Civil Liberties & Public Law
Our Civil Liberties and Public Law specialists have exceptional experience in judicial review cases for over twenty years.
Our team are nationally recognised as specialists in this area with excellent connections to leading barristers’ chambers. You can have confidence that your case will be handled efficiently and with regular updates in what can be a very fast paced area of law.
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 public authority such as the local council, police force etc that you feel is unlawful and violates your rights?
Whilst you may feel that you are powerless against such authorities we can help you enforce your rights. .
Professional legal advice can’t always stop the injustice occurring but it can give help you obtain justice in the end.
Our Civil Liberties and Public Law specialists can help with:
- Judicial review
- Disclosure of Information (DBS and barring list disputes)
- Breach of Data Regulations (GDPR)
Chambers UK 2018
Howells is highly ranked as a law firm by Chambers UK. Sources describe the department as
“a brilliant team to work with”
Legal 500 2018
The department is highly recommended by Legal 500 who say
“Howells undertakes a broad range of civil liberties cases including actions against the police, judicial reviews, prisoner’s rights, immigration, inquests and deaths in custody. The team successfully pursued a challenge in the Supreme Court to the system of disclosure of all cautions and convictions, leading to a change in the law.”
“Head of Department Peter Mahy acted in a landmark case before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights which found the UK’s policy of retaining the DNA of suspects of the unconvicted population was a breach of Article 8.”
The Civil Liberties & Public Law 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.