Event details: Speak in Safety - Investigatory Powers

Date: 11 April 2016

Time: 17:00 - 18:30

Committee Room 11 Houses of Parliament London

Individuals acting as whistle-blowers and clients seeking legal advice are exercising the most fundamental constitutional rights enjoyed by the British public, but the Investigatory Powers Bill poses a real threat to their safety and confidentiality.

The Bar Council, National Union of Journalists, and the Law Society have organised a joint event in parliament on Monday 11 April starting at 17.00 in committee room 11 to discuss the risks posed by the Bill.

Our organisations have come together as part of the 'Speak in Safety Campaign' to ask for parliamentary support for a range of amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill that will adequately protect the anonymity of sources and whistleblowers and guarantee that clients can speak with their legal representatives in confidence.

It is in the public interest of the citizens of our country that illegality and wrong-doing are reported and that citizens can access legal representation. The law must, therefore, guarantee citizens safe and secure channels of communication with MPs, journalists and legal representatives.

Written evidence, including draft amendments, produced by the Bar Council have been submitted to the Investigatory Powers Bill Committee and are available here.

For more information on legal privilege and the Bar Council's responses to the development of surveillance laws, please click here.

Please save the date, speakers will be announced shortly.

To book your place RSVP to sarahka@nuj.org.uk