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Constitutional public and human rights law

Constitutional and public law affects all business activities subject to statutory control or regulation, while human rights law governs the fundamental rights of all individual persons and corporate entities.

Members of 20 Essex Street Chambers have extensive experience appearing both in the domestic courts and before specialist and international tribunals in these areas. They act both for and against Government departments. Past and present clients include:

  • the Foreign & Commonwealth Office,
  • the Ministry of Defence,
  • the Department of Work and Pensions,
  • HM Customs and Excise,
  • HM Treasury,
  • local authorities,
  • various public bodies and charities,
  • the Government of the United Kingdom
  • the Government of Turkey
  • individuals claiming to be victims of human rights abuse by court bodies

Recently, members of chambers have appeared in the European Court of Human Rights (on behalf of a consortium representing 500,000 expatriate pensioners challenging the non-indexation of their state pension), the House of Lords (in cases concerned with fair trial rights and deprivation of liberty in the counter-terrorism field), the Court of Appeal (in the case of a Welsh Rugby club denied promotion to the Premier League as a result of a change in rules by the WRU), the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in cases concerned with detention of foreign nationals in Iraq and asset freezing, the Privy Council (in a constitutional reference concerned with the removal from office of the Chief Justice of Gibraltar) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in cases concerned with international football transfers). Since 2006 members of chambers have also acted as Counsel to public inquiries in Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and Northern Ireland. A number of members of 20 Essex Street Chambers have been appointed to the Treasury Panels providing representation for the Crown in civil proceedings.

Members practising within this area: