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    Celebrating Human Rights Week

    The Law Society has organised a series of events during the Human Rights Week 2016.

    1 December 2016

    International Bar Association launch of the Business and Human Rights Reference Annex

    Notes of the Law Society president Robert Bourns' speech given at IBA launch event

    4 November 2016

    Criminal prosecutions of victims of trafficking

    This practice note outlines the main provisions of the relevant conventions and protocols and highlights the duty to enquire and, if necessary, investigate further, any credible claim that an individual has been a victim of trafficking.

    2 November 2016
    Practice note

    Law Society statement on human rights lawyers

    Statement from Law Society president Robert Bourns on the importance of human rights.

    5 October 2016
    Press release

    Derogating from ECHR shuts door to cases of genuine abuse

    Measures aimed at eliminating a small number of vexatious claims risk removing legitimate rights from people, including from our armed forces.

    4 October 2016
    Press release

    Report shows risks to independence of UK legal profession

    Read the response of Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon to IBA presidential taskforce

    23 September 2016
    Press release

    Human rights law and the military

    Law Society president Robert Bourns wrote to the Telegraph regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

    22 September 2016
    Letter to editor

    Business and human rights

    Robert Bourns discusses modern slavery and how law firms can advise clients on human rights.

    8 August 2016


    This practice note explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.

    13 January 2016
    Practice note

    Police interviews involving sign language interpreters

    PACE requires that police interviews with suspects are recorded. You must ensure that interviews with clients who require a sign language interpreter are video recorded. This practice provides advice on how to meet the requirement.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note
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