Public Law & Human Rights

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4 New Square enjoy a leading reputation at the public law and human rights bar, with members regularly involved in some of the most significant cases being heard by the Administrative Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Our members include present and former members of the Treasury Panels. In addition to government departments, clients regularly include local authorities and other public bodies, as well as individuals, NGOs and companies challenging executive action.

Examples of recent public law and human rights work include:

  • Members of chambers acting as lead and junior counsel to the inquiry in the Inquests into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster.
  • Members of chambers acting in the Court of Appeal in proceedings challenging the decision to detain and to seize journalistic material from David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • Members of chambers acting for a major European bank in a $74 million A1P1 claim before the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Members of chambers representing a number of UK Government departments against allegations of complicity in unlawful rendition and detention in Libya and Saudi Arabia.
  • Members of chambers acting in proceedings before the Court of Appeal in a £200 million damages claim against a UK government department brought under the Human Rights Act.
  • Members of chambers acting in an application before the European Court of Human Rights challenging the scope of GCHQ interception and use of communications under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
  • A landmark decision from the Court of Appeal in relation to the first ever successful judicial review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Members of chambers have appeared in a number of high-profile inquiries and inquests, acting as counsel to the inquiry and as counsel for interested parties. These have included: the Bloody Sunday Inquiry; the Billy Wright Murder Inquiry; the de Menezes Inquest; the Potters Bar Inquest; the Porton Down (nerve agent experiments) Inquest; and the Neale Inquiry.

A number of members of chambers are recognised as leaders in their field in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.