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Benjamin Burrows

Associate solicitor

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Benjamin Burrows' "work is of the highest standard." He "explores every angle" and is praised for his "impressive tactical approach." – Chambers and partners 2017
"He has an eye for spotting novel legal points, and is realistic, personable and very good with clients." – Chambers and partners 2016

Benjamin is a solicitor in the prison law team at Leigh Day.  He exclusively acts on behalf of people who are in prison or who have been in prison. 

His work includes public law claims for judicial review and private law claims for compensation, as well as inquests.  His work mainly focuses on the areas of healthcare, discrimination, deprivation of liberty and human rights.  He is recognised as a leading solicitor in civil liberties and human rights in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Prisoner healthcare

Benjamin acts in claims of clinical negligence, personal injury and breach of human rights, as well as inquests, on behalf of prisoners who have suffered injury whilst in prison or whilst in hospital.  These claims have included 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
  • There have been a mistake when providing a prisoner with treatment for an illness

Prisoner discrimination

Benjamin acts in Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 claims on behalf of prisoners who have suffered unlawful discrimination in prison on grounds of their disabilities, age, sex, religion or belief, race, and sexual orientation.  These claims have included where:
 
  • There has been a delay or a failure in a prisoner’s mobility or personal care needs being met
  • There has been a decision to operate a policy or practice which treats a prisoner unfairly because of their disability, age, sex or religion or belief, race or sexual orientation
  • There has been a failure to take a prisoner’s disability, age, sex or religion or belief, race or sexual orientation into account when putting a policy or practice into place

Deprivation of liberty

Benjamin acts in claims for unlawful detention and false imprisonment on behalf of prisoners who have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty due to errors by the Court or by the Prison.  These claims have included where:
 
  • A Judge convicted and sentenced a prisoner under the wrong Act
  • A Court issued a Warrant of Imprisonment incorrectly recording a prisoner’s sentence
  • A Governor calculated a prisoner’s release dates incorrectly

Prisoner human rights

Benjamin acts in claims for breach of human rights claims in both the domestic and European courts on behalf of prisoners who have had their Convention rights breached.  These claims have included where:
 
  • There has been a decision to handcuff and accompany elderly, ill or immobile prisoners during their treatment in hospital
  • 550 prisoners have been denied the right to vote in national and European elections
  • There has been a failure to take adequate steps to secure a prisoner’s safety or physical or mental wellbeing

Feedback from clients:

“At what was the worst part of my life, Benjamin always treated me with the utmost respect, dignity and sensitivity.  Whilst both my cases may not have been ‘headline’ worthy, the outcomes and the compensation that was awarded have allowed me to restart some semblance of a normal life”.  

"I pay tribute to your very professional team of solicitors.  I can guarantee that anyone that has Benj"amin Burrows on their side has excellent advice – your firm of solicitors is a credit to the legal profession."

“Together with his team, Benjamin Burrows worked tirelessly and tenaciously to not just meet my high expectations but to consistently exceed them.  His knowledge and professionalism have guided and prepared my claim with acuity and strength that has clearly prompted respect from the defendants.  He is passionate about his client’s needs because he genuinely cares about our rights”. 

Publications

Benjamin regularly gives external talks and writes external articles on the issue of prisoners’ rights.  Recent examples include:
 
Benjamin is a member of the executive committees for the Association of Prison Lawyers and the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group.

Benjamin joined Leigh Day as a trainee solicitor in September 2007, and qualified as a solicitor in October 2009.  He 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.

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Accreditations

  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2016 Recommended lawyer

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