No win, no fee civil liberties claims
Be represented by an specialist lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful
Challenging injustice and breaches of your rights
If your rights have been breached by the police or any other state body or organisation, Hudgell Solicitors has an experienced team of civil liberties lawyers who can help you get justice.
We specialise in challenging the actions of the police, and failings which lead to avoidable deaths in prison, or as a result of negligent mental health care.
Specialists in actions against police, prisons & authorities
Challenging the actions of state bodies and organisations may feel a daunting prospect, but in Hudgell Solicitors, you can have a nationally recognised and widely accredited team of specialists fighting on your behalf for justice.
We have a team of experienced lawyers who specialise in actions against the police, supporting clients who have been wrongfully arrested, detained, or assaulted, and families who have lost loved ones due to failures in police procedures and investigations.
Our solicitors also have vast experience of investigating the circumstances around avoidable deaths in prison, supporting families at inquests and bringing claims against the Ministry of Justice.
We have also supported many families let down by the care provided by NHS Mental Health Trusts to their loved ones, leading to their relatives sadly losing their lives.
No matter what injustice you’ve suffered at the hands of the state, our lawyers will do all they can to ensure the right party is held accountable.
Holding people to account and getting answers
Our solicitors always aim to discover the full circumstances of what happened to ensure those responsible are fully held to account.
Our work often includes:
- Carrying out initial fact-finding by discussing what happened with you.
- Securing important documents, evidence and information from authorities relating to your case.
- Ensuring your questions are answered and that lessons are learnt by the relevant authorities.
- Fighting for admissions of errors and breaches of your rights.
- Supporting families at hearings and inquests.
- Discussing settlement agreements and possible outcomes of your case.
- Securing the maximum possible compensation settlements.
How to make a civil liberties claim
Make a claim in five easy steps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Families of Stephen Port’s victims say gross misconduct investigation into Met Police officers must be ‘full and fearless’ and have ‘complete cooperation’
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has today confirmed it is investigating five current and three former Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers for gross misconduct. It comes as part of a re-investigation into how the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were originally handled by the force. The four […]
‘My daughter should have been in hospital, not a cell’ – Inquest hears woman who died in custody may have survived had officers called for medical help
The mother of a 43-year-old woman who died when locked in a Kent Police station cell has welcomed a jury’s conclusion that police officers’ failure to ensure she was medically assessed may have cost her life. Mother-of-four Debbie Padley had been taken to Tonbridge Police Station’s custody suite following a domestic incident at her home […]
Family of mother-of-four who died in police custody hope inquest will shed light on officers’ ‘lack of care’
The family of a 43-year-old mother who died in a Kent Police station believe a lack of professional care by officers may have contributed to her death after she was taken into custody following a domestic incident. Debbie Padley was taken to Tonbridge Police Station on the evening of 23rd July 2021 but 17 hours […]
Mother of man who died after being restrained says it has taken ‘two years of legal fighting’ to bring case to criminal courts
The mother of a man who died after being restrained in Manchester Victoria Station says she has had to fight for two years to ensure the circumstances of his death ‘comes under the full scrutiny of the criminal courts’. Jack Barnes, a 29-year-old father from Hull, died after being chased and restrained by staff working […]
Damages for man who was arrested, locked in a police cell overnight and taken to court in case of mistaken identity
A Bedfordshire man has been awarded £5,900 damages after being wrongfully arrested, held in a police cell overnight and taken to court in a case of mistaken identity, The man, of Dunstable, was arrested at home in February and told by officers that it related to his failure to attend a court appearance relating to […]
Father arrested and handcuffed while on his way to collect children from school awarded compensation for police assault claim
A father who was handcuffed and arrested while on his way to collect his children from school has been awarded compensation from a police force following a claim for assault. The man, who runs his own business in Brough in East Riding of Yorkshire, said he suffered bruising and nerve injury to his arm after […]
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Concerns rightly raised over training and increased risk to life amid rapid rise in police use of Taser guns
In our work, involving scrutinising the actions of police officers and forces in their dealings with the public, we are often posed with the question as to what constitutes a ‘reasonable’, ‘appropriate’ and ‘proportionate’ police response. A sharp increase in the use of Taser stun guns on members of the public suggests that police forces […]
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% […]
The simple answer is yes, you can. It is important that your solicitor has the relevant experience and expertise to deal with your claim, and that you feel confident they are working in your best interests at all times. When finding yourself in need of legal advice, you quite rightly expect an excellent service from […]