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Jed Pennington


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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 2021 in the Administrative & Public Law (Band 3) and Civil Liberties & Human Rights (Band 4) categories in Chambers & Partners. 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 2021 Administrative and Public Law category. He was named as young legal aid solicitor of the year 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 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. He then worked on family reunification cases at the Migrants’ Law Project 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.

Interests: cooking, cycling, hiking and swimming.