Garden Court barristers appointed as panel counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Garden Court Chambers is proud to announce that four of its barristers have been appointed as legal counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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They will support the Commission’s advisory, regulatory and enforcement work across the equality and human rights spheres as it implements its litigation policy. The panel members from Garden Court Chambers are:

Stephanie Harrison QC has expertise in claims arising from unlawful detention, official misconduct, discrimination and minority rights. She is also a leading practitioner in judicial review challenges to the lawfulness of policy and practice in the treatment and detention of vulnerable adults, families and children.

Marc Willers QC is a public law and human rights barrister who specialises in representing Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, and tackling the inequalities and discrimination they face in the UK and Europe.

Shu Shin Luh is an experienced public law practitioner whose practice covers the full range of social welfare law, her clients ranging from lone children, care leavers, families with disabled parents or children and vulnerable, mentally ill or incapacitated adults. She has recognised expertise in representing victims of trafficking in the full range of issues regarding their immigration and support matters. She has advised the EHRC and other organisations on matters relating to trafficked victims and the Modern Slavery Bill.

Bethan Harris is an experienced practitioner in community care law, social housing law and health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection. She recently appeared in one of the leading cases concerning deprivation of liberty and Art 5 ECHR in the social care context.

Some of the relevant considerations in deciding whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission should engage in litigation include whether and to what extent the issue has the potential to help prevent a breach of human rights law or of the Equality Act 2010 by setting a precedent or by raising public interest concerns.

Commission Chief Legal Officer, Rebecca Hilsenrath said:

“The Commission promotes and enforces the laws that protect everyone’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect and we are very much looking forward to working to that end with our new panel of legal counsel. The panel was appointed as a result of a robust, transparent and highly competitive process, and will provide a key resource of expertise in equality and human rights law”.

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