Prison law solicitors - public law

Our prison law solicitors and 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 Guide to the Legal Profession 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 excellent 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.

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Why choose Stephensons?

Our prison law 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 prison and public law team aim 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. Our prison law solicitors have pursued cases as far as the House of Lords and European Court of Human Rights.

Our prison law solicitors 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.

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

Fixed price prison law advice

With the reductions in scope for prison law advice, many providers are considering whether there is a future for prison law. At Stephensons, we have had a committed prison law team for over 12 years which has worked alongside our renowned appeals team and has taken a number of ground breaking cases on prisoner’s rights.

We have pursued cases concerning coursework availability, categorisation and even the legality of indeterminate detention all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

Prison law advice

Our prison law solicitors understand that timely legal advice for prisoners is important and can provide resolution to a number of problems. Sometimes just being able to speak to a specialist can provide the confidence to deal with a problem that has arisen.

Whilst legal aid is still available for some prison law issues, a problem that often arises is that a partner’s means need to be taken into account meaning that those in custody do not qualify if for example the part time job of the partner is taken into account.

We are therefore pleased to offer our Confidence Whilst in Custody packages which may be purchased by family and friends of prisoners. These packages are competitively priced and provide certainty of costs.

The packages range from a 30 minute telephone advice consultation (valid for up to two months and charged by the minute, meaning that advice can be sought up to the credit limit on different occasions), through to fixed fee legal visit packages and representation at Parole Board hearings. A monthly payment scheme can also be arranged on some packages.

To enquire about our Confidence Whilst in Custody packages, please telephone 0175 321 5096 or you can email the prison law team directly at: prisonlaw@stephensons.co.uk.

Packages available

PackageIncludedPrice
Telephone Confidence30 minutes legal advice via telephone. Charged by the minute, bundle can be split but must be used within two months.£36
   
Telephone Confidence Plus60 minutes legal advice via telephone. Charged by the minute, bundle can be split but must be used within six months.£72
   
Legal Confidence by Visit PackageA legal visit including travel costs up to 20 miles each way from the office and follow up advice letter.£180
   
Paper Representations PackageWritten representations for parole or other prison law issues at a fixed fee.From £300
   
Oral Hearing - Full Representation PackageRepresentation at oral hearing or adjudication hearing by a prison law specialist including preparation of the case.From £500
   
Casework PackageFixed fee for agreed work additional to other package (includes legal letter at £19.99).From £19.99
   
Confidence Whilst in Custody ContractAn annual contract providing access to a prison law specialist with monthly payments to spread the costs over the year.Price on enquiry

 

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