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Leigh Day's prison law team

  • The prison law team has a distinguished track record of successfully representing people in prisons throughout England and Wales for over 10 years.
  • We are not afraid to take on difficult or unpopular cases that push the boundaries of the law and which may be of little interest to other firms. 
  • We have experience in a wide range of different types of legal cases and can advise on the most appropriate claim to bring in any particular situation.
  • We act for people in prison using public funding (“legal aid”) or under a conditional fee agreement (“no win, no fee”).
  • When we take a case on, we will visit the client in prison or speak to them by videoconference.
  • Your case is handled by a named legally qualified member of staff who the client is able to write to or speak with by telephone.
  • We only act for those who have suffered injury or whose rights have been violated and never act for defendants.
  • Our lawyers are active members of the Association of Prison Lawyers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Action against Medical Accidents, the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Group and the Discrimination Law Association.
  • Sean Humber, who heads the prison law team, is 16 years qualified, has been a partner in the firm for 11 years and is recognised as an expert in prison law in all of the legal directories.  The 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession states “Sean Humber is praised by barristers for his meticulous preparation, case management and technical ability. A key focus is prisoners' rights, including the right to vote“.
  • Sean Humber frequently comments on prison law matters in the media, has spoken at the House of Lord on prisoner rights and chairs the Action against Medical Accidents annual conference on prisoner healthcare.

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