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What is police assault?

What is police assault?

Police assault occurs when a police officer uses excessive or unnecessary force during arrest or when restraining a person. Any physical force used in the course of a police officer carrying out their lawful duties must be necessary, reasonable, and proportionate.

If an officer is found to have used excessive force when arresting or restraining an individual – which also considers the use of batons, tear gas, taser guns, or firearms – then it may be considered to be assault.

Also, if the arrest is found to be unlawful, any restraint on an individual could then technically be considered an assault.

Any action which causes an individual to fear for their physical safety (such as a police officer raising their baton) may in itself constitute assault, even without any actual physical contact. If physical contact is also made, this may be considered battery.




Specialists in police assault claims

Specialists in police assault claims

Our team at Hudgell Solicitors have supported many clients in claims against police assault and battery during an arrest.

Using our wealth of knowledge and expertise, we will give you straightforward and honest advice so that you know all of your options.

Even if you were lawfully arrested, you may have a claim for compensation if the force used by the police was excessive. If you were wrongly arrested, you could have a compensation claim for any use of handcuffs and the taking of your fingerprints and DNA.

We understand that for many, an acceptance of wrongdoing and an apology is just as important as any compensation settlement.

Read how we secured compensation for David Prosser after he was handcuffed, punched and kicked by officers.


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Securing the compensation you deserve

Securing the compensation you deserve

Our specialist civil liberties solicitors have years of knowledge and experience in claims for assault by police officers and can make all the difference in helping you to secure the compensation you deserve.

We pride ourselves on cutting through the legal jargon to give you regular updates in plain English. That way you’ll feel positive in the pursuit of your claim and truly understand your rights.

Get in touch with our expert civil liberties lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

We act on a “no win, no fee” basis, so it won’t cost you a penny to start the process of making a claim for wrongful police assault.


How to make a police assault injury claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in five easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Letter of Claim

We will send a letter to your opponent with details of your claim, setting out why we think they are at fault.

Step 4

Obtain Supporting Evidence & Expert Reports

We will request copies of any supporting documents for your claim and, if appropriate, instruct expert witnesses to provide an opinion in support of your case.

Step 5

Negotiate Settlement

We will review your opponent’s response to our letter of claim and update you on the merits of your claim and any valuation before making any settlement offers.

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Our client reviews

Client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgells have handled my claim brilliantly. From start to finish their solicitors have been professional and efficient. Great communication. Would highly recommend.
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Fantastic service. Rang based on an enquiry for advice relating to an on-going legal situation and received excellent clear advice and would definitely recommend this firm.
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Since Elizabeth Maliakal took over my case for medical negligence. I am pleased to say her service was outstanding. Her communication was excellent. She was always up to date and made sure to keep in touch with me regularly. Elizabeth made sure I understood what was happening and always answered my questions in depth. Coming from a foreign background, I struggle to articulate my thoughts and feelings because of the language barrier, but Elizabeth worked her way around this. I am grateful for all her hard work. Thank you to Elizabeth Maliakal and Hudgell Solicitors.
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Darrel Fuentebaja
Thank you to Hudgell Solicitors particularly Sarah Moore who was assigned to my case. I was kept well informed throughout the whole process via email and phone, and always received a prompt reply to any questions that I had. It took a long time for my case to come to close for various reasons but never during this time did I feel rushed or pressured into making a decision. Sarah was very empathetic and supported me throughout with her excellent level of knowledge and professionalism. Thank you again.
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Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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What do I do if I was assaulted by a police officer?

If you are assaulted by the police, it is important to remain calm and ask for the police officer’s name and identification, before seeking legal assistance.

If you are taken to a police station, you have a legal right to contact a solicitor and speak in private. You should communicate with your solicitor about what has happened then.

From here, you can make a formal complaint against the police officer. You can either make a complaint directly to the police force or through the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). If you make a complaint with the IOPC, it will be sent directly to the organisation involved.

The police force will assess your complaint and often issue an explanation. In some cases, they may need to carry out an investigation. You will be told how your complaint is being handled and how the decision will be reached. However, the complaint is handled, they must write to tell you the outcome and explain whether you can request a review or appeal.

How will Hudgells support me in bringing a claim for assault?

Here at Hudgell Solicitors, our experienced team have helped many people pursue claims of assault and battery by the police. During this difficult time, our expert solicitors are here for you every step of the way.

The process begins with an initial free, no-obligation chat about your circumstances. We will provide some initial advice and discuss whether you should in the first instance lodge a formal complaint against the police or pursue a police assault compensation claim. There is no commitment when contacting us, but it will enable our lawyers to assess whether your case can be taken forward and inform you what the next steps will be.

From here, a civil liberties specialist will be assigned and dedicated to supporting you through your case. Using clear, non-legal language, they will explain each step and describe what is needed from you through each stage of the claim.

Our representation will see us:

  • Carrying out initial fact-finding by discussing with you what happened, what went wrong, and the impact this has had on your life.
  • Advising on how you can report the assault using appropriate methods.
  • Request evidence including CCTV footage, witness statements, records, and more.
  • Communicate with all parties.
  • Discuss settlement agreements and possible outcomes of your case.

From here, we will help file your case and we will hold your hand throughout any court proceedings, if necessary.

What is the average compensation paid out for assault by police?

The amount of compensation you can receive in a police assault or battery case will largely depend on the individual circumstances of your case.

Factors that can affect the amount you receive include:

  • Whether you were struck using hands, batons, or other objects.
  • Whether a taser or tear gas was used.
  • The extent of your injuries.
  • Any emotional trauma.
  • If you have not been able to work as a result of your injuries.
  • If an assault left you with extremely serious injuries, you can receive as much as £500,000.

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Hudgell Solicitors comment on the Civil Justice Quarterly Statistics

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have now published the quarterly civil justice statistics covering July to September 2020. These latest stats show us that Civil Justice actions continue to remain below pre-Covid levels and in particular, County Court claims were down 47% on the same period in 2019 however this was driven by a 50% […]

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