Praised for our depth in experience and commitment to Human Rights by Legal 500 2015 and 2014 editions, we are specialist civil liberties practitioners covering a number of areas of law including Immigration, Public Law, Community Care, Welfare Benefit, Childcare, Family, Housing and Crime. Our team of lawyers transcends a number of these key legal departments to ensure an effective and consistent multidisciplinary approach to our representation. We have extensive experience challenging human rights violations for victims of torture, trafficking, domestic violence and unaccompanied minors. A number of our clients are often very vulnerable with illnesses and/or severe mental health conditions.
Civil liberties are those freedoms and protections explicitly granted by our domestic law – such as the Data Protection Act, the Equality Act etc. Although Public bodies in the United Kingdom are naturally expected to act in accordance with domestic law, Duncan Lewis are ready to assist you if, as happens occasionally things do go wrong that require legal action.
Human rights law fills the gap between those explicit protections and the rights of individuals set out in the articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. Some of these articles, such as article 3 - the right to protection against ‘inhumane or degrading treatment’ are absolute and no breach of the right can be lawful. For other articles, such as article 8 - the right to ‘respect for private and family life’, the right is qualified, and breaches of the right may be lawful in some cases but not in others. If a decision is in accordance with domestic law, but interferes with a qualified right, then the interests of the individuals affected are weighed against those of society at large.
Unfortunately, British authorities often interpret human rights in an unduly restrictive manner, and it is frequently necessary to bring a legal challenge to secure those rights, and sometimes to secure compensation for breach of those rights.
Human rights are protected in law in a variety of ways:
Contact our civil liberties & human rights law solicitors and specialist team now if you require advice on a civil liberties & human rights law matter. A member of our team will be happy to assist you.