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Trans Rights are human rights

Samuel Steggall

Posted by Samuel Steggall | Paralegal
On 15th January 2021

With the recent step forwards for gender equality and a new year coming in it seems a fitting time to consider how far English law has come in regard to establishing equal rights and to consider and highlight where, as housing lawyers, we need to see some change.

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Human Rights Day: The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on human rights

Hermione Cox

Posted by Hermione Cox | Trainee
On 10th December 2020

This has been one of the most significant years for human rights globally in living memory. The pandemic has brought inequalities into sharp focus and further entrenched them. It is against this backdrop that the government has spoken out increasingly against ‘activist lawyers’ and launched reviews of the Human Rights Act 1998 and other mechanisms for challenging state decisions. The role of human rights in holding the state to account has never been more crucial. The government must have proper regard for human rights in its continued response to the pandemic and the recovery from it in the years to come.

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The forgotten population – making sure vulnerable persons in prison don’t slip through the net

Gimhani Eriyagolla

Posted by Gimhani Eriyagolla | Solicitor
On 29th September 2020

As we adjust to the new restrictions on movement following the national lockdown, it is worth remembering that many vulnerable people remain in long term confinement and are reliant on the state for their care and well-being needs. Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors recently represented the family of a very vulnerable young man, Mr B, who died by suicide whilst in prison.

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Track and Trace – how safe is our personal data?

Sasha Barton

Posted by Sasha Barton | Partner
On 4th August 2020

We have been told repeatedly that the only way to ease the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions safely is to have a workable contact tracing system in place, ensuring that those showing symptoms are swiftly identified and those who have been in contact with them alerted, thereby ensuring that the virus does not again start to spread exponentially.

No one can dispute that a workable Test and Trace system is imperative and urgent. But any system must be designed and implemented in a way which protects our right to privacy.

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