GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Property
- Landlord & Tenant (Residential)
- Personal Injury
- Probate & Estate Administration
Our Criminal law practice encompasses areas such as:
- Crown Court Trials / Hearings
- Bail applications
- Magistrate and, Court of Appeal
- Prison Law
Private Law: represent respondents in Sec 8, specific issues, contact, residence, prohibited steps orders.
Public Law: represent both respondents and applicants, public care proceedings, adoption, special guardianship order, contact, Divorce.
IMMIGRATION & HUMAN RIGHTS
We represent clients at all levels:
- Points Based System
- Upper Tier
- Court of Appeal
- Supreme Court and ECJ.
- unlawful detention
- bail applications
- judicial review
Our Prison Law Department has an established reputation.
Our specialist team of experienced lawyers advise and assist clients with a wide variety of prison law issues which can include:
- Recall – for breaking licence conditions, poor behaviour or new offences.
- Adjudications – or “nickings” – where prisoner’s are accused of breaking prison rules and are entitled to advice and sometimes representation at prison
- Parole applications – where prisoner’s are seeking early release or post-tariff release and require the Parole Board to authorise release
- Treatment problems – a prisoner with mental health problems, placed in solitary confinement or “the block”, experiencing bullying or violence or discrimination, attempting suicide or self-harm or any other issues which is having a significant impact on their well being; we can also deal with transfer prison requests where a prisoner placed in a prison without the appropriate course or approaching release and placed far from home
- Release on temporary licence – assisting a prisoner obtain temporary release from prison as part of their sentence progression or for compassionate reasons
- Recategorisation – advising and assisting a prisoner progress through their sentence to improve their chances of parole release
- Applications for early release (HDC or for DTOs) – we can assist and advise clients on the test for release and ensure that the prison governor is correctly assessing the eligibility criteria
- Sentence planning – prisoners, particularly serving long sentences, significantly benefit from advice and assistance to ensure that they are managing courses and their time in prison efficiently to maximise sentence progression and release on parole
- Resettlement – applications for early release, parole and re-release following recall require suitable accommodation to which the prisoner can be released and requires specialist legal advice and intervention.
- European Court of Human Rights – we can assist and represent clients in relation to human rights issues arising in custody including treatment of prisoners with mental health issues, self-harm and attempted suicide
- Public law – challenging prison mis-treatment; obtaining support for resettlement and actions against the prison service
Direct Public Access
Barristers who hold the appropriate certification (Direct Access Work) are now permitted to undertake work upon direct instruction from lay clients without the need for a solicitor or other professional body to be instructed as an intermediary.
Our Direct Access Barristers who perform professional services directly for lay clients will continue to perform the same functions as when instructed by a Solicitor. In particular this includes giving legal advice, drafting documents and, in appropriate cases, providing advocacy. The purpose of allowing lay clients/organisations to instruct barristers directly is to remove unnecessary barriers to the provision of barristers’ services and to save costs by cutting out intermediaries.