Chambers of Leonie Hirst




Law into practice

Leonie Hirst

I am a barrister with ten years' experience now practising as a sole practitioner. I have a broad-based public law and human rights practice specialising in deprivation of liberty and unlawful detention cases.


Recent reported cases include:


  • R (X) v SSHD [2016] EWHC 1997 (Admin): Detention of an EU national held to be unlawful from the outset as in breach of European law.


  • R (Cyrus) v SSHD [2016] EWHC 918 (Admin):A deportation order made pursuant to an unlawful certification decision was found to be unlawful. The High Court subsequently quashed the deportation order.


  • R (Gomes) v SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 373: The Court of Appeal upheld the claimant's appeal, finding that there was no lawful authority to detain her following her successful appeal against deportation


  • R (Weddle) v SSJ [2016] EWCA Civ 38: The Court of Appeal upheld the Secretary of State's appeal in a challenge to the failure to provide a long-serving life-sentenced prisoner with offending behaviour work.


  • W City Council v Mrs L [2015] EWCOP 20: Acting for the local authority in one of the first post-Cheshire West cases to consider the meaning of 'deprivation of liberty' in the family home


  • R (JM & Ors) v SSHD [2015] EWHC 3323 (Admin): Represeted one of the successful claimants in a challenge to the Detained Fast Track policy, which resulted in the suspension of the procedure and recognition by the Secretary of State that vulnerable asylum claimants were treated unfairly


  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG [2014] EUECJ C-400/12: A preliminary reference to the European Court of Justice on the meaning and application of Article 28 of the Citizens Directive (2004/38)






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