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Welcome to Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

Bhatt Murphy is a team of lawyers who work together to make a contribution to the protection of civil liberties.

We offer specialist help to members of the public who seek accountability from the state and its officers. Our focus is upon the treatment of individuals by the criminal justice system (including the police, the prison service and the prosecuting agencies) as well as those within immigration detention.

We are motivated by the needs of our clients and use the law as a tool to assist in the realisation of their objectives. We aim to deliver a high quality legal service irrespective of our client’s ability to pay. We seek to contribute to the progressive development of the law and to the protection of civil liberties outside the courts.

We rely upon a collaborative style to ensure that our clients benefit from the commitment of their own individual lawyer as well as the creativity and innovation of the entire team.

Immigration detainees in prison

On 20 November 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Idira v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1187. The Appellant did not succeed in establishing that detention of immigration detainees in prison rather than an IRC breaches Article 5(1)(f) ECHR but gives important guidance about the circumstances in which this may become unlawful. Jane Ryan acted for the Appellant with Richard Drabble QC and Graham Denholm of Landmark chambers. Read more about Immigration detainees in prison

UN Intervention in Belhaj appeal

Mark Scott acted for Interveners from the United Nations at the appeal heard before the Supreme Court on 9 – 12 November 2015. The case was concerned with whether a former opponent of Colonel Gaddafi could bring a claim against the British Government for alleged complicity in his rendition to and subsequent torture in Libya. Read more about UN Intervention in Belhaj appeal

Bhatt Murphy client profiled in Vice article

Vice Magazine has published an article on the failure of the police complaints process using a Bhatt Murphy client as a case study. Sophie Naftalin acted for Omar Mohamud, a victim of a racially motivated attack, in his complaint and civil claim against the Metropolitan Police Service. Omar eventually received an apology and an award of damages. Read more about Bhatt Murphy client profiled in Vice article

Legal 500
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You will find downloads and links to judgments, policy documents and backgound information concerning our cases.
Inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga
Read the transcripts from the inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga here.