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History of Cases

PRISONERS

I have represented prisoners at all levels since 1993.

I have appeared before panels of the Parole Board regularly since then (on average three times a week, my appearances running into thousands) and I travel all over the country to do so.

I have appeared in the Administrative Court in judicial review proceedings regularly since 1998, taking well over a thousand cases through.

I have appeared in all the courts in this country and in Europe. I have brought two challenges in Strasbourg and won both (the right to vote and the artificial insemination case).

I have acted for/represented prisoners in some high profile cases:

I have also challenged the way in which the prison system works, especially for life sentence prisoners. I continue to do so to this day.

INQUESTS

I have represented families at Inquests in various settings (prisons, hospitals and domestic deaths).

TRIBUNALS

I have represented countless applicants in tribunals (mostly before what is now known as the First-Tier Tribunal), ranging from Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, Immigration and Immigration Appeal Tribunal and Mental Heath Review Tribunal.

SURROGACY

I have helped couples obtain a parental order, which is the final step in the proceedings.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

I have represented professionals in disciplinary proceedings (HCPC and General Osteopathic Council)

SAFEGUARDING

I was appointed Counsel to a multi agency enquiry into an incident in Yarl's Wood detention centre. This was modelled on a Serious Case Review but did not have such status and was the first of its kind.

PRIVATE LAW ACTIONS

I represent claimants in actions against the police and claimants in actions in tort (misfeasance, negligence and intentional torts)

DISCRIMINATION WORK

I also do discrimination work. I successfully represented Sheffield Children Centre in their defence to a claim that they had discriminated against a Centre user on the ground of race.

I have also undertaken other work and will always consider other areas when approached, such as other public law matters or even private law matters.

CRIME

I undertake criminal appeals but generally against sentence when the matter raises a point of law although I also do criminal appeals against conviction.

Notable criminal cases:

R v Lodde (2000) 2 March regarding timespent awaiting extradition counting towards sentence

R v Cooper [2009] EWCA Crim 1696 IPP for non contact offence quashed

R v Al Badi [2010] EWCA Crim 3206 IPP quashed on ground that sentencing judge imposed it having had regard to previous allegations of which the appellant had been found not guilty

R v Daniel Roque-Hall [2013] EWCA Crim 82 sentenced of three years reduced to time served for severely disabled prisoner on the ground of mercy

R v Stephen Jackley [2013] EWCA Crim 774 Sentenced reduced to take account of Mr Jackley's Asperger Syndrome and the impact of incarceration on him

R v Stefan Dudziec [2013] EWCA Crim 731 IPP quashed for violent offences replaced by determinate sentences

I was interviewed for Law In Action on radio 4 for the Parole Board programmes.

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