Protecting property, brands, staff and customers.
Business assets include property, the brand, staff, customers and the ‘goodwill’ of the business and these assets need to be protected from the threat of protest, demonstrations and campaigns.
We are one of the leading firms assisting clients with protecting their assets from protestors including the misuse of land, trespass, nuisance (public and private), blocking the highway and harassment. We use the full range of tools available to ensure that our clients can carry on with their business activities without undue interference from protestors campaigning against a lawful activity.
The effect of protests can range from a minor inconvenience to major disruption. The mere presence of protestors is likely to cause a nuisance and might result in the harassment of staff and others and could have a serious impact on the operation of lawful business activities. In the event that your business becomes the target of protestors take the threat seriously, be prepared, organise your response and be ready.
Our expertise covers a range of contentious matters, often including issues under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, multiple sites and highway legislation and which generally require urgent applications to the court to secure interim relief to protect the clients’ property, brand, staff and customers from undue interference by protestors.
Our work has included:
- Obtaining various injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to restrain protestor action (including trespass, nuisance and harassment)
- Obtaining expedited Part 55 possession orders against squatters and travellers, often including ‘fly-tipping’ and damage to land and buildings
- Establishing protective, precautionary arrangements through emergency applications to the High Court and securing injunctions to restrain trespass, nuisance and protestor action
- Obtaining anti-harassment and ASB injunctions to restrain violent, criminal and other forms of ASB on housing association/RSL land
- Advising in respect of noise nuisance
We also advise clients on their policies and process in dealing with these issues.
Pro-choice? Pro-life? Pro-order and PSPOs03 October 2019
In this article we consider Public Spaces Protection Orders and a recent Court challenge to the making of such an order.
Protests against LGBT teaching at Birmingham Primary School20 June 2019
The Public Sector Equality Duty provides that public authorities have a duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation whilst advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who don’t share it. Primary schools in advancing LGBT rights and fostering good relations have been met with protests and demonstrations which Birmingham City Council sought to restrain by injunction.
The impact of protestors on retailers and how to deal with them12 April 2019
Everyone has the right to hold opinions and impart information and ideas including by peaceful assembly and association with others. These are ‘human rights’ which we all enjoy and which protect the right to protest and which may not be interfered with by a public authority. However, whilst the right to protest is enshrined in law, any protest must be lawful and balanced with the rights of others, including those at whom the protest is directed.
Harry Potter, Fracking, eco-warriors and ‘mob rule’ or freedom of expression – the Court of Appeal decides in the Ineos injunction case04 April 2019
Where is the dividing line between mob rule and lawful freedom of expression? This is one of the leading questions of the day. Should students be permitted to invite politicians with extreme views onto campus? Should a celebrated Oxford law professor be sacked for alleged homophobia? What about Brexit? Should protestors be arrested for confronting our MPs and expressing their views? And companies carrying out their lawful business – should they be allowed to do so without interference from protestors?
Trespassers will be prosecuted.....or will they?19 December 2018
Trespassers or “squatters” can present major issues for owners of commercial land and buildings.