Jed Pennington

Jed is a public law and human rights specialist, with a particular focus on immigration detention and inquests.

He acts for individuals and NGOs, and is committed securing access to justice regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, usually through legal aid. He has experience of securing costs protection for NGOs through the costs capping order regime.

Work highlights include: representing NGO Medical Justice in a judicial review of statutory guidance on the detention of vulnerable persons; a series of judicial reviews on behalf vulnerable immigration detainees, including 3 cases with unprecedented findings that conditions of detention were inhuman and degrading; a series of judicial reviews on behalf of vulnerable families and young people under the Dublin 3 Regulation, which led to reunification with family members in the UK; and inquests relating to deaths in immigration and mental health detention. He has also has extensive experience in negotiating financial settlements on behalf of victims of abuses of state power.

Jed regularly provides training on his areas of practice and writes journal articles, including co-authoring regular immigration detention updates for Legal Action. He is co-convenor of ILPA’s removals, detention and offences working group and has been a trustee for ILPA and Detention Action. He seeks to ensure that learning from casework leads to change at a policy level, by working closely with NGOs and contributing to government consultations and inquiries.

Jed is ranked in the Administrative & Public Law and Civil Liberties & Human Rights categories in Chambers & Partners. He has been described as ‘a rising star in the field of public law’ (Chambers & Partners 2018) and ‘a leading light in immigration detention work’ (Legal 500). He was named as young legal aid solicitor at the 2012 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in recognition of his work with vulnerable immigration detainees.

Jed joined Bhatt Murphy upon qualifying as a solicitor in April 2010, having worked in the immigration field for five years. He completed his training at Wilsons Solicitors.

  • Jed Pennington
Jed Pennington, photo Sarah Booker


He is noted by clients for his "dedication, humanity, and vast knowledge of the field."

Chambers and Partners 2019


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