Eva Whittall specialises in human rights law in the context of the criminal justice system. She acts for clients in inquests following deaths in custody, judicial review claims, public inquiries, civil actions against the state and police complaints. She collaborates closely with the firm’s criminal defence department to find remedies for their clients who have had their rights violated in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Eva is currently working on a number of different issues, including the extent of the obligation to investigate under Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, false imprisonment claims against the Ministry of Justice and a number of potential civil actions for assault on behalf of young people in the custodial estate.
Eva has over six years experience representing people in the criminal justice system. In 2005 she qualified as a police station accredited representative, gaining “hands on” experience of advice on arrest. In 2007 she qualified as a criminal defence solicitor, undertaking advocacy in Magistrates’ and Crown Courts across London. While working as a criminal defence practitioner, she prepared a number of judicial reviews on criminal justice issues including failure to apply the correct test when considering bail for a child. She also developed a prison law practice.
In 2008 Eva joined the legal team at the Howard League for Penal Reform where she specialised in representing young adults in custody and on release. She brought several successful judicial review challenges for prisoners against a range of defendants including the Ministry of Justice, the Parole Board, Primary Care Trusts and numerous Local Authorities. She also engaged in policy work and campaigned to improve the position of young adults in the criminal justice system.
Eva has co-authored a number of publications, including’ Access to Justice Denied: Young Adults in Prison’. Prior to commencing her legal career, she studied jurisprudence at Oxford University and interned with the Centre for Justice and International Law in San Josè, Costa Rica.