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Category Archives: Prison Law

Swain & Co featured in Legal 500 once again this year.

The 2016 edition of Legal 500 has today been released and we are delighted to announce we are in it again for the 4th year running. It is always a pleasure and honour to be listed in Legal 500 as it evidences we are at the forefront of protecting civil liberties and advancing public law…
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Against the odds Parole result

Dean recently represented a long-standing client before the Parole Board for his pre-tariff review. The hearing took place over two separate days as on the first occasion, the Panel had not been provided with a full copy of the parole dossier and were given a security report with the Offender Supervisor’s handwritten notes, which contained…
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IPP Sentence Quashed leads to Client’s release from Prison

Dean was in the Court of Appeal with Counsel David Rhodes of Doughty Street Chambers to argue that our client had wrongly been given an IPP sentence. The Court led by Lord Justice Fulford accepted the ground of appeal advanced and quashed the IPP sentence. They substituted it for an Extended Sentence, which meant our client was…
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Why Dean Kingham should be hired?

Dean recently represented a Category A Client and this is how the client explains Dean. “Dean has acted for me on several points regarding my Category A Status and has been a great help. He is efficient and knowledgeable and it is a great pity that public funding for most prison related case is to…
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Release in cold case review case.

Dean represented a client who was arrested for a sexual offence committed some 20 years previously. He was later convicted, sentenced and was before the Parole Board whom were considering to release him at his parole eligibility date, in essence early release. His Probation Officer did not support release on the basis that the client…
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Why do you need Dean representing you before the Parole Board?

Dean, appeared before the Parole Board for a category B client detained in the Dangerous and Severe Personality Unit at a maximum security prison. Our client has Asperger’s syndrome. He is serving a double life sentence one of which was committed whilst in prison due to not being able to cope in a mainstream prison. He…
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Dean gives long-term lifer who has served 39 years a wonderful Christmas

Just before Christmas, Dean represented a lifer whom had served 39 years and was significantly past his tariff and successfully argued for his progressive move to open conditions. Our client maintains his innocence of murder. His Probation Officer whom had never met him opposed his release.  She has only spoken to him by video link twice…
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Client allowed home rather than to Approved Premises

Dean has recently successfully secured the release of a client to his home address rather than being required to reside in Approved Premises for a minimum of 3 months. The client serving an extended sentence had been in open conditions for a period of roughly 2 years. He was serving his sentence for violence and…
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