Brodies LLP

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

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What the team is known for Regularly instructed by the Scottish government and local authorities on matters involving multifaceted human rights issues. Offers seasoned expertise on a wide range of topics from healthcare and social welfare to education and immigration. Also skilled at advising corporate clients on their compliance with international human rights law and the Equality Act 2010.

Strengths Clients say the lawyers are "absolutely fantastic and prompt in giving their advice."

Work highlights Defended the Scottish Government in a judicial review brought by Matilda Gifford, who had been the subject of undercover surveillance by the police when part of an environmental group. The claim centred on the UK government's refusal to extend the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing to Scotland, and it was argued that failure to do so breached Ms Gifford's rights under the Human Rights Act.

Notable practitioners

Christine O'Neill assists clients with civil liberties matters as part of her wider constitutional and public law practice. "Christine O'Neill is first-rate," says an interviewee. "In public law, she has an encyclopaedic knowledge and has a good idea for the points that matter."