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Jed Pennington

Associate Solicitor

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Jed is a public law and human rights specialist, with a particular focus on judicial reviews and civil actions concerning immigration detention and migrant rights.

He acts for individuals, usually under legal aid, and has acted for NGOs in public interest judicial reviews using the costs capping regime. He has acted in a number of high profile immigration detention judicial reviews, inquests arising from immigration and mental health detention, and family reunification judicial reviews under the Dublin III Regulation. He also has extensive experience of negotiating settlements in damages claims against state authorities.

Jed is ranked in Chambers & Partners 2022 in the Administrative & Public Law (Band 3) and Civil Liberties & Human Rights (Band 4). The 2022 edition states “He is a really smart lawyer who is dedicated to defending the rights of the voiceless in society” and “He’s a very good public law solicitor”; the 2021 edition states “A commentator says: ‘He is a very technical lawyer and has an extraordinary knowledge of the law’”; and the 2020 edition states “Commentators consider him a ‘phenomenal lawyer’ and ‘one of the leaders in this field, specifically on immigration detention’”. He is also ranked as a “rising star” in the Legal 500 2022 Administrative and Public Law category. He received an award at the 2012 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in recognition of his work with vulnerable immigration detainees.

He has extensive experience of delivering training on the law and practice of litigating immigration detention claims. He co-authored updates on immigration detention for LAG from 2013 to 2020 and is a regular contributor to the Free Movement website. He was co-convenor of ILPA’s removals, detention and offences working group for a number of years, and has been a trustee for Detention Action and ILPA. He has worked with NGOs on submissions to government consultations and inquiries.

Jed completed his training at Wilsons before working at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors from 2010 to 2020 where he was appointed a salaried partner. He then worked at the Migrants’ Law Project at Islington Law Centre before re-joining Wilsons in August 2021. He has a law degree from the University of Cambridge and completed the LPC at the College of Law.

Memberships: ALBA, ILPA

Interests: cooking, swimming, cycling