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Protecting Your Rights

People from every walk of life have the right to be treated fairly. If you feel that your rights have been infringed, our public law and human rights lawyers may be able to help you make a legal challenge.

We can help you if you have been treated unfairly, discriminated against or had your rights infringed by:

  • Government departments
  • Local councils
  • Hospitals, care homes and health trusts
  • Schools and Local Education Authorities

Our experts can help you challenge these organisations if they treat you unfairly. We have a wealth of experience across all fields of public law, with the knowledge and skills to make sure that your rights are respected.

Challenging public bodies can be a lengthy process with multiple stages of complaints, appeals and referrals, and strict time limits at different points. Enlisting legal support and representation from our experienced team early in the process will help give your case the best possible chance of success. Our lawyers will guide you through every step of the process with friendly and professional support, explaining the development of your case in plain English so you are always kept up to date.

Our public law and human rights solicitors are regarded as some of the best in the country by legal directories Legal 500 & Chambers UK. We've previously taken cases all the way to the Supreme Court, European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, so we're not daunted by any challenge. While we do seek to resolve cases with negotiation and mediation wherever possible, we'll take your fight as far as is necessary to get the results you deserve.

To find out more about how the Public Law & Human Rights team can help you, contact us online or speak to a member of our team by calling 0800 028 1943.

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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
  • Social Services
  • Councils
  • Certain Regulatory Bodies
  • Quangos and other organisations undertaking a public function

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 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.

Visit our Human Rights page for more information - or call us today for a free consultation on 0800 028 1943.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We have represented many people in a wide range of cases when their rights have been abused by the state and other authority bodies.

Some of our high profile cases include:

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, whom Chambers UK calls a "ground-breaking lawyer" and has previously won 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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How Do I Make Sure My Child Gets The SEN Support They Need?

Every child deserves the support they need to receive an education and education authorities have a responsibility to provide it. Our SEN lawyers can help with: 

  • Having your child's special educational needs assessed
  • Transport to and from school
  • Statutory funding for independent school placements
  • Accessing support in schools and colleges
  • Organising home education
  • Challenging discrimination

Our dedicated team of specialist education law solicitors will help you voice concerns you may have about your child's education and negotiate solutions with schools, colleges and local authorities. If necessary we can raise your dispute at a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal or appeal to judicial review.


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