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Ceri Lloyd-Hughes

Ceri Lloyd-Hughes Solicitor Deputy Head of Claims against the Police and Civil Liberties 0207 632 4300

Ceri is the Deputy Head of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, representing individuals and families who have been the victims of failings or misconduct in the criminal justice system, state detention and the immigration system.

Ceri is experienced in acting in cases against prisons, police forces, the Home Office, the IPCC, the Parole Board, probation, healthcare/care providers, and other public bodies. She acts in civil claims, judicial reviews and complaints. She also represents family members at inquests where state failings are alleged, particularly deaths in custody.  The rights of children and young people in the criminal justice system are one of Ceri's key areas of interest and experience. Ceri also has particular expertise in cases against prisons and in the context of immigration.

Ceri fights hard on behalf of her clients to empower them to hold the state and public authorities to account. Her clients are often vulnerable due to their age, mental health issues, learning disability, being a victim of violence, experience of discrimination, or otherwise.

Ceri is noted in the Legal 500 for her work in public law proceedings involving the police, prisons and the Home Office.

Key work highlights include leading a group civil claim for over 40 women unlawfully strip searched in prison; a test case currently in the Supreme Court on the scope of false imprisonment and article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights; an immigration detention claim resulting in a full admission of liability, an apology, grant of indefinite leave to remain and a six-figure settlement sum; claims by victims of the Windrush scandal; and cases involving two young people assaulted by prison officers in very similar circumstances on the segregation unit at a Young Offender’s Institution. Ceri also assists Nia Williams on the Hillsborough misfeasance claim and in the inquest into the death of Terry Smith where the jury returned a verdict finding serious failings by Surrey police in what is thought to be the longest individual inquest ever held in the UK.

As Deputy Head of the department, Ceri has particular responsibility for legal aid.

Prior to joining Saunders Law, Ceri worked in the legal team of the Howard League for Penal Reform, advising and representing children and young people in custody on prison law, human rights, judicial review, community care and criminal appeal matters. As part of this role Ceri represented clients in front of the Parole Board and at independent adjudications, and campaigned for prison reform. This followed the completion of her training contract at Fisher Meredith Solicitors, where she worked in a broad range of areas of law. This included civil, human rights and discrimination claims against police, prisons and other public bodies; judicial review claims; prison law; and abuse claims. Ceri has also worked as a civil litigation and human rights paralegal at Hickman & Rose Solicitors and at the Fundamental Rights & Rights of the Child Unit of the EU Commission. Ceri brings this range of experience to bear on her clients’ cases.

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