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July 12, 2022

King & Spalding Supports JUSTICE Working Party On Hybrid Orders

A multi-office King & Spalding team is providing pro bono assistance to the UK’s leading human rights charity JUSTICE on its examination of the function and enforcement of Hybrid Orders.

Hybrid Orders are civil orders that seek to restrict a person’s behaviour to prevent them from carrying out a form of unwanted conduct. There are numerous hybrid orders aimed at controlling ‘anti-social behaviour’(Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions, Dispersal Orders, Public Space Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices) as well as those emerging in new areas, including in relation to:

– Gender-based violence (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders, Domestic Violence Prevention Notices, Stalking Protection Orders, Forced Marriage Protection Orders)

– Serious and violent offending (Gang Injunctions, Knife Crime Prevention Orders, Serious Violence Reduction Orders)

– Sexual misconduct (Sexual Risk Orders), amongst others.

JUSTICE established a Working Party to look at the way hybrid orders operate in practice. In particular, the Working Party will explore whether hybrid orders are issued and enforced in a fair and consistent manner that respects human rights and whether they are effective in achieving those legitimate purposes. More details can be found here.

King & Spalding is supporting the Working Party, with London counsel Peter Hood also sitting as a member. Other lawyers providing international advice include Louisa Salmon (London), Ivan Pico and Melanie Perez (Brussels), Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel (Geneva), Sarah Primrose (Atlanta), Joel Ng (Singapore), Daisuke Shimodaira (Tokyo) and Kateryna Frolova (Dubai).

The Hybrid Order work follows earlier pro bono advice for JUSTICE from the firm, notably advising on its response to UK’s proposed reform of the Human Rights Act. The UK Government’s response to the consultation was published on 12 July.

Partner Ruth Byrne heads the firm’s wider pro bono collaboration with JUSTICE.

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