Civil Liberties & Human Rights - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Regularly instructed in major domestic and international cases involving deaths in custody, unlawful detention and torture. Well versed in claims involving discrimination and healthcare. Pre-eminent inquests practice.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding firm both in terms of the work they do and also in the way they do it. They properly put the clients' interests first."
"They are absolutely top quality in terms of attention to detail. They prepare to a really high level."
Work highlights Acted on an inquest into the death of a ranger in the Royal Irish Regiment during a training exercise in Pembrokeshire. The inquest resulted in a verdict of unlawful killing.
Acted for a Yemeni human rights activist on a challenge to his Schedule 7 detention at Gatwick airport.
Jamie Beagent's practice incorporates formidable strength in unlawful detention and immigration-related work. Sources say he is "very experienced, strategic and bright."
Benjamin Burrows receives frequent instruction in a wide range of prison law work, including cases involving healthcare and unlawful detention. "He's very determined, he knows the law extremely well, he's procedurally very shrewd and experienced, and he's got very good judgement," say interviewees.
Sources report that Sean Humber is "hugely skilled tactically, and his strategic ability is excellent. From day one of a case he sees the end of it." His expertise covers the full range of prison law, including cases relating to healthcare.
Richard Stein is experienced in discrimination, right to die and political protest cases. He is also instructed in high-profile claims involving the military and international law. Sources comment that "he's obviously extremely experienced and he often pulls the clever card out of the pack."
Managing partner Frances Swaine has extensive experience in cases involving abuse, mental health and social care. She is well versed in representing bereaved families in inquests.
Rosa Curling handles cases involving international law, healthcare and the death penalty. Sources say she "is fantastically bright and brilliant at presenting cases, and demonstrates incredible organisation of the caseload."
Alison Millar maintains an impressive reputation for her skill in cases involving healthcare. She is also well versed in claims relating to social care, abuse and discrimination, receiving frequent instruction in high-profile inquests.
Merry Varney has notable experience in healthcare and discrimination issues. She regularly represents bereaved families in inquests.