An independent review of the Human Rights Act was announced today but Amnesty International warned of a ‘giant leap backwards’.

Taking a step towards delivering on its election manifesto pledge to update the Human Rights Act (HRA), it was announced that former appeal court judge Sir Peter Gross will lead the review.

It will be examined by an independent panel of experts, including immediate past Law Society president Simon Davis and other lawyers.

The panel will decide whether there is a case for change and recommendations are expected next summer. 

However, Amnesty International’s director, Kate Allen, warned: “Tearing up the Human Rights Act would be a giant leap backwards....

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