Every Year, more and more claims are brought under the Human Rights Act 1998.


Bellamy Forde
Bellamy Forde
Partner & Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation

Every Year, more and more claims are brought under the Human Rights Act 1998. The Act brought into law a number of protections afforded to individuals by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The rights contained with ECHR are called ‘Articles’ and cover what we consider today be fundamental protections.

Human Rights Act claims are very fact specific and our specialist Human Rights Act team are expert at assessing whether or not you may have a viable claim.

Rights and Freedoms under The Act

The Human Rights Act covers a broad range of rights and freedoms including:

  • Article 2 – Right to life
  • Article 3 -  Prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment
  • Article 4 – Prohibition of slavery and forced labour
  • Article 5 – Right to liberty and security
  • Article 6 – Right to a fair trial
  • Article 7 – No punishment without law
  • Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life
  • Article 14 – Prohibition of discrimination
  • Article 17 – Prohibition of abuse of rights

Real World Examples of Claims

A human rights claim can arise in a number of different ways and just a few examples of the types of cases we are presently dealing with under the Human Rights Act 1998 include:

  • claims against the police for falling to investigate properly, or at all
  • an individual’s complaint of harassment from a neighbour
  • claims against local authorities for not looking after vulnerable children and children in need
  • claims against public authorities for releasing false information to other organisations resulting in a breach of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life)
  • claims against public authorities for not ensuring access to relevant medical treatment (for physical or mental injuries).

Act Quickly To Avoid The 1 Year Time Limit 

A one year deadline exists in which to bring a claim to Court and individuals must act quickly if they believe that their human rights have been breached.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including victims of Human Rights abuse.

If you believe that your Human Rights have been breached and you wish to discuss your case with one of our Human Rights Team, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

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