Our criminal defence team 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 and dealing with prison law . 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 a number of prison law areas, including:
- Adjudications & Appeals
- Categorisation & Appeals
- Licence Recall & Conditions
- Lifer Hearings
- IPP Hearings
- Sentence Planning/Progression
- Sentence Calculation
- HDC Appeals
- Judicial Review
- Disciplinary Proceedings
- Prison transfers
- HDC pre-decision
- 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.
Prison Law 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.
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;
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.”