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Protecting Your Rights

Human Rights Solicitors

The Human Rights Act of 1998 sets out fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. Public bodies such as the police, councils, schools and local authorities all have a duty to make sure these rights are protected.

Human rights underpin every aspect of our lives, but some of the key principles involve:

  • The right to life
  • The right to a private life
  • Freedom from discrimination or harassment
  • Access to healthcare and medication 

If you believe you have suffered an infringement of these rights, we could help you make a claim. Our expert solicitors have extensive experience challenging human rights abuses in many areas, including:

We have offices across the country and can help you apply for any legal aid that is available. We offer a free initial consultation and our team is ranked in the leading legal directories.

Infringement of your human rights can take on many forms and you need a legal team that understands the nuances of these cases across different areas of law. Our Public Law experts have the expertise you need to build a strong case and will fight to get you the justice you deserve.

Call the team today on 0800 028 1943 or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll call you back.

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    • Who Can Make A Public Law Claim?
    • Anyone who has had their rights infringed or has been treated unfairly by a public body can make a claim. You can also claim on behalf of people who are unable to make decisions for themselves, such as adults with certain mental illnesses or brain injuries, or children.

      Charities, campaign groups and local interest groups may also make claims on behalf of individuals or groups of people that have been affected by a public body decision.

      Most areas of public law require you to go through complaints and appeals procedures before you can take legal action in a court, but we can advise, support and represent you at any stage of the process. You don't need to be ready to go to court to take advantage of our in-depth knowledge and negotiation skills.

      If you think you might be able to make a public law claim, speak to one of our team on 0800 028 1943 to find out more.

    • What Is Judicial Review?
    • Judicial Review is a way to challenge public bodies if you think they have made a decision that is unfair, unlawful or irrational. You can only apply for judicial review once you have exhausted all other options through complaining and using any relevant appeals procedure.

      If your claim is successful, a judge can force an organisation to make its decision again, prohibit the organisation from doing certain things or force it to comply with its legal duties. In some cases they even award you compensation.

      Our public law solicitors have a great deal of experience with taking cases to judicial review and can give your claim the best possible chance of success. See our Judicial Review page for more information.

    • What Funding Is Available?
    • The funding available depends on the specifics of your case and might include:

      • Legal Aid - sometimes available for people claiming means-tested benefits whose case has a reasonable chance of success or has a wider public interest
      • Legal Expenses Insurance - often included in home insurance and can pay for legal costs
      • No Win No Fee* Agreements - available for some cases

      Before going ahead with litigation, we will explore all possible approaches to keep your costs low, such as mediation, Ombudsman appeals, and complaints procedures.


    • Meet The Team
    • Our Public Law & Human Rights solicitors are listed as leaders in their field by legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. We have taken cases to the highest courts in the UK and Europe and our work has led to changes in the law itself.

      We understand that these cases can be very personal and we treat each and every client with the utmost sensitivity and discretion. Our team will provide a friendly and professional service from the moment you first get in touch.

      Meet our team of Public Law & Human Rights solicitors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Human Rights Act?

The Human Rights Act 1998 defends the basic rights of individuals, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity and income. If you believe these rights have been breached, it allows you to have your case heard in a UK court rather than having to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The full range of rights protected by the Act is extensive, but some of the main articles we deal with most often in cases of human rights abuses include:

  • Article 2 - Right to life
  • Article 3 - Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Article 5 - Right to liberty
  • Article 6 - Right to a fair trial
  • Article 8 - Right to family and private life
  • Article 14 - Freedom from discrimination

Public bodies and organisations have a responsibility to make sure your human rights are protected at all times. Such organisations might include:

  • The government
  • The police
  • Schools and hospitals
  • Councils and local authorities

All these authorities may have an impact on our lives across a range of areas. The Human Rights Act is there to ensure that fundamental rights are upheld no matter what the circumstances. We should expect to be treated fairly, to have access to the healthcare and education we need, and have faith in the justice system.

Our Human Rights solicitors understand the many different ways any infringement on these rights may affect people and their loved ones. We have extensive experience helping those who have been let down by the authorities get the justice they deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation on 0800 028 1943 - or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll call you back.

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What Counts As An Abuse Of Human Rights?

The wide range of areas covered by the Human Rights Act means that abuses of these rights can take many forms. A violation of your human rights might involve:

Anyone could have their human rights breached, but some are more vulnerable than others, such as:

  • Children with special educational needs (SEN)
  • People in police custody or other state detention
  • People with complex care needs

Legal reforms and funding cuts within the social sector can mean vital services are withdrawn for those who need them most. Our team has helped many families challenge local authority decisions to make sure vulnerable children and adults have access to the education, care and support they are entitled to.

If you believe you have suffered an infringement of your human rights, our expert team can advise you on next steps. Call today for a free consultation on 0800 028 1943 - or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll call you back.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We have acted in many high profile cases challenging human rights abuses by the state and other authority bodies including the police, healthcare trusts, and local authorities.

Some of our high profile cases include:

We regularly bring claims for breach of Article 2 (Right to Life) where people have died whilst in police custody or in the care of mental health hospitals, or shortly after release. We work closely with the charity INQUEST to help families find out what has happened to their loved ones who have died in prison or state detention. For more information and case studies please see our page on Inquests.

We have also helped many people and their families get the vital access to the education and healthcare they need when support services have been withdrawn because of budget cuts. Find out more on our Health and Social Care page.

Our lawyers are passionate about achieving justice. We believe in a fair society and have successfully taken cases all the way to the Supreme Court, European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

Our expert team includes Fiona McGhie, who worked with Cerebra to update their guidelines on the arrest and detention of disabled children, and Yogi Amin, who was recently named Social and Welfare Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Whatever your situation, we have the expertise and dedication to help you. Contact the team today on 0800 028 1943 - or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll call you back.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK

"The lawyers are heavyweight individuals in a big firm, but they never compromise on client care. They handle cases with striking compassion and insight."
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