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Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights 1950, brought into English law by the Human Rights Act 1998, guarantees your most fundamental human rights, including the right to life, the right to freedom of expression and the right to liberty.

Hodge Jones & Allen is one of the leading law firms in the UK specialising in this area (Chambers 2016). Our passionate, energetic and committed team of civil liberties solicitors has extensive experience of bringing and winning difficult, controversial and high profile cases.

We are dedicated to fighting on your behalf to protect your basic human rights.

What is the human rights act?

The pages below set out the broad range of work we do in human rights law. Many cases can involve breaches of more than one of these rights, and defendants can include police forces, prisons, medical professionals, immigration officials or private companies acting on behalf of the State.

Our cases

We regularly represent bereaved families where a death has been caused by actions or failures by individuals working for the State.

It also includes actions against the police where they have breached fundamental rights, from:

Prisoners or those held in immigration detention have the right to be treated according to the law in exactly the same way as everyone else, and their voices often go unheard. We represent detainees where they have been detained unlawfully, which can include being detained for longer than the law allows, or where they have suffered mistreatment.

Human rights mean that everyone should be treated fairly, equally, and with dignity. They are based on fundamental ideas in English law; the rule of law, equality before the law and the basic liberty of every citizen.

We are driven by upholding these principles and fighting against oppression and injustice. Our reputation for taking on the toughest of adversaries is matched by our track record of success in securing compensation, apologies, admissions of wrongdoing, and policy changes to protect you and others from similar breaches of your rights in future.

Our Civil Liberties team is ranked as one of the top 10 firms in the UK for this area of law in Chambers UK 2016 and the Legal 500 2015.

Your next steps

To see if we can help you, please contact us on our free telephone number 0800 437 0080, or contact us via our website. All communications will be treated in confidence, even where you do not become our client. If we can take on your case, we will give you full details about costs, including advising you about the availability of legal aid and Conditional Fee or “no win, no fee” agreements.

If you might want us to investigate a claim for you, it is important that you do not delay and you contact us as soon as possible. The law requires that cases are started at court within specific timescales. For most civil claims for compensation for a breach of human rights, the claim must be issued at court within 1 year, but to 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 Human Rights Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of civil liberties solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.