6KBW College Hill leads the field in public and civil law matters which touch on the criminal justice system.
We are highly experienced in cases concerning national security, terrorism, policing and prisons, prosecutorial decisions, immigration, inquests and public inquiries. Our members have particular expertise in the application of EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
We regularly act for both claimants (individuals and corporates) and defendant public authorities. Our work includes:
- Prosecutorial decisions and criminal investigations
- Information rights cases
- The exercise of police powers
- Immigration and national security decisions
- Prison policies and decisions
EU and ECHR
We act in many of the most significant cases concerning the criminal justice system heard before the European Court of Human Rights. We also act in many of the landmark domestic cases involving ECHR matters.
6KBW College Hill has been at the forefront of developments in EU law in criminal practice, with a substantial number of members contributing to the sole practitioner text in this growing area: EU Law in Criminal Practice (Oxford University Press).
In recent years we have developed a successful practice in civil litigation and dispute resolution, acting for individuals, corporates and government agencies in cases involving the criminal justice system. Our work has included:
- Acting for the SFO in the £300 million damages claim brought by the Tchenguiz brothers
- Acting for HM Treasury in relation to the Bank Mellat damages claim
Police and prison law
Our members are frequently instructed in cases concerning police and prison law. We provide advice and representation in matters concerning the conduct of the police and exercise of police powers, both for defendant police forces and claimants. Our members assist in relation to the full spectrum of decisions taken in the prison context, including:
- The welfare of prisoners
- Parole board hearings
- The release and recall of prisoners
Inquests and Inquiries
We regularly act for private individuals, businesses, state agencies and government agencies in inquests and public inquiries. Our members are able to advise and assist on all aspects of pre- and post-inquest work, as well as providing representation in court. Some of our more recent work includes:
- The Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing
- The Litvinenko Inquest and Inquiry
- The Inquest into the death of Jean-Charles de Menezes
- The Inquest into the death of Mark Saunders
Our experience of matters concerning professional discipline is extensive. We are regularly instructed cases involving:
- Healthcare professionals
- Lawyers and legal advisers
- Financial services professionals
Our work includes providing advice and representation before tribunals, on appeal, and related applications.