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Prisoners' Rights

"They're really the best on prison law. They have the largest number of really strong and experienced people."
Chambers & Partners 2015

How we work

We assist prisoners to resolve their difficulties with the authorities in the quickest and most effective manner possible.

We endeavour to resolve the problem through correspondence with the prison and by using the complaint and Ombudsman schemes. If these approaches do not resolve the matter, we are skilled in identifying and bringing challenges through the courts.

Legal Proceedings

Court proceedings on behalf of prisoners - to protect their rights and to ensure procedural fairness - are usually by way of judicial review. In cases where judicial review is unsuccessful or inappropriate, we will advise concerning pursuing the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.

Making progress in this area of law can be a slow process, with the courts moving towards fairer procedures very gradually. Our clients demonstrate immense dedication and commitment, often pursuing cases where they may no longer obtain any direct benefit to improve the treatment for all prisoners.

Our Policy Work

We are involved in developing policy from funding issues to new legislation. We have provided consultation responses on a wide range of issues affecting prisoners including the legal aid scheme and the appropriate levels of punishment for those convicted of murder.
Simon Creighton & Hamish Arnott have written a new prison law text book. 'Prisoners: Law & Practice' was published by Legal Action Group in September 2009.
See details of the second edition of Parole Board Hearings: Law and Practice written by Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton and published by Legal Action Group 2010.