Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Legal Representatives

Making a Referral

Legal representatives making a referral should complete a referral form. Formal instructions to the doctor should be clear as to the purposes of the report (e.g. questions to be addressed) and the time frame.

It is essential that the doctor writing a medico-legal report (MLR) is in possession of all relevant documents. Doctors providing expert MLRs need a full set of legal papers in soft-copy. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Statement of evidence form (interview)
  • Witness statement by the detainee
  • Reasons for refusal letter from UKBA
  • Determination and reasons
  • Previous medical documents and reports (if any)

Please give reasons why any may not be available.


Our fees are in line with those charged by other leading experts in the field. We provide some reports pro-bono and do not prioritise referrals on the basis of whether funding is available. Fees include travel and waiting time costs but not court attendance.

Time Scales

Medical Justice aims to provide MLRs and letters within 3 weeks of seeing the client. If the reports are needed urgently, we will do our best to meet any reasonable deadline if details are provided at the earliest opportunity.


If the client requires an interpreter, the legal representative must provide one. For a detention visit the full name of the interpreter who will accompany the doctor into the detention centre must be provided so they can be booked in at the detention centre. We also need a mobile telephone number for the interpreter.

If a Legal Representative Ceases Representing the Client

If the instructing solicitor ceases to represent the client, Medical Justice should be notified as soon as possible. Unless otherwise agreed by Medical Justice, the instructing party will remain liable for any and all relevant charges.


"Medical Justice, through its strategic legal work has also built up a body of principles in the case law that we lawyers can rely and build on in all cases, pushing for the judges to be more progressive on this issue. Anyone who has ever worked with them immigration detainee who has been helped by medical justice cannot but be inspired by the direct path of impact medical justice can have and by the lifeline that medical justice represents the detainees in the most desperate situations."