Our prison law barristers have a reputation for tenaciously pursuing justice for those held in detention, especially those whose rights are particularly at risk, including children, young people and adults with mental health issues or disabilities.
We have long been involved in challenging infringements to prisoners’ rights, through first instance representation at Parole Boards and adjudication hearings, as well as judicial review challenges in the Administrative Court.
Our prison law barristers have also undertaken a series of cutting edge challenges before the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights seeking justice for those held in detention. Our criminal appeals team also regularly advise on statutory compensation claims for miscarriages of justice, as well as out of time appeals against conviction and sentence.
Areas of Expertise
- Human Rights Act challenges
- Security categorisation and re-categorisation decisions
- Prison conditions, treatment and policy
- Access to prison Mother & Baby Units
- Representation before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudicator
- Release and recall
- Licence conditions
- Sentence (mis)calculation
- Statutory compensation following miscarriages of justice
- Conviction and sentence appeals, including out of time appeals and appeals following CCRC referrals
- Damages claims against the Ministry of Justice for unlawful detention and discrimination
Garden Court prison law barristers provide the highest quality representation to those detained in prison and those released into the community post-sentence. Our strength lies in our inter-disciplinary expertise. As the largest chambers in London with over 180 barristers, we can offer an unrivalled breadth and depth of related expertise from our core practice teams.
In cases where individuals have been unlawfully detained or suffered discrimination, our barristers who specialise in claims against the police and public authorities can assist you.
Garden Court Chambers won the Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year Award at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2016.