At the heart of most work undertaken at Charter is a conflict between the State, its agencies and the individual.
Public law cases are those at the forefront of deciding where the balance between the interests of the State and the individual should lie. Litigation arising out of those actions can be multi-faceted and challenging, requiring considered advice and careful representation.
Charter provides advice and representation to a wide spectrum of clients before a number of different tribunals.
We have a longstanding commitment to enforcing individual rights and a strong track record in doing so, with members appearing in a number of jurisdictions up to and including the European Court of Human Rights. We are equally well positioned to act for local authorities, charities, NGOs or other bodies.
Charter has particular expertise in dealing with applications arising out of criminal, regulatory and prison law matters, extradition proceedings and inquests. This includes actions against the police.
Members include a former chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and the present Treasurer of Asylum Aid as well as an Attorney General’s Special Advocate.
Notable recent instructions include:
- Acting in sensitive proceedings in the High Court for a protestor against the Olympic Delivery Agency’s development on Leyton Marsh.
- Successfully defending individuals arrested whilst protesting against public sector cuts at Haringey Civic Centre.
- Appearing as a Special Advocate in the Court of Appeal in a case that was then referred to the European Court of Justice.
Charter’s current cases being considered for admissibility before the European Court of Human Rights include:
- Sellick and Sellick v United Kingdom (Murder convictions reliant on the hearsay provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003)
- Michael Sammon v United Kingdom (Firearms importations where Crown relied as part of their case on Crimewatch reconstruction)