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; Steve Broach was Campaign Manager for the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign (EDCM); 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 QC
Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
Philip Moser QC
Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
Ben Emmerson CBE QC
Call: 1986  | Silk: 2000
Jon Turner QC
Call: 1988  | Silk: 2006
Ian Wise QC
Call: 1992  | Silk: 2010
Daniel Beard QC
Call: 1996  | Silk: 2011
Kassie Smith QC
Call: 1995  | Silk: 2013
Ian Rogers QC
Call: 1995  | Silk: 2014
George Peretz QC
Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
Gerry Facenna QC
Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
Robert Palmer QC
Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
Peter Mantle
Call: 1989
Ben Rayment
Call: 1996
Eric Metcalfe
Call: 1999
Piers Gardner
Call: 2000
Julian Gregory
Call: 2000
Anneli Howard
Call: 2002
Alan Bates
Call: 2003
Ben Lask
Call: 2003
Brendan McGurk
Call: 2004
Drew Holiner
Call: 2005
Conor McCarthy
Call: 2010
David Gregory
Call: 2014
Jack Williams
Call: 2015
Imogen Proud
Call: 2015
Will Perry
Call: 2018
Jeremy McBride
Call: 2004
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