‘A Practical Guide to Prison Injury Claims’ by Malcolm Johnson


Paperback: 978-1-912687-30-5
Published: August 2019
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This book is intended to give practitioners an idea as to how the prison system works, and how to build a personal injury claim in circumstances that can be very challenging indeed. It is concerned mainly with injury claims brought by both prisoners and the people who work in prisons.

Claims by prisoners frequently rely on different causes of action, such as negligence, trespass to the person, misfeasance in public office and human rights.

As a number of reports and court judgments on the prison system have shown, prisons can be highly secretive places, cut off from the outside world, where abuse and corruption can flourish unchecked. It is generally accepted by the courts that prisoners are highly vulnerable people, who require a high degree of protection.


Malcolm Johnson qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He works for Hudgell Solicitors as a Senior Solicitor. He is a solicitor advocate, who has represented his clients at trial, inquests, in the Upper Tier Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Malcolm is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. He is also the co-ordinator of APIL’s Child Injury Special Interest Group. He is the author of “Child Abuse Compensation Claims” published by Jordans. He has written numerous articles in the legal press. Malcolm also advises Coram Voice, a London based charity who support children in care. He is one of the authors of “Complaints for Advocates” published by Pavilion.


Chapter One – An Introduction to Injury Claims in Prison
Chapter Two – How the Prison Service Works
Chapter Three – Prison Records – Where to Find the Evidence
Chapter Four – The Different Types of Claim
Chapter Five – Caselaw
Chapter Six – Damages
Chapter Seven – Deaths in Prison
Chapter Eight – Procedural and Practical Matters in Litigation
Chapter Nine – Funding for Claims
Chapter Ten – Complaints About Prisons