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Public Order Offences

Some of the primary legislation

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
Crime and Disorder Act 1998
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Public Order Act 1986

Some of our recent notable cases

R v Charlie Gilmour (2011)
Represented the son of the Pink Floyd guitarist who pleaded guilty to violent disorder during the student protest in Central London on 10 December 2010.
[2011] EWCA Crim 2458 28/10/2011
David Spens QC

Heathrow Airport Ltd & ors v Joss Garman & ors (2007) (no link available)
Airports claim to an injunction against protest activity was rejected against all but one of the groups involved.
[2007] EWHC 6/8/07
Stephen Simblet & Stephanie Harrison

R v Milan Rai (2006)
Compatability of SOCPA 2005 with Art 10 and 11.
[2006] EWHC 3209 (Admin) 20/12/2006
Maya Sikand was instructed by Liberty in the lower court.

University of Oxford v Broughton and Others (2006)
Restrictions placed on animal activists and the right to legitimate protest – articles 10 and 11 of the ECHR
[2006] EWHC 1233 26/5/06
Marc Willers

Westminster City Council v Brian Haw (2002) (no link)
[2002] EWHC 2073 4/10/02
Emma Favata

Director of Public Prosecutions v Jones (2002) (no link)
Right to protest and public order notices
[2002] EWHC 110 (Admin) 22/1/02
Keir Monteith

Percy v DPP (2001) (no link)
Political protest and freedom of expression
[2001] EWHC Admin 1125 21/12/01
Rajiv Menon

Useful links

The Protest Handbook (2012) by Anna Morris, Tom Wainwright, Katharine Craig and Owen Greenhall

Protest Handbook
CPS Legal Guidance on Public Order and Damages to Property Offences
Liberty Guide to Public Order Law and Right to Peaceful Protest
Your Rights: Police Powers of Arrest