5 Essex Court

Human Rights

"a set stocked with very talented barristers"
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5 Essex Court barristers appear in some of the most ground-breaking human rights challenges in the courts today. Chambers’ caseload includes challenges to the actions of the police, government departments, prisons and a range of other public bodies in the full range of courts from county level up to the Supreme Court.

Policies and decisions made by public bodies engage the human rights of citizens in numerous aspects of daily life, whether in the context of law enforcement, medical treatment, data protection, information management and many others. Combining our forensic expertise in human rights law with a keen awareness of the operational environment in which such decisions are made, we are able to assist our clients in carrying out their functions in a manner that is consistent with human rights expectations.

We take pride in maintaining the highest standards of written work, advocacy and integrity, so essential in this highly contentious area of law. We are skilled, robust and creative in dealing with claims which push the boundaries of human rights jurisprudence. We recognise that such challenges frequently have wider implications, beyond the interests of the parties in any one case.

Members of Chambers have appeared in numerous cases and inquiries involving human rights issues, for example:

  • Closed material procedures and national security
  • Alleged rendition and torture
  • Police shootings
  • Investigative duties
  • Immigration
  • Restraint
  • Freedom of journalistic expression
  • Stop and search
  • Retention of photographs / biodata / personal data
  • Mental health

For more information, contact our clerking team.