Actions against the Police

The Police have a duty to serve and protect the public and for the most part do this well. However, where the Police have acted unfairly, or even illegally, we can assist you in holding the Police to account.

A police complaint is typically the first step in bringing an action against the police. Our criminal defence team is experienced in dealing with police forces, both locally and nationally. We have a track record of obtaining successful outcomes for our clients, such as:

  • obtaining formal written apologies;
  • bringing disciplinary/management action against officers;
  • removal of DNA and other records from police databases.

Our expert lawyers are able to assist with all aspects of the complaints process, from guiding you through the initial complaint to the Police’s Professional Standards Department, through to an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and, if necessary, a Judicial Review of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s decision.

Clients often come to us with reports of the police failing to investigate a crime. The IPCC is an independent body which can investigate these reports and, if the complaints are upheld, can advise the relevant police force to investigate the crime or take some other action in response to their failings.

Sometimes an apology for mistreatment may not be enough and you may feel that you should be compensated for the unfair or illegal conduct of the police. Our experienced lawyers can bring civil claims for compensation against the police on your behalf and we may be able to recover significant damages for you as a result.

Our experienced team can provide advice and representation in the following common areas of complaint:

  • Wrongful arrest and False Imprisonment
  • Failure to investigate
  • Harassment by Police Officers
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Assault and Excessive Force
  • Mistreatment at the police station
  • Discrimination
  • Unlawful stop and search

We represent clients on a private basis for actions against the police claims. We offer a fixed fee for the initial stage, which will cover the following work:

– initial consideration of your case (consideration of all material, correspondence and evidence);

– formal written advice on the existence of grounds for claim and prospects of success;

– where that advice is positive, drafting a submitting a pre-action letter to the police.

We can also create bespoke fee estimates where the handling of a file needs to be more tailored. If your case does proceed past the point of a pre-action letter, for example, to mediation, settlement discussions or a court hearing, we offer a range of ‘no win, no fee’ funding arrangements.

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