'Lawyers for Liberty' human rights law network launched

More than 50 lawyers from leading chambers and firms that specialise in human rights attended the launch last week of human rights network Lawyers for Liberty, which formalises Liberty's links with lawyers.

Bar Council Chair Robert Owen QC, Lord Browne-Wilkinson, and Law Society president Tony Girling all spoke to endorse the initiative.

The founding members of Lawyers for Liberty include Sir Ivan Lawrence, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, Michael Mansfield QC, Martyn Day, of Leigh Day & Co, and Laura Cox QC.

Those attending the launch also included representatives from City firms.

Lawyers for Liberty will provide a network of solicitors, barristers, academics, in-house lawyers and students who want to become involved in civil liberties and human rights work.

Browne-Wilkinson, who recently reminded peers in the House of Lords, during the passage of the Police Bill through Parliament, that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance”, said: “Liberty is a monitor of parliamentary activity. Civil liberties and human rights are not matters for lawyers alone. People have to realise that their freedoms can be curtailed.”

And Robert Owen QC added: “Lawyers for Liberty will coordinate the support that barristers and solicitors have provided in kind and financially.”