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Benjamin Burrows


Benjamin is head of the prison team

Inquests Prisons

Benjamin is a partner in the human rights department at Leigh Day.

He is the head of the prison team, where he exclusively acts for people who are in prison or who have been in prison.

He combs through every detail to get what you need.

Chambers and partners 2021

What people say

“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 Benjamin 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”.

Legal expertise

Benjamin’s work includes private law claims for compensation, public law claims for judicial review and inquests. His work can cover a broad range of litigation, but has a particular focus on discrimination, healthcare and inquests.

Benjamin’s is recognised as a leading solicitor for his work in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He is a member of the executive committee for the Association of Prison Lawyers.

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.

Benjamin Burrows in the news

Benjamin regularly gives external talks and writes external articles on the issue of prisoners’ rights. Recent examples include:

  • Radio 4's In Touch programme 11.6.19, Blind prisoners compensation for discrimination
  • Prisons and social care Lexis PSL 6.7.17
  • Written evidence to the Justice Select Committee on older prisoners
  • Oral evidence to the Joint Committee on the draft Prisoner Voting Bill
  • Human Rights Beneath The Headlines British Institute of Human Rights 14.2.14
  • Article for Lexis Nexis on the EU Charter and it’s applicability in UK Law
  • Article for Inside Time on older prisoners
  • Halsbury’s Law Exchange on the justice gap for disabled prisoners



Blog Post
Jail Cell
Human rights Prisons Covid-19 Mental Health

Urgent review of COVID restrictions in prisons needed to tackle growing mental health crisis

Benjamin Burrows and Ellie Sutherland discuss the impact of COVID restrictions on the mental health of UK prison inmates

Blog Post
Unlocking Cell Door
Prisoner rights Human rights

The continuing decline of healthcare in prisons

Benjamin Burrows and Maya Grantham discuss the state of healthcare in prisons in light of two recent national reports.

Blog Post
Prison Door Lock
Prisoner rights

The unknown impact of COVID-19 on the health of prisoners

Benjamin Burrows and Maya Grantham discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health of the ageing prison population of England and Wales.

Blog Post
Patient Handcuffed
Human rights Prisons

​Prison service must strike a better balance on the use of handcuffs on prisoners in hospital

Benjamin Burrows and Ellie Sutherland discuss the use of handcuffs on prisoners accessing hospital treatment and argue that it is a balance that the prison service is repeatedly getting wrong.

He always remains on top of everything.

Chambers and partners 2021