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11KBW is recognised as a leading group in the human rights and civil liberties space. Barristers at the set offer skilled counsel to individual claimants and advocacy groups, as well as state authorities and government departments. Members are expert in many areas, including mental health, social care and immigration law. Others specialise in securing protections for the commercial actions of corporate clients. The recent Supreme Court test case of D v Birmingham City Council, considering whether a parent can consent to confinement on a child's behalf without a court order, is a typical example of the important work conducted at the set.
Client service: "The clerks are helpful, responsive and provide a great service." Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann are the joint senior clerks.
Jason Coppel QC
Tackles a broad array of cutting-edge human rights work, both in the British courts and in the ECtHR. Operating as a member of the Attorney General's A Panel, he is regularly called upon to represent various departments of the central UK government. He also 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.
Strengths: "He's absolutely stellar on paper: Everything is analytically correct and written in a very convincing, persuasive and clear manner."
Recent work: Represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court challenge to abortion law in Northern Ireland.
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.
Strengths: "Joanne is a bright lawyer who can draft very well." "Very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in D (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v Birmingham City Council, a test case determining the circumstances in which a child is deprived of liberty for the purposes of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Nigel Giffin QC
Tackles a broad array of leading human rights work, both in the British courts and in the ECtHR. Operating as a member of the Attorney General's A Panel, he is regularly called upon to represent various departments of the central UK government. He also represents NGOs and individuals on difficult cases.
Strengths: "As a tribunal lawyer, Giffin is superb, his ability to marshal vast quantities of historic documentation is immense and he demonstrates enormous sensitivity in difficult cases."
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.
Strengths: "He has a comprehensive knowledge of human rights law and he's very client-friendly." "Tom is an excellent public lawyer. He's thoughtful, sensible and practical."
Recent work: Acted in Attorney-General of Bermuda v Ferguson and Others (Privy Council), a major human rights challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in Bermuda. The case focuses on the scope of freedom of conscience under the Bermuda Constitution.