The UK guide ranks both law firms and lawyers possessing expertise in human rights and civil liberties issues. Work covered within the section focuses on issues relating to the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Solicitors ranked in this section regularly represent clients in judicial reviews and public inquiries, as well as civil actions relating to alleged procedural failures by the state.
Instances of ECHR breaches feature heavily in this section, with cases frequently involving issues such as torture, human trafficking, modern slavery, corporate complicity in human rights abuses and death penalty cases. Mental health, environmental law and data protection matters are also covered, as are extradition cases.
Law firms and lawyers regularly represent charities and NGOs, in addition to a range of vulnerable individuals, including victims of domestic violence and hate crimes, prisoners, detained migrants and protestors, along with their families.
This table also includes prison law sub-section, which highlights firms and individual lawyers specialising in prisoners' rights issues such as segregation, parole board reviews, access to higher education, police neglect and death in custody cases.
The section includes high rankings for both dedicated civil liberties firms such as Bhatt Murphy and Birnberg Peirce & Partners, as well as human rights law teams at larger firms such as Bindmans LLP and Leigh Day.
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