Civil liberties & human rights

Monckton Chambers has been at the heart of an enormous growth, in the last decades, in human rights litigation, both in our domestic courts and in the European courts before the General Court of the European Communities, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and before international tribunals.

As well as protecting the rights of individuals, human rights law plays an increasingly important role within Chambers’ core areas of commercial and regulatory litigation and Chambers has particular expertise in the protection of commercial interests through international human rights proceedings.

There has been a significant increase in domestic human rights cases, particularly in police law, abuse of authority cases, social and health care, disability discrimination, mental health and information law. There is also an increase in cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights.

A particular strength of Monckton Chambers is the overlap between commercial and regulatory litigation and that of human rights, as well as the protection of commercial interests through international human rights proceedings. More generally, the human rights expertise of Monckton Chambers forms an essential part of its public law practice, covering such wide-ranging areas as fair trial rights, privacy and data protection, freedom of information and freedom of expression, asylum and immigration, the right to property, and equality and non-discrimination.

Monckton Chambers can also a significant number of members with previous careers in the forefront of Human Rights and Civil Liberties: Eric Metcalf was the Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE; Nikolaus Grubeck worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Sudan; Gerry Facenna was also at JUSTICE, and he was a founding member on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.

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    Civil liberties & human rights barristers

    Tim Ward KC
    Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
    Philip Moser KC
    Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
    Jon Turner KC
    Call: 1988  | Silk: 2006
    Ian Wise KC
    Call: 1992  | Silk: 2010
    Daniel Beard KC
    Call: 1996  | Silk: 2011
    Ian Rogers KC
    Call: 1995  | Silk: 2014
    George Peretz KC
    Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
    Gerry Facenna KC
    Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
    Robert Palmer KC
    Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
    Anneli Howard KC
    Call: 2002  | Silk: 2021
    Ben Lask KC
    Call: 2003  | Silk: 2023
    Brendan McGurk KC
    Call: 2004  | Silk: 2024
    Ewan West KC
    Call: 2006  | Silk: 2024
    Peter Mantle
    Call: 1989
    Ben Rayment
    Call: 1996
    Eric Metcalfe
    Call: 1999
    Piers Gardner
    Call: 2000
    Alan Bates
    Call: 2003
    Drew Holiner
    Call: 2005
    Conor McCarthy
    Call: 2010
    David Gregory
    Call: 2014
    Jack Williams
    Call: 2015
    Imogen Proud
    Call: 2015
    Ciar McAndrew
    Call: 2016
    Harry Gillow
    Call: 2017
    Will Perry
    Call: 2018
    Jenn Lawrence
    Call: 2021
    Natalie Nguyen
    Call: 2021
    Hugh Whelan
    Call: 2022
    Jeremy McBride
    Call: 2004