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Human rights compensation claims

All public authorities have duties and responsibilities under the Human Rights Act 1998.

If a public authority acts in a way which causes you loss or injury then a compensation claim may exist under the Human Rights Act 1998 but it is important to act quickly, as you only have a period of 12 months from the date of the breach to issue court proceedings, failing which your claim will be out of time.

These rights include:

  • The right to life
  • The right to not be tortured or subjected to inhumane or degrading treatment
  • The right not to be subject to slavery or forced labour
  • The right to liberty and security
  • The right to a fair trial
  • The right to not be punished without law
  • The right to respect for a private and family life
  • The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • The right to freedom of expression
  • The right to freedom of assembly and association

Examples of the Police breaching human rights:

  • Unlawful detention
  • Withholding evidence
  • Causing the death of a member of your family

Examples of other public bodies breaching human rights:

  • Having personal data/information about you disclosed to a third party without lawful excuse
  • Unlawful deprivation of your liberty
  • Restricting your right to family life
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Funding your claim

We offer competitive private funding rates and routinely act for clients who pay privately. We are proud of the service we offer to our clients. We are also a practice that has the benefit of a legal aid franchise and as such, are able to act for the most vulnerable clients, free of charge.

On occasions, we may act for you under a no win, no fee agreement.  Please look at our funding page for more information about the various options for funding your case.

How we will assess your case - breach of human rights

Our team are experts in bringing civil compensation claims against all types of public authorities and our services are in very high demand.  Our experts assess every one of the hundreds of enquiries that we receive each month and our case review panel decides which ones we are able to accept based on the prospects of success of each case and our capacity to deal with it. They will also decide which of the various funding options we can offer.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to accept every case that we’re contacted about and we have to reject many of the enquiries we receive. In order for us to properly assess your enquiry we will require some basic details, such as your name and contact email as well as some basic information about your case. Providing us with these details is not a guarantee that we will accept your case. 

You will be notified by email about whether your case has been accepted or not but we do not provide reasons if we decide to reject it.

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