Prison Law and Criminal Justice

Practice Summary

Doughty Street has always been the home of prison law. Its practitioners have been involved in many of the leading House of Lords cases over the last two decades, cases which have brought about important advances in prisoners’ rights but also the development of key principles in human rights and administrative law.


In the last decade prison law has become markedly more complex. Over this time we have seen the creation of new sentences including the disastrous IPP, an ever growing prison population with the resulting pressure on the prison estate to deliver humane regimes and an increasing number of vulnerable prisoners. New populations of long-term prisoners, such as immigration detainees have emerged. Prison lawyers have also come to look beyond the prison gate as awareness has grown about the need to protect prisoners on release, or new coercive criminal justice measures such as control orders have been introduced.


Doughty Street fields a team of prison law practitioners across all call levels who have the additional expertise needed in all related fields such as human rights, immigration, national security, inquests, mental health law and community care.

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