Deighton Pierce Glynn is one of the leading civil rights and judicial review law firms in the UK.

Operating from offices in London and Bristol, we have nine core areas of practice detailed on the expertise pages of this website. Our staff are some of the very best people in the UK working in those practice areas. We are adept at conducting high-profile test cases and related campaigning work for individuals and organisations. We are equally committed to conducting less high-profile but no less important work for our clients, including cases which are highly confidential. We have acted in numerous leading cases up to and including the Supreme Court as well as the European Court of Human Rights.

Offering a high level of client care is an essential part of how we work. We are renowned for our commitment to our clients and for our skilful and determined use of the law to achieve their objectives. As a result we receive excellent client feedback, so much so that most of our work now comes from word-of-mouth referrals whether from former clients, the NGOs and charities we work with, or from other lawyers.

Our reputation for excellence is recognised year-on-year by the Chambers and Legal 500 independent directories who obtain confidential feedback from our clients, those with whom we work, and our opponents. For example:

Chambers Legal Directory, 2021

Administrative & Public Law – UK-wide: “Frequently involved in bringing high-profile challenges to the UK government’s domestic and foreign policy on behalf of claimants. Notable emphasis on public law cases that intersect with equality, human rights and EU law. Has achieved significant results on behalf of victims of trafficking, immigration detainees and individuals affected by cuts to welfare benefits. Also acts on behalf of disability campaign groups to challenge cuts to healthcare access. Recent notable work includes challenges to UK surveillance policy.”

Civil Liberties & Human Rights – UK-wide: Demonstrates a highly varied portfolio of claimant-focused work, ranging from the claiming of damages as a result of national security-related human rights infractions, to immigration detention and trafficking cases. The firm’s client base includes activists, NGOs and migrants. Offers capability in taking on cases funded by alternative sources including crowdfunding. Also handles cases and proceedings under the Equality Act concerning discrimination.

Police Law – UK-wide: Accomplished police actions team with a strong reputation for championing women’s rights and acting for claimants facing discrimination. Regularly acts on gendered forms of violence, such as domestic abuse. Advises on cases of deaths following police contact.

Social housing – UK wide: Highly respected team with a broad spread of public law and social housing expertise. Regularly undertakes cases on behalf of homeless applicants, as well as migrants and asylum seekers. Extensive expertise in possession claims and complicated judicial reviews. Adept at working with disabled clients and those who lack capacity

Legal 500 Directory, 2021

Administrative and public law: “Deighton Pierce Glynn’s ‘passionate and extremely knowledgeable’ team is well known for representing individuals and charities in highly sensitive judicial reviews and inquiries, covering the government’s handling of the pandemic, Home Office policy and practices, and safeguarding issues.

Civil liberties and human rights: “Deighton Pierce Glynn fields a ‘brilliant team of talented lawyers who have a broad and deep understanding of civil liberties and human rights claims, including administrative and civil law‘. The firm specialises in acting for detainees who have a mental or physical illness or disability, children, victims of trafficking or torture and those who have been detained for very long periods or are from a European Union state or a country where removal is difficult. Other strengths include representing families at inquests whose relatives have died in prison and police custody, securing release from detention in immigration removal centres and prisons under immigration powers, and helping victims of modern slavery.

Social Housing: Tenant: “Deighton Pierce Glynn handles all types of social housing issues on behalf of tenants, including judicial review claims, High Court service charge disputes and County Court homelessness appeals and possession claims. Also notable is that the team has built up a strong reputation for undertaking housing litigation on behalf of migrants, as well as the travelling community, with several legal challenges recently resulting in policy changes at the Home Office.”

Legal 500 Directory, 2020

Administrative and public law: “The ‘exceptional’ Deighton Pierce Glynn is at the forefront of a number of key contemporary public law matters, acting in highly publicised judicial review claims with an emphasis on human rights… Ongoing claims include challenges to the government’s treatment of immigration detainees, representation of victims of trafficking, challenges to the government’s surveillance programme and an intervention concerning the Home Office’s treatment of rough sleepers.”

Civil liberties and human rights: “Deighton Pierce Glynn has ‘in-depth knowledge of civil liberties and human rights law’ and handles a wide range of matters related to actions against the police, immigration and high-profile inquiries.”