Rikki Garg

Rikki Garg has been in practice for over 20 years and specialises in prison, mental health and community care law. He also takes public law challenges on matters arising from these areas of work. Rikki was a Director and practice manager for Scomo 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 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 (and current Chair) 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.  

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, a severely disabled prisoner who was then 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’.