James Welch
James is a solicitor and has been the Legal Director of Liberty since February 2000. Liberty is a campaigning organisation which seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights. Its legal department takes on strategic test cases to further the organisations campaigning aims.
Before coming to Liberty James was a partner at Alexander and Partners, a legal aid firm in Harlesden, North-west London.

Entries by James Welch

Why Today's Ruling on the Government's Snooping Law Is a Landmark Victory

(4) Comments | Posted 17 July 2015 | (14:52)

Last year, despite the shadow of the Snowden revelations looming large, the Coalition Government opted to pave the way for yet more unchecked surveillance, by rushing so-called "emergency" legislation into law inside a matter of days.

That law - the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act ("DRIPA", for short) -...

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Why Liberty, Tom Watson and David Davis Are Taking Legal Action Over DRIP

(3) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (17:13)

Earlier today in Parliament, we revealed our two newest legal clients - MPs David Davis and Tom Watson. We're representing this cross-party backbench duo in their legal fightback against the Government over its scandalous Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 - "DRIP", for short. We'll be seeking a Judicial...

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Cat Fights and Human Rights - Is the Home Office fit for Purpose?

(2) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (09:54)

"I'm not making this up," said the Home Secretary, as she regaled the Tory faithful with yet another folly of the Human Rights Act earlier today: an "illegal immigrant" could not be deported because he had a cat.

I'll be charitable and accept that this wasn't a...

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