Garden Court North Chambers has significant expertise in prison law. Our Members appear in adjudications and regularly undertake parole board hearings at prisons throughout the country. We undertake representation before lifer, parole, and recall panels, Categorisation of prisoners in particular Cat A and calculation of sentences, and we provide written advice on all aspects of prison law.
We also have significant expertise in undertaking judicial reviews in this area and civil actions against the Home Office.
Our Members have been involved in some of the highest profile prison law cases, including:
- R (Haney, Kaiyam, Massey and Robinson) v SSJ (Supreme Court held that all indeterminate prisoners must be given a reasonable opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and demonstrate their suitability for release);
- Noone v. SSJ  UKSC 30 (calculation of release dates and HDC entitlement);
- R (Guittard) v. SSJ  EWHC 2951 (discretion to transfer to open prison without a hearing)
- R v Round & Dunn  EWCA Crim 2667 (consecutive sentences and HDC);
- R (Mohammed Ali) v. SSJ  EWHC 1732 (reasons for escape risk classification to be provided);
- R (Lowe) v Governor of Liverpool Prison  EWHC 2167 (re-categorisation decisions); and
- SSJ v James and Lee  2 W.L.R. 1149 UKHL 22 (release of IPP prisoners and provision of course).
Other important prison law cases undertaken include: Ezeh & Connors v UK  39 EHRR 1 (regarding Article 6 in prison adjudications); R on the application of Middleton v Sec of State Home Dept  2 AC 182. (leading case on application of Article 2 to Inquest proceedings and the ambit of neglect verdicts); R v Gov of Brockhill Prison, ex parte Evans (No.1)  2WLR 236 (calculation of remand time); R v Brockhill Prison, ex parte Evans (No 2)  3WLR 843. (Leading false imprisonment case); R v Stocker  2 CrAppR(S) 54, CA, and R v Bingham  (cases on the relationship between remand time, administrative recall and Section 116 orders).
"Garden Court North is a pre-eminent set that has members who specialise in many areas of public law, including prison law, immigration, housing and inquests. The set fields a strong team of silks and juniors who have been involved in several high-profile and landmark cases". (Chambers & Partners 2016 - Administrative and Public Law - North/North Eastern Bar)
"Garden Court North has a strong reputation for advising claimants on all areas of domestic and international human rights law. Its members have acted on some of the highest-profile miscarriages of justice, inquests and prison law matters of recent years." (Chambers & Partners 2016 - Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Northern Bar)