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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

14/05/2021

Diplomatic immunity and human rights

London Borough of Barnet v The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Affairs [2021] EWHC 1253 (Fam)

 

The Family Division of the High Court has handed down a significant judgment concerning the interaction between the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the European Convention on Human Rights.

A local authority sought a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998, contending that that certain provisions of the Vienna Convention were incompatible with Articles 3 and 6 of the ECHR, insofar as they prevented a court from hearing or deciding an application for protective measures to be taken in respect of children of members of a diplomatic mission. The Divisional Court dismissed the application.

Belinda McRae was instructed by the Government Legal Department for the Secretary of State, alongside Sir James Eadie QC (Blackstone Chambers), Professor Vaughan Lowe QC (Essex Court Chambers), Joanne Clement (11 KBW) and Jason Pobjoy (Blackstone Chambers).

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