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Unlawful Detention

We are very experienced in representing clients who are detained by the Home Office.   

Immigration detention is the policy of holding individuals suspected of visa violations, illegal entry or unauthorised arrival and those subject to deportation and removal. Mandatory detention is the practice of compulsorily detaining or imprisoning people seeking asylum, or who are considered to be illegal immigrants or unauthorised arrivals into a country.

As UK Solicitors, we know that immigration law is complicated, not least because the rules change frequently.  Legal representation is essential to ensure that the rules are applied correctly in each case and to this end we can offer a professional service.   

We can assist in securing release from detention and obtaining financial compensation if we prove that any of the period of detention was unlawful.  We are specialists in assessing the legality of detained persons under the UK Immigration Acts and can offer our immigration services in these matters. We can:

  • Assess the legality of detention and the making of a claim for damages.
  • Apply for temporary admission (release).
  • Arrange representation at bail hearings.

If you consider that you have been detained for an unreasonable period of time or that you are being detained with no likelihood of you being removed from the UK you should contact us immediately.  

We have successfully represented a large number of people detained under immigration rules in immigration removal centres. We frequently obtain High Court and Upper Tribunal injunctions for release and compensation for historic unlawful detention.   We have a high success rate in securing detainees’ release and substantial awards of compensation.

We represent clients on private, legal aid, No-Win Low Fee, No-Win No-Fee and pro bono basis. 

If you are currently detained by the Home Office, please contact us so that we can consider how we can assist you in securing your release by way of making a bail application or an application to the Administrative Court to secure your release and obtain compensation for you.

If you have been detained by the Home Office in the last 6 years and you believe that you should not have been, please contact us so that we can consider whether you can sue the Home Office and secure compensation for your unlawful detention.

If you are a charity organisation assisting detainees in immigration removal centres and you believe that the detainee needs assistance to be released on either bail or by securing an order from the Administrative Court, please feel free to contact us so that we can consider the detainee’s case.

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About BHD

We specialise in every aspect of immigration, asylum and human rights law involving migrants and have been involved in several cases that have played a part in shaping the interpretation of the law in the UK.

We employ expert immigration solicitors and benefit from having experienced in-house counsel to consult. Our firm offers a range of legal services, including advocacy at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


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