Rikki Garg
  • Location: London City & Croydon
  • Role: Consultant Advocate
  • Practice Area: Prison Law and Mental Health

Professional history:

Human Rights, Public law, Prison law, Appeals, Community Care and Mental health

Practice Areas Include:

• Prison Law
• Mental Health Law
• Public Law
• Human Rights
• Appeals

Legal Experience

Rikki Garg has been in practice for over 25 years and specialises in prison / mental health / appeals and community care law. He also takes public law challenges on matters arising from these areas of work.

Up until recently, Rikki was a Director for another practice as well as the Practice Manger until 2014.
Having commenced practice in Criminal law and as an accredited police station representative, Rikki decided to focus on the rights of people in detention. He has been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel since 1995.
He was the chairman of the Prisoners Advice Service, a not-for-profit organisation, providing legal advice to serving prisoners from 2006 to 2014.
He was a founding member of the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL) which was established to ensure a high a quality standard for prison law representatives as well as working with key agencies in the development of this area of law.
He is a committee member for Crime in Mind which is a charity looking provides research in to Forensic Psychiatry and develop more effective, evidenced interventions for recovery and restoration of safety for those with a mental disorder.

His reported cases include:

• SSHD v MHRT & BR [2005] EWCA Civ 1616
• SSHD v MHRT & BR [2005] EWHC 2468 (Admin)
• (Wyles) v Parole Board [2006] EWHC 493 (Admin)
• (Mills) v (1) Home Secretary (2) Parole Board [2005] EWHC 2508 (Admin)
• R (M) v Ministry of Justice EWHC (Admin)

Recently, Rikki also represented Daniel Roque Hall, the case of a severely disabled prisoner who was released from prison.

Rikki has also written and trained on issues related to both mental health and prison law. Chambers have rated Rikki a leading civil liberties lawyer described him as ‘a lawyer with a long experience and deep knowledge of the area’.

Memberships

Rikki is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel.

Interests:

Rugby, Reading, Classical music and Opera

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