Detention & deprivation of liberty

We have a large team of committed and very highly regarded solicitors experienced in bringing cases for people detained in prisons, immigration removal centres, care homes and hospitals.

We regularly secure court orders bringing on-going detention to an end and we act in claims for compensation for unlawful detention or unlawful treatment during detention.

We have successfully represented a large number of people detained under immigration rules in immigration removal centres and prisons. We frequently obtain High Court injunctions for release and compensation for historic unlawful detention. We have a high success rate in securing detainees’ release and substantial awards of compensation.

We also bring cases to challenge the way detainees and prisoners are treated, such as inadequate medical treatment, the lack of facilities for the disabled, the unnecessary use of handcuffing and segregation, and the use of excessive force in detention and during removals.

We have represented prisoners who have been assaulted by prison staff and who have been placed on false charges. We have also brought claims on behalf of prisoners assaulted by other prisoners, when they should have been protected by the prison authorities.

Many of our detained clients are children and vulnerable adults or their families. We often represent children wrongly assessed to be adults and detained in immigration removal centres and threatened with removal from the UK.

We have expertise in representing vulnerable adults or their families in the Court of Protection.

We have an excellent reputation for bringing claims for compensation where vulnerable adults and children have been unlawful detention or mistreated including in hospitals and care homes.

Some of our cases are strategic ‘test cases’ where a positive outcome benefits other detainees as well as the individual clients. We also advise and provide training and representation for organisations that support and campaign for detainees.