Civil Liberties & Human Rights - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 6 other lawyers
What the team is known for Maintains a market-leading practice covering a vast range of domestic and international issues relating to civil liberties and human rights. Noted for its expertise in right-to-die cases, healthcare, unlawful detention, prison law and immigration.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Everybody there is rigorous and methodical, and very diligent. They take on the difficult cases challenging the government where others might lack the guts."
Client service: "They have always treated us with the utmost respect and kindness, and were highly professional in all aspects of our case. I would recommend them to anybody. They are without doubt at the top of their profession."
Technical ability: "They are outstanding. They are innovative, exciting to work with and imaginative, and give a fantastic service to their clients."
Work highlights Instructed by the Kenya Human Rights Commission to represent Kenyans who were tortured by the British colonial government during the repression of the 'Mau Mau rebellion' in the 1950s and 60s.
Represented the family of a woman diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. The case concerned an application to cease to administer the artificial hydration and nutrition that were keeping her alive.
Richard Stein specialises in international law, healthcare, right to die, freedom of information and education. Clients describe him as a "passionate and inspired" practitioner who "uses the law creatively and looks at it from an entirely new perspective."
Jamie Beagent focuses on cases concerning immigration detention, corporate responsibility and freedom of information. Clients describe him as an excellent practitioner who "has absolute commitment and real intellectual stamina."
Frances Swaine heads the firm's human rights department. Her areas of expertise include inquests, social care, education and healthcare.
Rosa Curling specialises in cases concerning the right to die, access to information, healthcare, education and international law. "She is incredibly passionate, very hard-working and tenacious, and has absolute integrity," states a client, adding: "She doesn't stop when the day ends."
Merry Varney is particularly well regarded for her expertise in cases concerning equality and discrimination. "She has a very sharp eye for the detail of a case and very good knowledge of human rights law," state market sources.
Sean Humber handles a range of cases in the field of prison law. He recently acted in a case concerning prisoners' access to appropriate healthcare.
Alison Millar specialises in inquests, social care, healthcare and disability discrimination. "The immense personal support we experienced from her was surpassed only by her professional effort beyond the call of duty," states one client.