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Bhatt Murphy

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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What the team is known for

Demonstrates a strong firm-wide focus on the domain of civil liberties and human rights, often handling some of the highest-profile cases in the field. The firm's civil liberties work encompasses security services matters, immigration detention and prison law. Experienced in supporting victims of domestic violence and hate crimes, particularly in cases arising from alleged procedural failures by the state. Also offers capabilities in human trafficking and mental health-related cases. Recent activity has included acting in a series of major public inquiries.


An interviewee reports: "They are compassionate, responsive and very sensitive in how they communicate what could be upsetting information."

Another observes: "All of their files are very meticulously prepared at all times."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of a mother and her child who both obtained damages following their separation and removal from a mother and baby unit, where proper procedures were not followed.

Represented Mohammed Sharif in an Article 2 investigation into a racist attempted murder attack on a Black Muslim prisoner by a white prisoner at HMP Bristol.

Notable practitioners

Charlotte Haworth Hird maintains a respected practice which includes bringing claims alleging various ECHR violations. She also regularly represents bereaved families who have suffered as a result of Article 2 breaches.
"Charlotte is fantastic at inquests and Article 2 breaches."

Skilled in public and human rights law, Hamish Arnott frequently handles cases touching on the treatment of prisoners, including those held in immigration detention.

Jane Ryan is a skilled human rights practitioner who frequently acts for prisoners and immigration detainees. Recently she has acted on behalf of transgender individuals bringing claims against the police and prisons.

Janet Farrell has a respected practice focused on a wide range of challenges to immigration detention. She also offers expertise in matters involving access to healthcare and the imposition of curfews, and has a strong presence in the law surrounding women's rights.
"Janet Farrell leaves no stone unturned in her investigation of a case; she will have thought about all of the issues." "She is extremely meticulous and I entirely trust her judgement."

Mark Scott is renowned for his ability to bring complaints against state bodies, particularly those surrounding detention and death in custody cases.
"Mark Scott is a really incredible advocate for the voiceless." "He is really tactically sound and a pleasure to work with."

Raju Bhatt maintains a high degree of respect for his broad and varied human rights practice. He is particularly regarded for handling matters involving police law, and the treatment of those held in prison.
"Raju Bhatt is the absolute godfather. He knows everything about everything there is to know."

Shamik Dutta brings a wealth of experience to his human rights practice, which frequently involves bringing a range of claims against the Home Office and police. He is also highly regarded for privacy work.
"I think Shamik Dutta is superb; he is strategic and clever." "He is a really capable, good solicitor with good judgement. He is very calm and considered."

Simon Creighton is renowned for his prison law expertise, as well as being skilled at matters concerning the conduct of the police.

Tony Murphy is a go-to choice for those bringing challenges to hold state bodies to account for neglect, abuse, and deaths both domestically and internationally.
"Tony Murphy is really unflappable and able to deal with any complex type of case that you throw his way." "He considers all scenarios, carefully explains everything to us and offers excellent advice."

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights are at the heart of Bhatt Murphy’s work, including in our police law, prison law, immigration detention and security services work. Bhatt Murphy lawyers are consistently involved in some of the most high profile civil liberties cases.


Anness, Olivia

Arnott, Hamish

Bhatt, Raju

Carini, Michela

Dolcy, Chanel

Dutta, Shamik

Farrell, Janet

Gallwey, Carolynn

Haworth Hird, Charlotte

Mcgregor, Catriona

Murphy, Tony

Naftalin, Sophie

Oswald, Michael

Phillips, Megan

Roszykiewicz, Eva

Ryan, Jane

Scott, Mark

Shannon, Catherine

Weingarten, Miri

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Bhatt Murphy


10 Tyssen Street


Greater London


E8 2FE

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Charlotte Haworth Hird
Band 4
Jane Ryan
Up and Coming
Janet Farrell
Band 4
Raju Bhatt
Senior Statespeople
Shamik Dutta
Band 2

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