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Prison Law

You may lose your freedom, but you don’t lose your rights.

The fact you are in prison doesn’t mean that you don’t have any rights. We can help protect those rights and ensure that you are fully and fairly represented within the prison system, assisting with anything from parole hearings to categorisation reviews.

We understand that all our clients are different, with different needs, and that some people may require additional support if they are feeling particularly vulnerable or unable to cope with prison life. To Howells, you’re a lot more than a number and we work hard to tailor our services to the person behind the prisoner.

How we can help

Howells has an impressive record in challenging the Prison Service in many areas. Our experienced advocates represent prisoners before the Independent Adjudicator, Parole Board and other bodies regularly.

We can assist with:

  • Parole
  • Adjudications & Appeals
  • Categorisation & Appeals
  • Licence Recall & Conditions
  • Lifer Hearings
  • IPP Hearings
  • Sentence Planning/Progression
  • Sentence Calculation
  • HDC Appeals
  • Judicial Review
  • Complaints
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Prison transfers
  • HDC pre-decision
  • Healthcare
  • Closed visits
  • Banned visitors
  • Prison related issues

Where practical, we will arrange to see prisoners face-to-face or by video link as soon as possible.

Costs

We will provide clear guidance on costs at the outset of the case and examine funding options such as Legal Aid to ensure the quality advice you need is accessible and affordable.

Clients can contact us on our Freephone number – 0800 531 6040

The Prison Law team

Our Prison Law Team is one of the country’s biggest and best. It’s part of a criminal defence team that is a highly experienced, successful and resourceful unit, focused on getting the best possible outcome for its clients. They are consistently rated highly in the prestigious Chambers Guide to the Law and Legal 500;

Chambers 2019
The prestigious Chambers Guide ranks Howells Criminal department as a top tier firm in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

Legal 500 2018
Howells Criminal department is highly ranked by Legal 500 2018 saying “Howells’ ‘very approachable and helpful’ criminal department has capabilities to handle a range of complex matters, with particular experience in public order law, judicial review, advising youth offenders, and cases with a civil liberties, human rights or mental health considerations. John Gibson is regularly instructed by individuals accused of serious crimes, and leads the practice, which also includes the ‘patient and supportive and extremely knowledgeable’ Chris Wong. Wong is recommended for defending clients facing extradition. Rotherham-based Mary Rose Macadam has particular expertise in prison law, parole board work, youth court representations and cases including a mental health element.”

Please click here to view the criminal law team staff profiles