Our public law team have been involved in a number of high profile cases and have pursued actions all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.
Mike Pemberton is recognised in Chambers and Partners 2009-2012 editions as a leader in this field and has been described as “very down to earth and 100% honest. He always goes the extra mile for his clients without losing objectivity."
The team have been specialising in Judicial Review for over ten years and are nationally recognised as specialists in this area with good connections to leading barristers’ chambers. You can have confidence that your case will be handled efficiently and with regular updates in what can be a very fast paced area of law.
Our prisons team are nationally renowned and are respected by a number of agencies with whom they regularly deal. They have been praised for their innovative approach to problems faced by clients and always try to resolve issues as quickly as possible.
The team aims to remove the uncertainty faced by clients at what can be highly stressful times such as during the parole process, sentence planning and Security Category Reviews. The prison law team offer advice, support and expertise when it is needed in an efficient and understandable way.
Areas of specialism
- Sentence planning and advice
- Parole board representation
- Recalls to custody
- Category A representation
- Advice on re-categorisation
- Minimum term representation
- Adjudications (hearings for alleged breaches of prison rules)
The team regularly advises on Judicial Review applications to the High Court having a wealth of experience and connections with leading Barristers chambers in Manchester and London. It is understood that shortly following the opening of the Administrative Court in Manchester; the team was responsible for nearly 10% of the cases issued in the first month. The team have pursued cases as far as the House of Lords and European Court of Human Rights.
The team are members of the Association of Prison Lawyers, Inquest Lawyers Group, Manchester Prison Law Practitioner Group and Prison Lawyers Advisory Group, meaning that they have regular and updated knowledge on key issues affecting the work.