The Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide ranks the best barristers and sets in the civil liberties and human rights field. Individuals recognised in these rankings are regularly involved in the most complex cases involving violations of rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention of Human Rights, and are called upon to act for the government, a diverse range of organisations, the media and several individual clients.
The leading barristers in this area are experienced in the handling of cases heard before the European Court of Human Rights, the UK Supreme Court and several international courts, in addition to regularly appearing in high-profile judicial review proceedings. Work covered in this practice area includes cases relating to discrimination, detention and immigration, free speech and prisoners’ rights. Several barristers highlighted in these rankings are also recognised for their considerable expertise in Protest Law, and are frequently instructed in both judicial reviews of state actions to prevent protests, and injunctions to prevent occupations such as the recent Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London.
The Chambers rankings include a wide range of barristers, from the top silks in the field to the most up and coming young juniors. Recognised names such as Dinah Rose QC and David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers and Philippa Kaufman QC of Matrix Chambers feature at the top of our civil liberties and human rights rankings, while up and coming juniors Raj Desai of Matrix Chambers and Garden Court Chambers’ Una Morris, each under 10 years call, are also highlighted in this table as rising stars in this practice area.