Civil » Human Rights & Inquests

If you’ve been wronged, we’re here to put things right.

Everyone has rights and we expect these to be upheld. But what happens when the people you expect to help you are actually the ones who have left you feeling like you have been wronged? What do you do when a decision has been made by a government authority such as the local council, that you feel is unlawful and violates your rights?

Whilst you may feel that you are powerless against such authorities, the Human Rights Act guarantees you a number of rights and freedoms; and we can help you enforce them. Professional legal advice can’t stop the injustice occurring in the beginning but it can give you justice in the end.

How we can help

If your human rights have been violated and an injustice has been done, we may be able to raise a legal challenge against the actions of such authorities. Whilst a public body (such as a local council, statutory tribunal etc.) has the authority of power, this is supervised by the Administrative Courts in England and Wales. The decisions they make, where there is no other right of appeal, are susceptible to challenge.

So if a decision has been made that you feel has breached your human rights, you may have a case for Judicial Review. If your case is valid we may apply to the Administrative Court to review the decision and possibly obtain damages.

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Our aims

Our team

Our expert team, led by one of the brightest lawyers of his generation, Peter Mahy, specialises in human rights challenges and has regularly taken cases to the highest level, including the European Court of Human Rights.

Our success in challenging the UK government on the retention of DNA and other samples from people who had not been convicted of any crime led to media attention around the world and was recognised as a major victory for human rights.

We also have a highly experienced inquests team and have represented many families in their search for truth and justice for loved ones.


Chambers UK

Howells is highly ranked as a law firm for Human Rights by Chambers UK.  The prestigious guide says the team “demonstrates particular expertise in matters concerning the retention of fingerprints and DNA by the police.” and clients commented that Howells are “A very good firm. They do a lot of good, novel and innovative work in the civil liberties area.”


Previous Cases

Howells Inquest team wins argument that there were repeated failures by Westlands Mental Health Unit leading to the death of a patient (Sept 2016)