Hamish Arnott

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Hamish Arnott specialises in public law and human rights with a particular focus on the civil liberties of prisoners and those detained under immigration laws.

He co-authors with Simon Creighton the six-monthly updates on prison law for Legal Action, and also Prisoners Law and Practice (LAG 2009). He co-authored Parole Board Hearings: Law and Practice (LAG 2nd Edition 2009), the first book dedicated to parole proceedings. He has also contributed to Foreign National Prisoners: Law and Practice (LAG 2012). Hamish trains extensively in areas related to his practice.

He qualified as a solicitor in October 1993, having trained with Wilson and Co in London, where he worked as an assistant solicitor until 1997. He subsequently worked at the Public Law Project and the Prisoners’ Advice Service. He joined Bhatt Murphy in 2001. In 2006 he was awarded the Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) Qualification.

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Awards & Rankings

  • Hamish Chambers and Partners

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"He's a phenomenally good solicitor."
Chambers and Partners 2022
The "fantastic" Hamish Arnott is held in the highest regard for his work on civil liberties cases involving prisoners and immigration detainees.
Chambers and Partners 2020
"Meticulous, conscientious, knowledgeable and persistent" "A huge depth of experience in prison law"
Chambers and Partners 2019

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