|Date:||Tuesday 13 June 2017|
|Time:||2:00pm - 5:30pm|
|Venue:||Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ|
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On 13 June 2017, Garden Court Chambers’ Civil Liberties and Human Rights Team will hold a half-day conference on bringing damages claims against a range of public bodies.
Our barristers will share their experience of winning tactics to pursue and pitfalls to avoid, drawing on novel and innovative points of law and their experience of test case and group litigation. We will examine the significance and potential impact of all the latest developments in this area of law.
Our barrister speakers are drawn from the four specialist areas of our Civil Liberties & Human Rights Team:
- Claims against the police and public authorities
- Immigration detention civil claims
- Inquests and inquiries
- Prisoners’ rights
14:00 - 14:15 Introduction and chair for the day
Maya Sikand, Head of the Civil Liberties & Human Rights Team
This session will examine key issues of forum, state responsibility and non-delegable duties to third party contractors, as well as nominal versus compensatory damages in private law claims. Speakers will share their experience of test case and group litigation, focusing on legal principles, strategy and practice, particularly when pursuing claims against the Home Office.
This session will assess the impact of recent developments in case law on positive obligations under the ECHR Articles 2, 3, and 4. Speakers will review the relevant authorities and examine themes, challenges, and potential opportunities, providing delegates with practical tools to address a topic which increasingly arises in practice.
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
This session will examine the key torts in this area (negligence, unlawful detention, assault, misfeasance) focussing on recent case law, tactics and pitfalls. It will also examine the value a Human Rights Act 1998 claim can add, particularly where systemic failure has been alleged.
Our speakers will identify and examine how to access and effectively use remedies provided by Ombudsmen in different jurisdictions, to advance your clients interests. In particular they will look at how an Ombudsman and complaints process can be used in public law proceedings either as an alternative remedy or within proceedings. They will also identify how the new public service Ombudsman is proposed to be used.
16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break
The torts of misfeasance in public office and malicious prosecution will be considered in this session, including how they have developed over time, together with analysis of the elements required to prove them. Our speakers will explain the significance and potential impact of recent case law in this area from the QBD and Court of Appeal.
17:15 - 17:30 Conclusions: Drawing the threads together
Stephanie Harrison QC
17:30 - Drinks reception
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