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Freedom of Religion

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 freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

This includes the right to manifest religious beliefs, in worship, teaching, practice and observance, and this right can only be limited in specific circumstances.

If you believe your right to religious belief has been breached whilst in prison, immigration or police detention, or in another setting due to interference by the State, we may be able to bring a claim on your behalf to uphold your rights.

Hodge Jones & Allen is one of the leading law firms in the UK specialising in human rights cases (Chambers 2016). Our passionate and committed team of solicitors has vast experience in bringing and winning difficult, controversial and high profile cases, and we are dedicated to fighting on your behalf to protect your basic human rights.

Recent cases

Recent cases in which we have upheld our clients’ right to religious freedom include:

  • Cases in which prisoners were being denied kosher or halal food
  • Cases where prisoners were not being provided water to ritually wash before prayers.

We successfully fought for these individuals to be able to manifest their religious beliefs and secured their ability to observe their religion without unlawful discrimination by prison authorities.

Your next steps

To find out more and 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 on the availability of legal aid and Conditional Fee or “no win, no fee” agreements.

If you might want us to investigate a claim, 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. Most civil claims for compensation (for a breach of human rights) must be issued at court within one year, but to make sure evidence is collected and the case is properly prepared, the sooner you contact us, the better.

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.

Our freedom of religion specialists are part of our London based human rights 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.