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We can help with prisoner discrimination and disability cases, prisoner healthcare and human rights claims

Leigh Day's prison team advises on prisoner discrimination and disability cases, prisoner healthcare and human rights claims

Leigh Day’s prison team acts exclusively for people who are in prison or who have been in prison. Our work includes private law claims for compensation, public law claims for judicial review and inquests. We cover a broad range of litigation, but our focus is on discrimination, healthcare and inquest cases.

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). We are also members of the Association of Prison Lawyers, which means we are part of a group of specialist prison solicitors.

We can offer legal aid and no win, no fee funding.

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The team is full of great lawyers who are able and passionate about the work that they do.

Legal 500 2021

Find out more about the work we do

Discrimination

We regularly act for prisoners in claims of discrimination including disability, race, religion, sex, age, gender reassignment and sexual orientation. Those claims might 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

We act 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. Examples of such 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

We also represent bereaved families at all stages of Coroner’s Inquest proceedings arising out of deaths in prison, including:

  • 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 a failure to protect a prisoner from violence within a prison.

Read our prison team leaflet

News and blogs

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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.

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Compensation paid to prisoner for religious discrimination

A prisoner has been paid compensation after being unable to fully practise his religion while in prison.

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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.