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Civil Liberties & Human Rights — Scotland


Balfour+Manson LLP - Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Provides counsel to a broad client base of claimant individuals, local government entities and charities on rights infringements and related matters of policy. Consequently, the firm is able to maintain balance between authorities and client individuals, and to protect the interests of the latter. Recently acted in a number of important judicial reviews.

Work highlights Acted for the Christian Institute in a judicial review that challenged Part 4 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which sets out powers and duties related to information sharing.

Represented a 55 year old student who had been refused a student living cost loan on the grounds of her age in a judicial review of a decision made by the Student Award Agency Scotland.

Significant clients Fife Council, The Law Society of Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Elaine Motion is a "very well regarded and highly thought of" lawyer with significant experience working on complex judicial reviews. She tackles high-profile issues concerning prison conditions, voting rights and regulatory disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Balfour+Manson LLP)

Since inception in 1888, the firm has placed Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the core of its business.

We are committed to protecting the interests of our clients ensuring that a fair balance is struck in the exercise of power by authorities against the individual and that power is exercised lawfully.

We act for individuals who believe their rights have been breached. We also advise local authorities, charities and other organisations in defending actions raised against them and to ensure their policies and procedures do not infringe the rights of the individual.

We have consistently represented the rights of our clients with a high level of professionalism and significant success, but have also shown a level of innovation. We are well known for identifying and bringing forward complex and novel arguments. That is, in our view, a much more onerous task than seeking to defend and attack those arguments. 

It is through our philosophy, commitment and expertise that we have earned our hard and long standing reputation and we are proud to remain at the cutting edge.

Elaine Motion continues to be ranked band 1 in this field and Sindi Mules has been recognised at the forefront of legal developments in this area of practice for a number of years. She has been heavily involved in a number of significant cases, some of which have changed the legal landscape in Scotland. 

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Anderson Strathern - Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Capable of handling a broad array of civil liberties and human rights matters, offering support throughout areas as diverse as local government, medical negligence and family law. Demonstrates strength in regulatory cases involving health workers, solicitors, Members of the Scottish Parliament and others. Further areas of expertise include mental health, data protection and prison law.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is well led, motivated and very able."

Clients note: "They stand out in this area due to their good depth of expertise."

Work highlights Acted for the General Dental Council as an interested party in a petition for judicial review brought by an individual against NHS Fife's decision not to allow legal representation at an employment disciplinary hearing.

Acted for the RCN in M v Nursing and Midwifery Council in appealing a Nursing and Midwifery Council decision to strike off the claimant's name from the register after proceeding in her absence in contravention of her Article 6 right.

Significant clients Parole Board for Scotland, Scottish Information Commissioner, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, Scottish Prison Service.

Notable practitioners

Catriona Watt is an experienced human rights and civil liberties practitioner. She handles difficult cases arising from a range of areas including prison law, mental health and professional regulation.

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Taylor & Kelly - Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

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Band 2

第二等

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What the team is known for Provides representation to a client base of marginalised individuals throughout Scotland, with both public and prison law encompassed within its practice. Particular expertise in mental health and disability concerns, as well as certain parliamentary and common law prison regulations.

Notable practitioners

Laura Milite is the principal solicitor at the firm. She handles a range of civil liberties and human rights work.

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Band 1

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jennifer Jack of Harper Macleod LLP is described by sources as "very impressive" and enjoys a "very strong personal reputation." She has a varied practice covering human rights and civil liberties matters. She is particularly noted in the market for her work on children's rights.

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Band 1

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Elaine Motion is a "very well regarded and highly thought of" lawyer with significant experience working on complex judicial reviews. She tackles high-profile issues concerning prison conditions, voting rights and regulatory disputes.

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Band 2

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Catriona Watt is an experienced human rights and civil liberties practitioner. She handles difficult cases arising from a range of areas including prison law, mental health and professional regulation.

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Band 3

Taylor & Kelly

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Milite is the principal solicitor at the firm. She handles a range of civil liberties and human rights work.

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Band 3

Christine O'Neill

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christine O'Neill of Brodies LLP is an experienced human rights and civil liberties practitioner praised by a client as a lawyer whose "passion carries you along: everyone wakes up and listens to what she says." As a solicitor advocate she is the First Standing Junior to the Scottish Ministers.

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