Human Rights and Civil Liberties

The 1998 Human Rights Act has applied the European Convention on Human Rights to English Law. The rights concern, for example, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of expression, liberty and security. They may apply to all areas of legal relationships and to individual’s dealings with the court and any public body.

Incorporation of the convention rights should enhance the individual’s ability to withstand and challenge the decisions of public bodies which affect him or her.

Human Rights considerations may arise within family, mental health, criminal and civil cases, but their argument and presentation demand particular skills and experience. You will need advice about whether you have a sustainable human rights or civil liberties argument and about the forum in which any argument should be put.

You are very welcome to contact us if you believe that any decision taken by a local or national authority which affects you may be subject to challenge. We have experience and knowledge of judicial review cases. We ask you to bear in mind that there are strict time limits for challenging decisions made and that, in this area of law above all, delay can be fatal.

We can offer appointments at our Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland offices.