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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Old Square Chambers has a long-standing reputation for its work in civil liberties and human rights. Chambers is particularly known for the innovative use of human rights law for trade unions and in professional disciplinary proceedings, as well as for excellence in public inquiries and inquests, but members of chambers appear for both claimants and defendants across a wide range of high-profile human rights litigation.

Lord Hendy QC, holder of a Liberty Lifetime Achievement Award, leads this impressive team, alongside notable practitioners including Michael Ford QC and Ben Collins QC.

High profile cases include:

  • A number of recent Supreme Court appeals including Gilham v Lord Chancellor.
  • Representing three different parties in ground-breaking litigation about worker and trade union rights for foster carers.
  • Representing the Parole Board in the John Worboys case.
  • Representing the NUJ in the Leveson inquiry into press ethics, culture and practices.
  • Representing the RMT in challenging UK strike legislation under Article 11 ECHR in the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Representing members of UNITE in litigation against BA in the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Deploying Article 6 (right to fair trial) of the European Convention on behalf of consultant cardiologist Dr Mattu in his professional disciplinary hearing.

    Key contacts

    William Meade

    Senior Clerk
    William Meade 020 7269 0360 Email

    Graham Smith

    Deputy Senior Clerk
    Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email
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    William Meade (Senior Clerk)

    07970 649 755

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    Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

    07795 023 532