Olliers specialist prison lawyers have dealt with numerous successful cases on behalf of prisoners. Below are a number of our reported cases.
Cases Affecting Prisoners’ Sentence Progression & Release
- R (on the application of) S & KF V Secretary of State for Justice (Prisoners Earnings Act) –  EWHC 1810 – This was a challenge to the implementation of the Prisoners Earnings Act which imposed a ‘victims’ levy’ of 40% on the earnings of people detained in open prisons, preparing for their release into the community.
- Hill v United Kingdom – This was an application to the European Court of Human Rights in relation to a violation of article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights by the United Kingdom’s delay in allowing a prisoner access to rehabilitative courses and repeated deferral of his Parole Board review hearing. The European Court of Human Rights held there had been a violation of article 5(4) of the Convention due to a 13 month delay in conducting the parole hearing.
- R (oao Farr) Vs Secretary of State for Justice, (2013) – A successful challenge to the applicant’s removal from open prison resulting in the applicant’s immediate release by the Parole Board from closed conditions.
- High Court: R (on the application of Hill) v The Parole Board  EWHC 809 (Admin) – This was a successful challenge to a decision by the Parole Board not to recommend the progression of a learning disabled prisoner to open conditions
Challenges to Adjudication Decisions
- High Court: R (oao Hibbs) Vs Secretary of State for Justice (2013) – Successful challenge to an adjudication on procedural errors which lead to the applicants’ removal from open prison. As an ISP, having the adjudication quashed was fundamental to ensuring she could be successful at her next parole review.
Cases Affecting Vulnerable Prisoners
- Hall v R –  EWCA Crim 82 – A Judicial Review claim was sought to prevent a severely disabled man being transferred from hospital back to prison. The Court of Appeal ultimately agreed to fast-track an appeal against his sentence which was quashed.
- (R on the application of Cannan) a Court of Appeal case in relation to legal documents.
- (R on the application of Noye) relating to conditions within the Special Secure Unit at HMP Whitemoor.
Contact our Specialist Prison Lawyers
Olliers Prison Law are based in Manchester and London but we cover all prisons across England and Wales. Our specialist prison lawyers can be contacted by telephone on 0161 8341515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can write to us: Prison Law Department, Olliers Solicitors, Freepost, NEA13621, Manchester, M3 9ZL.