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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

No5 Chambers stands as a prominent force in defending civil liberties and human rights practice. Our barristers have handled some of the leading cases in the UK and before the European Court of Human Rights.

Our members have been instructed in cases such as the successful challenge to the UK government’s Rwanda policy, the Article 50 Brexit case (Gina Miller no 1), the Covid-19 Inquiry and the Infected Blood Inquiry. We also have considerable experience of acting on behalf of individuals in claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 and in judicial review challenges, which allow individual decisions by public bodies to face scrutiny and those who suffer violations of their civil rights and human rights to obtain remedy.

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We take pride in chambers’ pivotal role in shaping legal precedents and contributing to landmark decisions. We help victims of civil liberties breaches whether their cause attracts public sympathy or not, and sometimes the state is all the more keen to dispense with human rights protections where a minority or unpopular section of society is subject to the decision, such as prisoners or asylum seekers. We have been able to prevent unlawful actions, and policies, from being used to unfairly treat segments of society. For example, we bring claims on behalf of children who were let down badly by the local authority care system; our team has recently been involved in a judicial review test-case challenge to the inadequacy of accommodation provided to pregnant and new mother asylum-seekers, and we obtained the Supreme Court’s guidance as to how Parole Board panels are to fairly approach unproven allegations.

Our civil liberties and human rights practice spans a broad area of law including cases arising in the contexts of mental health, housing and social care, prison law, criminal justice, immigration, claims against the police and public authorities, inquests and inquiries, education, and wider public law.

Our members are recognised within the legal community for this expertise, with awards and nominations at the prestigious Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, showing our dedication to social justice and human rights. Members of No5 Chambers also serve as panel counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and share a commitment to advancing equalities and human rights on a broader scale.

Some members also have experience of providing specialist legal advice to and acting on behalf of local authorities, and regulatory bodies, in relation to civil liberties and Human Rights Act claims.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights Barristers

Manjit S Gill KC

Call 1982 | Silk 2000

Sultana Tafadar KC

Call 2005 | Silk 2022

Philip Rule KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2023

Abid Mahmood

Call 1992

Philip Dayle

Call 2012

Avril Rushe

Call 2017

Serena Sekhon

Call 2021

Mirren Gidda

Call 2023

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Clerks

Abdul Hafeez

Practice Director, Immigration & Public Law

Lucas Bennett

Practice Manager, Immigration & Public Law

Jordan Lloyd

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Emily Johnston

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Isabella Taylor

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Hannah Muxlow

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

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Clerk Team

Abdul Hafeez

Practice Director, Immigration & Public Law

abdulh@no5.com

07957 403805

Lucas Bennett

Practice Manager, Immigration & Public Law

lucasb@no5.com

Jordan Lloyd

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

jordanl@no5.com

Emily Johnston

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

emilyj@no5.com

Isabella Taylor

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

isabellat@no5.com

Hannah Muxlow

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

hannahm@no5.com

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