It is hard to know where to begin. So I will start with a meeting in a basement somewhere in London in 2013, talking to Hamish Arnott about impending cuts to legal aid for prisoners. Hamish (who, with fellow Bhatt Murphy partner, Simon Creighton, is a long-time Legal Action author on prison law) agreed we really should bring a legal challenge against the cuts.
Four years later, working tirelessly under a conditional fee agreement, Bhatt Murphy won the first case against legal aid cuts in the Court of Appeal to lead to an area of law coming back into scope (R (Howard League and Prisoners' Advice Service) v Lord Chancellor  EWCA Civ 244
). The pre-eminence of Bhatt Murphy’s work in prison law is most aptly illustrated by the LALY nominations for 2016, which included Simon and his former trainee, Jane Ryan (another Legal Action
contributor), in the shortlist for public law (see June 2016 Legal Action
My gratitude to Bhatt Murphy for its ground-breaking work in prisoners’ rights over the past 20 years would surely be matched by others in fields such as inquests, immigration detention, abortion rights, actions against the police and public law generally. From Jed Pennington’s (also a Legal Action
author) Medical Justice
case that dealt with the definition of torture (Medical Justice and others v SSHD  EWHC 2461 (Admin)
) to the first High Court case in this jurisdiction to challenge the police for failing to protect trafficked women (OOO and others v CPM  EWHC 1246 (QB)
) brought by Tony Murphy (again, a Legal Action
author), Bhatt Murphy’s cases have changed and developed the law for the good.