The set remains at the forefront of human rights litigation.

Before the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms was incorporated into domestic law, we frequently appeared both before the Strasbourg Court and the Commission. Developing an expertise in human rights litigation prepared us well for the Human Rights Act 1998. We conducted the first series of seminars with the civil rights organization “Justice” on human rights and the common law and 13 members contributed to the well-received book “An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law”, predicting the profound effect the Convention would have on areas of practice hitherto untouched by European human rights law.

These predictions have been borne out and since October 2000 we have played a leading part in the expanding role of the Convention in a wide range of practice areas regularly acting for both claimants and defendants.

Our human rights expertise has been called upon across a broad spectrum of litigation, including:

  • Medical Law: Members of chambers have secured important rulings on the compatibility of disciplinary tribunals with the due process provisions of the tribunal.
  • Assisted Suicide: We have brought a ground-breaking challenge to the prohibition of assisted suicide under the 1961 Suicide Act and its compatibility with the right to autonomy under the Convention.
  • Immigration & Asylum: Chambers’ detailed familiarity with Convention jurisprudence in this area adds to its established expertise in immigration hearings.
  • Environmental & Planning Law: Chambers’ specialism in this area includes detailed knowledge of potential Convention arguments.
  • Mental Health: Established expertise in judicial review of decisions and proceedings under the Mental Health Act involving important Convention rights on detention, the right to private life etc.
  • Inquests: We have been involved in a number of cases addressed to the application of Article 2 to inquests into deaths in hospital and funding for legal representation at inquests.
  • Indirect Taxation & VAT: Members of chambers routinely argue human rights points in relation to VAT legislation and Customs and Excise policies.

We have advised and acted for civil liberties organisations and others on human rights issues on a pro bono basis and are happy to do so again in the future. We also act for the Government.

Anticipating the wide impact the Human Rights Act would have in all areas of law, One Crown Office Row started this guide and regular cases analysis in 1998. It is happy to share this resource as a public service.

In addition to this the UK Human Rights Blog was launched on 31 March 2010 and is written by members of Chambers. We compliment this with Law Pod UK, a podcast with presenters Rosalind English and Emma-Louise Fenelon interviewing judges, barristers and experts about cutting edge legal topics.

“Members of 1 Crown Office Row regularly receive instruction in sophisticated immigration, terrorism and healthcare-related human rights cases in domestic and international courts. Its barristers are frequently counsel of choice for the Government in national security disputes. A number of 1COR barristers act as Special Advocates in highly sensitive closed proceedings. Solicitors commend the set’s “really strong team of excellent counsel.”  “The clerks are straightforward, helpful and friendly. You can talk to them about anything, they’re perfectly sensible.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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