Prison Law – we provide legal advice and assistance to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of prison rules and conditions of imprisonment. We take up prisoners’ complaints about mistreatment inside prison by providing free legal advice and assistance on an individual and confidential basis, taking legal action where appropriate. We handle matters such as:
- Parole Board Reviews – Legal Aid Funded
- Recall back to prison – Privately funded/Legal Aid (depending on the circumstances)
- Adjudication – Legal Aid Funded
- Pre-Tariff sift – fixed fee Private funded
- Transfers – fixed fee Private funded
- Recategorisation – fixed fee Private funded
- Sentence Calculation – Privately funded/Legal Aid (depending on the circumstances)
- Licence conditions and release into the community on licence – Privately funded
- Appeals – we can assist with appealing your conviction or sentence or both. You can appeal your conviction if you pleaded not guilty in court and were found guilty by the jury, and you believe your conviction was unsafe. You can appeal your sentence if you pleaded guilty to the offence but you believe your sentence is manifestly excessive.
- CCRC – we provide advise and assistance with applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for cases of suspected miscarriage of justice where someone has been wrongly convicted of a criminal offence or wrongly sentenced.
- Judicial Review – is a form of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. It is a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made. Judicial review may be appropriate where an unlawful decision or action has been taken by a public body and there is no alternative remedy available. Unlawful decisions can be challenged on a number of grounds, which are usually described as illegality, irrationality, and unfairness.
The sort of public bodies whose decisions may be challenged include:
- government ministers and departments;
- local authorities & health authorities;
- chief constables & prison governors;
- some tribunals (but not if you can appeal to a higher tribunal or court);
- magistrates, coroners and county courts; and,
- boards of school governors (but not independent schools).
Contact us to talk to an experienced solicitor