Breakfast with Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

  • When: February 22, 2018 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Where: DWF LLP, 2 Hardman Street, Hardman St, Manchester M3 3AA
  • Summary: Manchester Law Society proudly present breakfast with Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, the UK’s oldest human rights organisation.
  • Details:

    8.00am – 8.30am Registration & Refreshments

    8.30am – 8.40am Introduction by Mike Devlin, President of Manchester Law Society

    8.40am – 9.25am Martha speaks/Q&A

    9.25am – 10.00am Networking

    Founded by way of a letter to the Manchester Guardian in 1934, Liberty’s work is never far from the headlines. Liberty is entirely independent.  They are not affiliated with any political party and they receive no Government funding – which means they are free to fearlessly and robustly criticise Government policy and truly hold the powerful to account.

    Whether undertaking ground-breaking test case litigation or high profile public campaigns, parliamentary work, policy analysis or the provision of free advice and information the organisation’s underlying motivation remains the belief that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect and promote these values as the foundations of a democratic society.

    Martha is a human rights barrister. Before joining Liberty, she specialised in defending access to justice, challenging state failures and fighting for the rights of women, children and disabled people.

    She has worked with bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who have been failed by the police, and protestors and journalists whose freedoms have been under attack.

    Martha was previously judicial assistant to Lord Justice Maurice Kay, Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal. She then became a lawyer at Mind and moved on to the Public Law Project and she has written books about human rights, policing and disability rights.

    She is a founding member of the Mental Health in Detention Action Group, an advisory board member of Halsbury’s Laws and a trustee of Medical Justice and the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law.

    Martha joined Liberty because she wanted to be part of a team of passionate, principled people using their diverse skills to hold the powerful to account and stand up for people’s rights. Litigation is only part of the answer –and she loves being part of an ambitious campaigning organisation that has many different tools for achieving change.

    This event, open to members, their colleagues and clients, is kindly being hosted by DWF LLP, 2 Hardman Street, Hardman St, Manchester M3 3AA and is FREE OF CHARGE but numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

    To book your place on the event please email Hollie Hirst, “First Come – First Served!”



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