Political Litigation

Political Litigation

With a long history of involvement in public causes and legal affairs, public advocacy is part of Mishcon de Reya's DNA.

The firm's founder, Lord Mishcon, a renowned lawyer and member of Labour’s front bench in the House of Lords, made his mark in international and domestic affairs, as a trusted emissary during the first informal conversations that resulted in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty of 1994; in Parliament, as an incisive spokesman on legal affairs and public causes; and as a lawyer through the wise counsel he offered his clients.

We continue this tradition of guiding, advising and supporting our clients in navigating a constantly changing political landscape. The work we do has led to us building connections in government, with policy makers, political parties and activists. This extensive network means that we have the ability to identify practical and inventive solutions to help our clients navigate the issues they face.

As a firm, we are politically independent and therefore do not take a political position.

Our work

The work we do encompasses issues of policy in political parties, challenging governmental organisations in the UK and abroad, upholding the UK's constitution, human rights, challenging regulators, defending those who are the subject of politically motivated persecution and holding state authorities to account. Areas that we cover include:

This includes advising members of various political parties who have been unreasonably targeted for sanction or abuse by their party or others.

We have extensive experience of defending politically motivated extradition requests, making applications for political asylum and responding to wider campaigns of persecution. We understand that such campaigns can often involve attempts to engender psychological, financial or reputational pressure on requested persons and their families. We work with our clients to ensure that they have a comprehensive strategy in place to deal with any form that the persecution may take.

Constantly changing values in society have meant that some people have been criticised by regulators for matters that had been seen as acceptable for many years. We help our clients navigate this changing landscape and protect their reputation where they find themselves at the wrong end of societal shifts. We also advise regulators to ensure that they keep up with the social shifts as they occur.

Acting for individuals or non-governmental organisations, we will challenge the government where executive action has been used in such a way as to cause risk to the life and well-being of individuals or where it removes people's rights.

We are experienced in helping those who are seeking to input into policy, engage with government decision makers or change the law. Navigating the world of Westminster, Whitehall, the plethora of public bodies and the media, our success in this area is because we know how to make the right arguments, to the right people at the right time. Our approach is to generate an evidence base using economic, consumer and political research as a platform for engagement with the media, government, regulators and the wider policy community.

We have extensive experience in Human Rights law, acting for individuals or groups from many jurisdictions whose human rights have been breached or are at risk of being breached.

R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and R (Miller) v The Prime Minister are widely considered to be the most important constitutional law cases in over 300 years. They exposed the low level of public understanding about how our system of government works and what principles like Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Rule of Law mean.

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