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Prison Law

Prison Law

Our exceptional level of expertise in human rights and public law informs our practice in prison law. We have advised and represented parties within various settings, from parole board hearings to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. They deal with issues concerning:

  • Proceedings before Parole Boards.
  • Conduct inquests arising in the prison context.
  • Civil litigation including claims for assault, negligence, misfeasance.
  • Discrimination claims on the grounds of race, sex, disability, religion or other protected characteristics.

Matrix members have appeared in most of the leading prison law cases, and members of the team co-write Prison Law (OUP, 5th edn), the leading textbook in the area, now in its fourth edition. Matrix members regularly write and lecture on all aspects of prisoners’ rights.


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Nick Armstrong
Called: 2001 Solicitor: 1998
Joanna Buckley
Called: 2011
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Chris Buttler QC
Called: 2004 Silk: 2021
Ayesha Christie
Called: 2014
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Raj Desai
Called: 2010 Solicitor: 2007
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Sarah Hannett QC
Called: 2003 Silk: 2021
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Darryl Hutcheon
Called: 2014
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
Samantha Knights QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2018
Helen Law
Called: 2005
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
Aidan Wills
Called: 2015