It was just over 60 years ago that the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) was signed in Rome, on 4 Nov 1950.
The Convention was drafted by the nations of the Council of Europe with significant impetus and drafting input from British lawyers in the aftermath of World War II. The Council of Europe was founded to defend human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law.
Bindmans LLP, specialists in human rights law, as well as personal injury, clinical negligence and
Stephen Grosz, head of the Public Law and Human Rights team at the leading civil rights law firm Bindmans LLP says: “The Convention allows people who consider that their rights have been violated by a state party (a national government) and who cannot get a remedy at the national level to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.”
Bindmans was founded in 1974 by a small group of solicitors specialising in civil liberties and the rights of the individual and these concerns have remained at the heart of the firm as it has grown. It has a reputation for being at the cutting edge of legal developments - particularly in relation to issues around human rights, discrimination and the powers of public authorities.
The firm has been involved in cases against the UK government and Turkey, France, Romania, Latvia, Hungary, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Current work includes human trafficking and access to court to bring proceedings in respect of allegations of torture.
Personal injury lawyers are expressing concern that Lord Young's recently published report 'Common Sense, Common Safety', produced following a review of health and safety laws and compensation claims in the UK, may restrict access to justice and funding for rehabilitation for those involved in serious injury claims.
The report, which was published on 15 October and has been accepted by the Government, aims to address the so called compensation culture. However, personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers have identified a range of shortcomings in its findings:
Philippa Luscombe, a partner in Penningtons' personal injury team, has analysed the report and gives expert commentary on its implications for those seeking compensation in this country.