The right to protest is a fundamental part of democracy. The Human Rights Act 1998 guarantees the right to freedom of assembly (or freedom of association) and the right to freedom of expression. There are also common law and statutory constraints on police powers in protest situations.
Hodge Jones & Allen is one of the leading law firms in the UK specialising in defending the right to protest (Chambers 2016). Our passionate and committed Civil Liberties team – which works closely with our renowned Public Order/Criminal law team – have extensive experience in bringing and winning difficult, controversial and high profile cases, and we are dedicated to defending the right to protest against injustice. By working collaboratively with the Public Order team at Hodge Jones & Allen, we can offer a seamless and comprehensive level of service unmatched by many other law firms.
Our cases in recent years include:
We have been highly successfully in obtaining apologies, compensation and changes to police practice through disciplinary and civil actions against the police.
Many of our lawyers have been involved in campaigning themselves – on green issues, on anti-racism, or against public sector cuts. Most importantly, we treasure and value the right to free speech and ensure that our lawyers fight for that right.
If you have a potential claim, it is important that you do not delay and you contact us as soon as possible. There are various different deadlines for different causes of action, but for example, civil claims for compensation for a breach of human rights must be issued at court within 1 year. Too make sure evidence is collected and the case is properly prepared, the sooner you contact us, the better. However, if you think you might be out of time, don’t let this stop you from calling us – we will advise you if this is a problem, and if we can take your case on, we will fight to get your claim heard however long ago it was.
Our right to protest specialists are part of our London based actions against police team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.