DWF's Justice and Privatised Services' civil claims team is one of the most experienced in the UK and is led by a market leading partner to private contractors servicing the Prisons sector.
DWF acted for a private prison provider who appealed against a judge's decision, dismissing its application for summary judgment and/or strike out of the Claimant mother's claim (as the administrator of her deceased son's estate) for damages, under Article 2 of ECHR, in respect of the son's death of a drug overdose whilst in a prison.
In allowing the appeal, it was held that the judge had not applied the Osman test correctly and there was no realistic prospect of the Claimant showing that there had been a real and immediate risk to her son's life, of which the prison should have been aware of. Accordingly, G4S's application for summary judgment was granted.
DWF successfully defended a private prison in relation to an alleged breaches of Articles 2, 3, 7, 8 and 14 of the ECHR, false imprisonment, medical negligence, age discrimination, sexual and verbal abuse and torture. The claim was dismissed following a three day trial.
A Claimant was subject to the prison adjudication process and was ordered to spend 21 days in segregation as he sent a sexually explicit Christmas card to a female officer in contravention of Prison Rule 51. His claim pursuant to Article 6 of ECHR was dismissed at trial.
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