strengths:

Tom Cross
Tom Cross often appears unled in key civil liberties and human rights cases. His broad practice encompasses prison law, complex judicial reviews and significant claims for damages, with a particular focus on religious rights. He acts for both claimants and defendants including individuals, regulatory bodies and the UK and Welsh governments.
"A great barrister: he is a really good lawyer and very good at drafting."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in Attorney-General of Bermuda v Ferguson and Others, a major constitutional law challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in Bermuda.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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Ranked Barristers

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Jason Coppel QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Cecilia Ivimy
Band 4
Christopher Knight
Band 3
Elizabeth Prochaska
Band 4
Joanne Clement
Band 2