Brodies LLP

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

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Brodies acts in significant, high profile human rights cases in the Scottish courts, including challenges to the Scottish Parliament, based on the European Convention on Human Rights.

Our solicitor advocates Christine O’Neill and Niall McLean are the only two solicitor advocates on the Scottish Government’s list of Standing Junior Counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's panel of counsel in Scotland. 

We are the first port of call for many Scottish public authority clients requiring human rights advice, especially in complex and sensitive matters. We have long-standing expertise and experience across the full spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues, including:

  • deprivation of liberty;
  • right to a fair trial;
  • freedom of expression;
  • rights of conscience and religion;
  • property rights;
  • right to private and family life;
  • disability discrimination and other equality issues;
  • forced marriage protection;
  • rights to benefit support;
  • asylum and immigration; and
  • information rights.