History of Cases
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:
- Dennis Nilsen's battle to have his own manuscript in possession
- John Hirst to be able to vote as a prisoner (domestic courts, Strasbourg Court and Grand Chamber)
- Ronnie Biggs to obtain compassionate relief
- Mr and Mrs Mellor and Mr and Mrs Dickson to have the right to conceive a child by artificial insemination
- Mr Watkins in his misfeasance claim against the Home Office
- the late Mr Girling in a successful attempt to ensure the judicial independence of the Parole Board
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.
I have represented families at Inquests in various settings (prisons, hospitals and domestic deaths).
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.
I have helped couples obtain a parental order, which is the final step in the proceedings.
I have represented professionals in disciplinary proceedings (HCPC and General Osteopathic Council)
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)
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.
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  EWCA Crim 1696 IPP for non contact offence quashed
R v Al Badi  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  EWCA Crim 82 sentenced of three years reduced to time served for severely disabled prisoner on the ground of mercy
R v Stephen Jackley  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  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.