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Benjamin Burrows


Benjamin is head of the prison team

Human rights Inquests Judicial review 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.

What the directories say

Benjamin is fantastic; he is a leader on understanding how to develop the law and he goes the extra mile as he really cares about getting people's rights redressed.

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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



News Article
Old Bailey Full Building
Human rights; Forbury gardens Prisons

Inquest into the deaths of Reading murder victims, James Furlong, Dr David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett

The inquest into the deaths of James Furlong, 36, Dr David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, who were murdered by Khairi Saadallah in Forbury Gardens, Reading, in June 2020 began at the Old Bailey today.

News Article
Marta Elena Vento
Human rights Prisons Pre-inquest

Pre-inquest review into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27

A pre-inquest review (PIR) into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27, will be held at Dorset Coroner’s Court, at the Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth on Tuesday 9 January 2023 at 10:30am.

News Article
High Court
Forbury gardens Medical negligence PIR

Pre-inquest review into deaths of Reading Forbury Gardens terror attack victims

A second Pre-Inquest Review (PIR) hearing has been held in the inquests into the deaths of the Reading Forbury Gardens terror attack victims James Furlong, 36, Dr David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39.

He always remains on top of everything.

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