Martin Forde QC was interviewed by Amelia Gentleman for The Guardian about the psychological impact...
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.
“A strong human rights and civil liberties set able to draw on members’ expertise in the immigration, environmental and medical fields. The chambers is well known for representing the government in national security and terrorism disputes with skilled Special Advocates among its bench of barristers. An example of recent work is Black v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which concerned how the smoking ban applies to prisons. ‘” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
Martin Forde QC featured in The Guardian as Independent Person to the Windrush compensation scheme - Jun 2018
1COR proud to announce that Alasdair Henderson has been appointed an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner - May 2018
1COR hosts Local Government & Education Law Conference - Sep 2017
Law Pod UK – Radicalisation & Child Protection Interview with Marina Wheeler QC - Aug 2017
Catriona Murdoch to deliver training at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia - Oct 2016
David Manknell in Supreme Court cases on oral hearings before the Parole Board - Apr 2013
Shaheen Rahman appeared as Special Advocate for a Claimant subject to a TPIM - Apr 2013
Adam Wagner interviewed for BBC’s Law in Action on social media prosecutions - Oct 2012
Angus McCullough QC appeared as Special Advocate for appellant in controversial appeal against deportation of terror suspects - May 2010
Supreme Court delivers judgment in prison smoking case in which Philip Havers QC and Shaheen Rahman QC appeared for the Appellant - Dec 2017
David Manknell and Amelia Walker successful in their defence of the Dubs child refugee scheme - Nov 2017
Oliver Sanders QC in Court of Appeal hearing about FOIA and restraint of children - Nov 2017
Shaheen Rahman QC and Matthew Hill speak at the annual Justice Human Rights Law Conference - Oct 2017
1COR support Human Rights charity RightsInfo by donating £2,000 - Oct 2017
Adam Wagner gives keynote to Holyrood Human Rights Committee - Sep 2017
Adam Wagner acts in Court of Appeal prisoner right to liberty case - Jul 2017
Adam Wagner instructed by victims of contaminated blood scandal - May 2017
Philip Havers QC and Neil Sheldon succeed in Supreme Court on Art 8 Rights case - May 2017
Martin Downs in new Radicalisation Judgment about protecting older children and vulnerable adults - Apr 2017
Oliver Sanders QC in Court of Appeal case about damages for judicial mistakes - Apr 2017
Marina Wheeler QC in Public Interest Immunity & Radicalisation case - Apr 2017
David Manknell wins in Court of Appeal in licence conditions and family separation case - Mar 2017
Neil Sheldon Acts For The Home Office In Trio of Article 8 Supreme Court Cases - Mar 2017
Angus McCullough QC Acts As Special Advocate in Judicial Review of licensing of UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia - Feb 2017
UK Human Rights Blog is pick of best legal bloggers by The Times - Feb 2017
Fake news, Human Rights and Access to Justice 2017 Human Rights Lecture - Feb 2017
Blanket doping bans and human rights. Does a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at Rio 2016 contravene human rights law? - Jan 2017
David Hart QC and Claire McGregor Represented Gilberto Torres In Crowdjustice’s Launch Case - Nov 2016
Marina Wheeler QC writes in The Times about government proposals on Human Rights and the deployment of troops overseas - Oct 2016
Martin Downs in case on first anniversary of Modern Slavery Act - Aug 2016
New article by Adam Wagner in Judicial Review - Apr 2016
Final order made in historic Joint Enterprise Supreme Court case - Apr 2016
Philip Havers QC and Shaheen Rahman in Prison Smoking Appeal - Feb 2016
Clodagh Bradley in closing stages of GMC case of Dr Waney Squier - Feb 2016
Supreme Court to rule on important Joint Enterprise appeal featuring Adam Wagner and Diarmuid Laffan - Feb 2016
Angus McCullough QC in Article 7 European Court of Human Rights case - Feb 2016
Adam Wagner successful in Serious Crime Prevention Order challenge - Nov 2015
Human Rights Blog 5th Anniversary Party Tonight - Oct 2015
Adam Wagner and Diarmuid Laffan acting for Ameen Jogee in important Joint Enterprise Supreme Court appeal - Oct 2015
Philip Havers QC, Rachel Marcus and Kate Beattie contribute to 5th edition of Clinical Negligence - Sep 2015
Adam Wagner in the running for Liberty Human Rights Award - Aug 2015
Adam Wagner interviewed on BBC Victoria Derbyshire show - Aug 2015
Adam Wagner interviewed by Counsel Magazine - Jul 2015
Philip Havers QC in another important right to die case challenging GMC guidance in such cases - Jul 2015
Claire McGregor in launch case for new crowdfunding platform for public interest litigation - May 2015
Human Rights Blog Highly Commended at UK Blog Awards - Apr 2015
Adam Wagner launches new human rights initiative – RightsInfo - Apr 2015
Martin Downs acts in internet vilification case - Apr 2015
Kate Beattie and Adam Wagner appointed as counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission - Feb 2015
Adam Wagner successful for MoJ in human rights/EU Charter damages claim brought after trial collapse - Feb 2015
Duncan Fairgrieve in Supreme Court case on police liability in negligence - Jan 2015
Adam Wagner successful in Grime Rap ‘Gangbo’ appeal - Jan 2015
Human Rights Blog reaches final of the UK Blog Awards 2015 - Dec 2014
Adam Wagner commenting on BBC on the Prime Minister’s Human Rights Announcements - Oct 2014
Supreme Court decision in the Right to Die case of Martin - Jun 2014
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, Henry Witcomb and Duncan Fairgrieve appear as interveners in the Supreme Court cases on Deprivation of Liberty - Oct 2013
Adam Wagner interviewed on BBC News on Abu Qatada - May 2013
Philip Havers QC in the Court of Appeal on the Right to Die case of Martin - May 2013
UK Human Rights Blog shortlisted for the Halsbury Legal Award’s Legal Journalism Award - Feb 2013
Angus McCullough QC acted as Special Advocate in Abu Qatada’s deportation proceedings - Nov 2012
Angus McCullough QC is acting as Special Advocate in Abu Qatada’s deportation proceedings - May 2012
Philip Havers QC in High Court decision on legality of professional advice in right to die case of Martin - Feb 2012
Angus McCullough QC giving evidence on the Justice and Security Green Paper to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights - Jan 2012
Angus McCullough QC is acting as special advocate for Abu Qatada in his applications for habeas corpus and bail - Jan 2012
Adam Wagner discusses the European Court of Human Rights with the Council of Europe - Jan 2012
Joanna Glynn QC discusses the Royal Society’s Report Neuroscience and the Law on Radio 4 - Dec 2011
Angus McCullough QC special advocate for Russian cleared of spying in deportation case - Nov 2011
Supreme Court finds against the Home Office on forced marriages - Oct 2011
Our Human Rights Blog surpasses half a million hits - Jul 2011
Angus McCullough QC and Andrea Lindsay Strugo in first live streamed human rights Supreme Court case - Jun 2011
Neil Garnham QC and Sydney Chawatama win appeal on mental health patients unlawful detention - Jan 2011
Our Human Rights Blog shortlisted for JUSTICE Human Rights Award - Nov 2010
Judicial review as to the need for a single inquiry into Iraqi torture allegations to go ahead, says High Court - Aug 2010
Sydney Chawatama defends claim by mental patient released under Habeas Corpus - Jun 2010
Angus McCullough gives evidence to the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the special advocate system - Feb 2010