My HRA: Diane Blood

This week, the latest in our blog series on our new short films showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act focuses on mother-of-two Diane Blood. Her sons were born in miraculous circumstances after her husband’s death. When it came to getting him legally recognised as the boys’ father, the HRA came to the rescue.

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Liberty client wins legal fight for equal pension benefits

23 November 2012

Liberty client John Walker has won his legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his civil partner.

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In memory of Lord Bingham

Thanksgiving services are always moving, but I’ve never been to one quite like the service in Westminster Abbey for Tom Bingham last night. Among the enormous crowd were family, friends, royalty, politicians and judges, as well as a strong contingent of Liberty staff. The service gave a touching picture of his family life and love for music and literature, as well as the stellar judicial career we are more familiar with.

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>Our work

We are campaigners, lawyers and policy experts who work together to hold the powerful to account, protect rights and challenge abuse of power wherever we find it.

We give people information, advice and tools to defend their own rights and those of their family, friends and communities.

We do this through a combination of:



Challenging unjust laws, policies and practices

Whenever a new law, policy or practice threatens people’s rights or freedom – or offers a chance to end an injustice – we make sure those in power know what’s at stake and how they can take action.

We provide parliamentarians with detailed briefings on Bills going through Parliament, respond to government consultations and give expert written and oral evidence to parliamentary committees.

We meet regularly with frontbench and backbench MPs, peers and decision makers to make sure they always keep rights, freedom, dignity and equality in mind when making laws and policies.

Empowering and defending people and communities

We’re one of the only campaigning organisations in the UK that makes change by challenging injustice and defending our rights in the courts.

Our landmark cases help dismantle laws, policies and practices that violate people’s rights – and fight for justice for people who have been let down by those in power. We also provide free legal advice and information to members of the public.

We work closely with a diverse group of campaigners, grassroots organisations and people with first-hand experience of the issues we campaign on.

Influencing public policy and informing decision makers

We run campaigns to raise awareness of threats to our rights and influence national debate – and we inform decision makers and the public by speaking out in the press and on social media and publishing high-profile reports.

Our members and supporters all over the UK are at the heart of this work. By pressing their MPs to stand up for our rights, taking campaign actions and influencing our work at our annual members’ conference, they make our voice stronger and help us make real, lasting change.

Find out about our current campaigns and take action now

>Legal work

Liberty has been providing legal advice and supporting groundbreaking cases since 1934.

We’re one of the only campaigning organisations in the UK that makes change by challenging injustice and defending our rights in the courts.

Our landmark cases help dismantle laws, policies and practices that violate people’s rights – and fight for justice for people who have been let down by those in power.

Cases

We take on test cases – ones that will set a useful precedent others can follow.

Our ongoing cases include our major challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act – the Government’s surveillance law.

We also act as solicitors for people bringing, or sometimes defending, a case – such as Cardiff resident Ed Bridges, who we’re representing in his challenge to South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology.

Interventions

As well as acting as solicitors, we sometimes intervene in cases where we act for neither party.

As third-party interveners, we submit expert evidence in our own name to assist the court in deciding on a case.

Interventions are an increasingly important route by which we can seek to influence the development of the law.

Advice

We receive a large number of requests for legal representation – but we can only take up a very small proportion of these and focus our efforts on bringing test cases in key areas of law.

We offer the public free legal advice and information through our Advice Line – and we’re working on developing a new online legal advice system.