Ceri is a Senior Associate and the Deputy Head of the Human Rights department, representing individuals and families who have been the victims of failings or misconduct in the criminal justice system and beyond.
Ceri is experienced in acting in cases against prisons, police forces, the Home Office, the IOPC, the Parole Board, probation, healthcare/care providers, and other public bodies. Her work covers civil claims, judicial reviews and complaints. She also represents family members at inquests where state failings are involved, particularly deaths in custody. Ceri has particular expertise in cases against prisons and in the context of immigration powers.
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, history of trauma, experience of discrimination, or otherwise.
Ceri has been noted in the Legal 500 for her work in public law proceedings involving the police, prisons and the Home Office, and her work on death in custody inquests.
Key work highlights include: ·
- The case of R (Jalloh (formerly Jollah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 4, a successful test case in the Supreme Court on the scope of false imprisonment and Article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights
- Leading a group civil claim for over 50 individuals unlawfully strip searched in a women’s prison, often repeatedly
- 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
- Securing an early admission of liability and a £50,000 settlement for a highly vulnerable prisoner raped by his cellmate in prison, as well as agreement to put in place steps to keep him safe in the future
- Claims by victims of the Windrush scandal
- Cases involving two young people assaulted by prison officers in very similar circumstances on the segregation unit at a prison, which resulted in findings of excessive force, a five-figure settlement and, with Jag Bahra, a police re-investigation of the officers for GBH
- Assisting Nia Williams on the long-running inquest into the death of Terry Smith where the jury returned a verdict finding serious failings by Surrey police and on the Hillsborough misfeasance claim
As Deputy Head of the department, Ceri has particular responsibility for managing the firm’s legal aid work.
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.