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Irene Tolley

Irene Tolley

nottingham prison law specialist Irene Tolley
Head of Prison Law Department Irene Tolley

Irene has been undertaking criminal work for about 40 years, initially assisting clients at the police station, preparing Magistrates’ Court cases and undertaking Crown Court litigation. She headed the Crown Court department at VHS until 2007.

She holds the PSQ permitting her to represent clients in the police station who have requested the Duty Solicitor.

Since 2007, Irene has concentrated upon providing quality advice and representation in prison law matters. She is a well-known representative at many prisons across the country owing to the length of time that she has been involved in criminal work.

Her passion about prison law will be obvious to all clients who meet her, as will be her ability to deal with a wide range of issues arising from a client’s situation in custody. These can include parole, recall, adjudications or re-categorisation. Initial advice will always be given as to whether legal aid is available to assist with these matters, but if not then she will undertake the work at competitive private rates.

Irene has had significant successes undertaking advocacy before the Independent Adjudicator and Parole Board. Where appropriate she will select skilled independent counsel to make such representations on a client’s behalf. In addition, she has successfully fought challenges by way of Judicial Review against prison governors, the Parole Board, the Secretary of State for Justice and Independent Adjudicators.

Irene is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers.

Contact:

Nottingham Office:
111 Carrington Street,
Nottingham,
NG1 7FE

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: Irene.tolley@vhsfletchers.co.uk

Case of J. Successful in persuading the Parole Board to release the client on parole even though he had only just been downgraded from Category A status two weeks before. He had served 15 years, all of that time within the High Security Estate.

Case of B. Successful Judicial Review of a decision of an Independent Adjudicator who had imposed an additional sentence upon a serving prisoner. The sentence was quashed.

Case or P.  Successful application for client to be moved to open conditions. Read more here.

Case of B. Successful application for release on parole despite lack of support by relevant parties.  Read more here

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