Bhatt Murphy

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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What the team is known for Substantial expertise in claims involving police custody, prisoner rights, immigration detention and other instances of individuals being detained by state agencies. Active in bringing challenges to the government's asylum policy and state surveillance. Acts in judicial reviews, inquests, public inquiries and human rights claims on behalf of individuals and NGOs.

Strengths In the words of a highly impressed interviewee, "they're extremely creative and engaged with issues and they're not afraid to take points of public interest in a brave and bold but measured way. They're also extremely legally intelligent in their analysis. Opponents react differently to a claim brought by Bhatt Murphy than by a less rigorous firm."

A commentator deems Bhatt Murphy a "market-leading firm for claims involving the police and for protesters, detainees and families of those who have died in custody."

"Bhatt Murphy continues to be massively strong in all things judicial review, inquest and public inquiry," comments a source.

Work highlights Acted for a prisoner sentenced under imprisonment for public protection in a successful judicial review of the Parole Board's refusal to release him after he served nearly three times his minimum term.

Notable practitioners

Hamish Arnott combines his civil liberties expertise and public law nous to bring challenges on behalf of prisoners and immigration detainees.

Janet Farrell is an "up-and-coming public lawyer who is phenomenally hard-working and dedicated," according to an impressed source. Another comments: "She's one of the most meticulous solicitors I know. She leaves no stone unturned. Her letters before claim would terrify me if I were a defendant as she knows exactly where the case's weaknesses are and deals with them head on. She's so comprehensive and thoughtful about her argument and really will fight tooth and nail for her client." She focuses on representing those detained under immigration law, particularly vulnerable groups such as children and victims of torture.

Jed Pennington is a recognised immigration detention specialist who is sought after by individuals and NGOs seeking to challenge the lawfulness of Home Office policy and actions. He impresses sources with his "drive and strength at strategic, big-picture litigation."

Mark Scott is lauded by sources for being "exceptionally meticulous,""phenomenal in terms of strategy" and "able to look at angles most solicitors don't." He has vast experience in bringing public law challenges to state bodies and assisting bereaved families in inquests. According to an impressed commentator, "he's extremely sharp and utterly relentless. He has good relationships with counsel but also a firm, clear idea of what he wants to achieve for the client."

Raju Bhatt has a long and respected track record of representing individuals in their challenges to the actions of the police and prison service.

Simon Creighton is a prison law specialist who regularly brings public law and human rights challenges on behalf of prisoners, often those serving a life sentence. He is described by a source as "organised, extremely intelligent and able to address any factual issue that needs to be investigated."

Tony Murphy is a go-to for individuals on any matter concerning alleged mistreatment by public authorities such as the police. This includes acting for victims of trafficking in immigration detention and representing families at inquests into the deaths of loved ones in custody or restraint.