Deighton Pierce Glynn

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Frequently involved in bringing high-profile challenges to the UK government's domestic and foreign policy on behalf of NGOs and individual claimants. Notable emphasis on public law cases that intersect with equality, human rights and EU law. Has achieved significant results on behalf of victims of trafficking, immigration detainees and individuals affected by cuts to welfare benefits. Also acts on behalf of disability campaign groups to challenge cuts to healthcare access. Recent notable work includes challenges to UK surveillance policy.

Strengths A client notes: "Deighton Pierce Glynn is a firm that works for a wider social change. All the lawyers we worked with are incredibly good specialists in their area of expertise."

A source deems Deighton Pierce Glynn "a firm that takes pride in pushing the boundaries to the benefit of vulnerable people, that will take on strategic cases where others will hesitate, and that trains its junior staff to question and challenge in a very constructive manner."

"The sector I work in would be immensely poorer if Deighton Pierce Glynn did not exist. They are a light in the dark," says a commentator.

Work highlights Successfully challenged the statute restricting civil partnerships to same-sex couples in the Supreme Court on Article 8 and 14 grounds.

Notable practitioners

Adam Hundt is a noted specialist in healthcare and community care-related public law. In particular, he is known for bringing judicial review challenges to the denial of healthcare and benefits to asylum seekers and victims of trafficking. A source says: "He is quick to respond and always makes you feel like he's really listening to you and taking things on board. He's compassionate and understands as much as anyone can what clients are going through. He's also humble and willing to hear ideas and take a back seat, but then really knows his stuff when asked."

Daniel Carey "emphasises what's great about Deighton Pierce Glynn," according to market commentators. He regularly handles public law litigation arising from diverse issues including novel cases concerning surveillance and privacy rights, overseas military operations and human trafficking. An interviewee recounts: "He came up with great ideas in very little time and was committed, bright and creative."

According to an interviewee, founding partner Polly Glynn has "a real breadth of experience, a phenomenal workload, and some great results" in human rights, community care and election-related public law. Clients speak especially highly of her cutting-edge work on challenges concerning homelessness, and appreciate that she is "really accessible and able to turn legalese into something that's easy to understand."

Sue Willman applies her wealth of experience in the area to matters concerning migrants' rights and international human rights violations, often instructed by NGOs and charities. She is praised for being "thorough, client-centred and determined" by a source. Another notes: "Sue is a highly skilled and very knowledgeable lawyer and has a personal approach to clients and cases."