The barrister and human rights campaigner Martha Spurrier is to be successful Shami Chakrabarti as the director of Liberty.

Spurrier, 30, who specializes in claims against jails, the police and health authorities, has actually belonged to Doughty Street Chambers in London for the past three years.

Welcoming her appointment, Frances Butler, chair of Liberty, stated: Martha Spurrier shone out in a competitive field as our unanimous choice to lead Liberty into the next phase of its pleased history.

She is a compelling and brave campaigner with energy, gravitas, an excellent mind and a fast wit. We are positive that, under Martha s leadership, Liberty will remain to intensely and successfully champion all our rights and freedoms.


Spurrier, who studied history at Cambridge University, just recently assisted to organize a prominent poster project versus government propositions to ditch the Human Rights Act. She has actually opposed cuts to legal help.

It’s a big privilege to sign up with an organization I’ve admired and promoted for so long, Spurrier said. Liberty is a dynamic, dauntless and unshakably principled force in the fight to protect our rights and flexibilities. It has been fearlessly facing state power for more than eight 10 years and its work is needed now more than ever.

In this busy, complicated, digital world, the battle to safeguard our human rights faces new frontiers. Liberty needs to continue to shine a light on abuses of power and secure equality, dignity and fairness in our society. I look forward to joining Liberty`s formidable staff and members to handle these challenges in the pivotal months and years to come.

Prior to joining Doughty Street, she worked as in-house counsel at the mental health charity, Mind, and the Public Law Project. In 2012, she served a six-month accessory as judicial assistant to Lord Justice Maurice Kay, vice-president of the civil division of the court of appeal.

Spurrier survives on a houseboat moored on a canal in London. She is due to wed a fellow barrister at Doughty Street, Jesse Nicholls, later on and this summertime. She has worked as a night lawyer for the Guardian.

Liberty was established in 1934 in reaction to appetite marches. The organization is currently warring the investigatory powers costs, fighting to preserve the Human Rights Act, and is important of the government`s policing, migration detention and asylum policies, which it states threaten race relations and do not have empathy.

Chakrabarti stated: I am pleased to be succeeded by such a brilliant young barrister a woman so efficient in taking her advocacy from our highest courts to the nation`s hearts.

With numerous threats to refugee defense, online privacy and even our Human Rights Act, Liberty was never more needed, nor its leadership ever in much better hands.

Spurrier begins at the end of May. Chakrabarti, who returns to practice law as a barrister leaves Liberty today. She had actually promised to stay in post up until her successor was picked.

In an associated development, civil liberties groups, legal organizations and charities have signed a letter to the Guardian contacting the Ministry of Justice to satisfy its pledge to review the effect of legal help cuts on access to justice.

The letter states: The government has actually repeatedly said they will carry out a testimonial to assess the full impact of the legal aid changes after three years. Today we contact ministers to satisfy this commitment at the earliest opportunity. We believe it is important for government to ensure nobody is denied access to justice based upon their capability to pay.

Arranged by Jo Edwards, the lawyer chair of Resolution, which represents family lawyers, the letter warns that the intro of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act has actually deprived numerous susceptible people of representation in court and the capability to acquire remedy.

Amongst those who have promoted the call are Chantal-Aim e Doerries QC, chair of the Bar Council, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, Fiona Weir, president of Gingerbread, Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, Julie Bishop, director of the Law Centres Federation, and Steve Hynes, director of the Legal Action Group.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson, said: Our legal aid system is still among the most charitable worldwide. In 2014 we invested 1.6 bn on legal help, almost a quarter of our departmental budget plan. We have actually made certain legal help continues to be available in the highest top priority cases, for instance where individuals s life or liberty is at stake, where they face the loss of their home, in domestic violence cases or where their children may be taken into care.

As we have already explained, we are committed to having a review of the legal aid reforms in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.

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