Losing your freedom doesn’t mean losing your rights…
At Scott-Moncrieff we’re proud of our specialist prison law team: it’s one of the largest and most successful in the country and we represent clients across the whole of the UK. We’re highly respected in this demanding area of the law and are regularly called upon to provide training to other legal professionals and to a range of criminal justice agencies.
Our lawyers are highly regarded by both partner agencies and peers; members of our team were founding members of the Association of Prison Lawyers and continue to sit on its executive committee. One of our lawyers has recently acted as chairman of the Prisoners’ Advice Service, while others are directors of the Howard League and former Head of Governance at the Parole Board.
Every year we act for hundreds of prison law clients in England and Wales, as well as offenders transferred to Scotland under restricted transfers. And as a multi-disciplinary firm, we’re able to harness the expertise of other Scott-Moncrieff teams such as mental health and actions against the police to ensure our clients benefit from a joined-up approach.
In short, there’s no better place to start if you’re looking for expert advice for a prisoner or a young person in detention.
What types of case do you handle?
There’s no area of prison law that we haven’t got covered. We regularly act for offenders on a comprehensive range of prison law issues including:
- parole and parole board decisions
- categorisation and sentence management issues
- issues including resettlement, licence conditions and access to offending behaviour courses.
We’re also experienced in representing ex-offenders who have been released from prison on licence and are seeking to improve their licence conditions.
Specialist expertise in mental health
One of Scott-Moncrieff’s key specialities is representing clients with mental health problems or learning disabilities. We believe that the prison system can all too easily overlook the needs of vulnerable adults and we’re proud of our track record in securing fair and appropriate provision for people whose voices can sometimes go unheard. For example, we’ve successfully managed the cases of many prisoners who have sought a transfer from prison to a mental hospital.
Our solicitors' expertise extends to representing children and young people in detention. Such cases are often highly sensitive and require close liaison with other agencies. Our lawyers have the experience and understanding needed to work for the best interests of a young person who may not have an effective family support structure to help them.
Representing extended sentence prisoners and lifers
Equally challenging is our work in representing lifers, extended sentence prisoners and those being held under the old Indeterminate Sentence (IPP) provision. These are clients who have been found guilty of serious crimes and whose sentences will be subject to regular review once a minimum tariff has been served. Such prisoners are also likely to be moved from one category of prison to another in the course of their detention. Our lawyers will work alongside each individual prisoner throughout the course of their sentence to ensure continuity and consistency – key elements in safeguarding the interests of long-term detainees.
Challenging official decisions
At Scott-Moncrieff we’re able to work closely with other specialist disciplines within the firm – something that means we’re ideally placed to support clients who require a public law (LINK to public law page) remedy for their problems.
Examples of this may include challenges to parole board decisions, delays in transferring to open conditions or accessing offending behaviour work and challenges to public authorities who fail to provide adequate release plans. We’re equally expert in managing appeals against sentence or conviction, including applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
How do I fund my case?
We’re able to offer Legal Aid for services such as parole reviews, adjudications, license issues and sentence calculation. Alternatively, we’ll advise on the best and most affordable way of setting up a private funding arrangement.
It goes without saying that we’ll make sure you’re kept fully up-to-date with the cost of your case so there’ll be no nasty surprises at the end.
Contact our Prison Lawyers in London, Bolton and Nottingham
We serve clients throughout England and Wales, including London, Lytham St Anne's, Bolton, Kent, Essex, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham.
For more information get in touch via our online contact form or call our team now on 02078411099.