Benjamin is a solicitor in the human rights department of Leigh Day. His work has a particular focus on prisoner and detainee rights, including healthcare, human rights and discrimination matters.
Benjamin acts for prisoners and detainees in a range of judicial review challenges and compensation claims for clinical negligence, personal injury, breach of human rights and unlawful discrimination. He has recently and successfully acted in the following types of claims:
- A judicial review challenge against the Secretary of State for Justice with regard to the unlawful interference with a prisoner’s legal correspondence
- A compensation claim against the Ministry of Justice with regard to their failure to adequately assess and address a prisoner’s personal care needs
- A compensation claim against Kent Police with regard their failure to provide a blind detainee with his rights and entitlements in a suitable format for his disability needs
- A compensation claim against the Ministry of Justice with regard to their failure to provide a prisoner with adequate treatment and care for his hearing and skin conditions
- A compensation claim against a Primary Care Trust with regard to the delay in diagnosis of a prisoner’s pancreatic condition
- A compensation claim against the Ministry of Justice with regard to their unlawful handcuffing of a prisoner during his two week inpatient stay for a whipple’s resection
- A judicial review challenge against the Secretary of State for Justice with regard to their unlawful handcuffing of an open prisoner during his outpatient appointments
- A compensation claim against the Ministry of Justice with regard to their failure to adequately assess and address a profoundly deaf prisoner’s disability needs
With Sean Humber, Benjamin he is also representing over 500 prisoner clients in their applications to the European Court of Human Rights with regard to the UK Governments failure to a allow them to vote.
Benjamin also has an interest in information law matters, including the failure of public bodies to respond to requests for information under the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and where an individual’s confidential information has been disclosed without their consent.
Benjamin joined Leigh Day as a trainee solicitor in September 2007, and qualified in October 2009.
Benjamin has a BA in History and a Masters in Post-war Reconstruction and Development. He worked for a number of international NGOs and charities before becoming a solicitor, including at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.
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