• Public Law & Civil Liberties

Public Law & Civil Liberties

Strong and Supportive Representation

Ison Harrison's Public Law and Civil Liberties Department, which is headed by Erica Restall, who deals mainly with claims for compensation and for judicial review involving local authorities, police forces and central government departments.

The department deals with cases before Coroners, County and High Courts, the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. They are experts in covering a wide range of issues including: the rights of children, women, protesters, refugees, prisoners, the exercise of police powers and deaths in custody.

We specialise in:

  • Actions against the police 
  • Action against other arms of the state 
  • Action against corporate bodies 

We take action through:

  • Judicial Review 
  • Claims for Compensation 
  • Defending those subject to protest injunction proceedings

Contact Us

Contact Erica Restall or a member of the Civil law team for free advice. 

  • Some of our recent cases

    • Grant v the United Kingdom (08/01/09) European Court of Human Rights

    Deportation of foreign national prisoners and family rights under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    • Iqbal v Prison Officers' Association [2009] EWCA Civ 1310

    Initially successful false imprisonment claim by a prisoner against the Prison Officers Association. Overturned on appeal.

    • RG v West Yorkshire Police and DPP [2008] EWCA Civ 28

    Illegality of detention in a police station pending charging decision by CPS. As a result of this success we were able to pursue a large number of claims for damages against the police for those unlawfully detained.

    • S v DPP [2008] EWHC 438 (Admin)

    Public order offence by defendant animal rights activist posting photograph on the internet.

    • Leeds City Council v RG [2007] EWHC 1612 (Admin)

    Magistrates power to vary an anti social behaviour order by extending its duration.

    • Leeds City Council and Others v Channel 4 Television Corporation [2007] 1FLR 678

    Filming of children in schools surreptitiously – rights to privacy and free speech, duty of confidentiality.

    The department works closely with other departments in the firm particularly the criminal , prison law, immigration and clinical negligence teams.

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