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Immigration detention and migrant rights

If your human rights have been breached we may be able to help you

We represent individuals who have been detained, discriminated against, had their human rights breached by or have otherwise been treated unlawfully by the Home Office.

We act for clients in both public law claims for judicial review and compensation claims. We are involved in challenges to a wide range of ‘hostile environment’ policies. 

Main areas of work

We act for detainees seeking their release from immigration removal centres and prisons. We also regularly obtain substantial amounts of compensation for our clients.

Our clients include asylum seekers, people with criminal convictions or deportation orders, people with physical or mental health illnesses, trafficking and torture survivors.

We act for people who are currently in detention and people who have been released.

Most of our cases are brought by individuals but we also have a group claim specifically for people detained between 1 January 2014 and 15 March 2017 pending removal to an EU country. 

Including challenges to remove curfews and electronic monitoring conditions and claims for compensation.

We act for individuals who have been assaulted, restrained or injured by escorts in seeking compensation from the Home Office and private contractors (G4S, Serco, Mitie).

We act for individuals in challenging delays in applications and suitability of accommodation (including in cases where the accommodation is unsuitable because an individual is pregnant or with young children, or has a disability). In 2016 our clients were successful in establishing that the delays in providing section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation were unlawful. 

We bring challenges on behalf of individuals who the Home Office wish to exclude from the UK because they are deemed to pose a threat to national security, and whose cases are subject to closed proceedings in the Special Immigration and Appeals Commission.

We act for individuals seeking to challenge the Home Office’s failure to recognise their British Nationality.

Find out more about our Windrush work.

Most of our cases are funded by legal aid. If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will seek to offer you a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement.


We also work with charities and organisations in strategic cases seeking wider changes in the law:

We are recognised as leading solicitors for this type of work by both independent legal directories in the UK (Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners).

Meet the immigration detention and migrant rights team

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Jamie Beagent

Jamie Beagent

Head of the human rights department specialising in judicial review and public law.

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Waleed Sheik

Waleed Sheikh

Waleed Sheikh is an associate solicitor in the human rights department.

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Stephanie Hill
Wildlife Inquests Planning

Stephanie Hill

Stephanie Hill is a solicitor in the human rights department at Leigh Day.

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John Crowley
Planning Wildlife Prisons

John Crowley

John Crowley is a solicitor in the human rights department.

Asylum applications and appeals

We are unable to assist with immigration and asylum applications or appeals, or with applications for bail to the First-tier Tribunal. You may be able to find support from the following organisations:

News and blogs

Blog Post
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​Unlawful immigration detention: latest Supreme Court ruling has wide-ranging implications

Waleed Sheikh, from the human rights team, and Claire Powell, from the employment and discrimination team, discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in R (DN (Rwanda)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and its implications for others in a similar situation.

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Supreme Court confirms Home Office falsely imprisoned people by imposing unlawful curfews

Human rights solicitor Stephanie Hill discusses the recent Supreme Court judgment in R (on the application of) Jalloh v Secretary of State for the Home Department, and its impact for those subjected to curfews under immigration law.

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Immigration detention – recent Supreme Court ruling will impact thousands

Human rights solicitor Waleed Sheikh discusses the importance of a recent Supreme Court ruling in relation to the approach by the Home Office to immigration detention.

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Supporting detained women on International Women's Day

International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and a call to action for gender equality