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Prisoner rights

The prison team acts exclusively for people who are in prison or who have been in prison.  Their work includes private law claims for compensation, public law claims for judicial review and inquests.  Their work can cover a broad range of litigation, but has a particular focus on discrimination, healthcare and inquest matters. 

The prison team:

  • Can offer legal aid and no win, no fee funding;
  • Is recognised as leading solicitors in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners; and
  • Is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers. 

Discrimination

The prison team regularly acts for prisoners in all areas of discrimination including disability, race, religion, sex, age, gender reassignment and sexual orientation discrimination.  Those claims include where:
 
  • There has been a delay or a failure to meet a prisoner’s mobility or personal care needs;
  • There has been a decision to operate a policy or practice which treats a prisoner unfairly because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation; and
  • There has been a failure to take a prisoner’s age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation into account when putting a policy or practice into force. 

Healthcare

The prison team acts in claims of clinical negligence, personal injury and breach of human rights on behalf of prisoners who have suffered injury whilst in prison or whilst in hospital.  These claims include where:
 
  • There has been a decision to refuse a prisoner access to treatment;
  • There has been a delay or a failure in a prisoner being diagnosed with an illness or receiving treatment for that illness; and
  • There have been mistakes when providing a prisoner with treatment for an illness.

Inquests 

The prison team represents bereaved families at all stages of Coronial inquest proceedings arising out of deaths in prison.  Those inquests include:
 
  • Deaths arising from a failure to provide adequate healthcare to a prisoner;
  • Deaths arising from suicide, where there has been a failure to protect the prisoner from suicide or self-harm; and
  • Deaths arising from inter-prisoner violence, where there has been a failure to protect a prisoner from violence within a prison.

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