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Top-tier civil law set of chambers recognised for our exemplary client service, depth and breadth of experience in our specialist areas and the outstanding quality of our counsel.

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“arguably the best set for public authority inquest and inquiry work”
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16 Sep 20

‘Care homes banning visitors to keep residents safe could face litigation due to breach of human rights’ - Rob Harland comments for Care Home

Rob Harland comments for Care Home. A rise in COVID-19 among the general population and in care homes has led to some residential settings banning all non-essential visitors, however Rob Harland has warned that although fear of legal liability has led them to lockdown the care home, they could just as “easily end up being sued for not allowing visitors in”.

25 Sep 20

Brook House Inquiry: first preliminary hearing

The Brook House Inquiry has held its first preliminary hearing. Jonathan Dixey and Jennifer Wright act for the Independent Monitoring Board.

16 Sep 20

Alan Payne QC and John Goss appear for Home Secretary in Court of Appeal in significant case relating to asylum seekers and parental abduction

Alan Payne QC and John Goss appeared in the Court of Appeal in an important case concerning the interaction between the Hague Convention 1980 (which deals with summary return of children abducted from their country of habitual residence) and international, EU and domestic law relating to asylum seekers and refugees.