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We support our clients in taking civil action against the police, holding the force to account for unfair and illegal treatment. Our experienced solicitors handle many police complaints, including failures individual officers have made in the line of duty. Whether you’ve been wrongfully arrested and detained or have been a victim of battery and assault, we’ll challenge those responsible and seek a favourable settlement for the physical injuries and psychological trauma you’ve suffered. If you have been a victim of any form of police misconduct or action which has resulted in your civil liberties or human rights being infringed then you could be entitled to compensation.

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Civil Liberties Compensation Claims

If your rights have been abused by the police or the state, Hudgell Solicitors can help you get justice. Our human rights solicitors specialise in police complaints and civil actions, holding authorities to account for unlawful actions and abuses of power that breach your freedom and liberty.

We understand that challenging the police and the state can be difficult. Our experienced solicitors will assess your case and develop a strategy to put right the state’s failings, offering support and guidance at every stage of the process.

With a high success rate in securing justice for those affected by misconduct and abuse, we empower people to challenge authorities whose actions have infringed on their civil liberties and human rights. 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.

Specialists in Civil Liberties

Challenging the state in cases of public law can be daunting. Our solicitors are here to act on your behalf, bringing robust action against government and public bodies when they have acted unlawfully. We challenge the law through judicial review, seeking to secure compensation and justice for human rights breaches which have had a detrimental impact on your freedom and civil liberty.

  • With an expert legal team experienced in holding public authorities to account, we will be a strong and reliable partner in your challenge against the state.
  • We offer competitive private funding rates and routinely act for clients who pay privately. We are proud of the service we offer to our clients.
  • We are also a practice that has the benefit of a legal aid franchise and as such, are able to act for the most vulnerable clients, at no cost to you.
  • Our lawyers are active members of key associations including INQUEST Lawyers Group.
  • Award winning team who have been nationally recognised and widely accredited for delivering civil liberties legal services to our clients.

 

 

 

This is a mark of quality awarded by The Law Society to law firms who demonstrate and maintain the highest levels of management and customer care standards. Re-assessment for Lexcel is carried out annually to ensure we continue to meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

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Making a Civil Liberties Claim

If you or a member of your family has come to harm as a result of civil liberties infringement which was of no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation. We put your interests first, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal specialists are handling your claim.

Contact a member of our specialist team if you have suffered from or need support in any of the following:

Our Civil Liberties Experts

FAQs

How long can the police keep me in custody?

You can only be held in police custody for up to 24 hours; after that the police must either charge you with a crime or release you.

Extensions can be applied for – up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime and 14 days if you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act. If you are held for longer than appropriate this can constitute unlawful imprisonment.

There are some circumstances under which you may have a claim for false imprisonment by the police, even if you were not actually taken into custody.

Misuse of stop and search powers and containing crowds without letting individuals leave an area (known as “kettling”) can potentially lead to claims of unlawful imprisonment.

Why should I seek legal advice?

The number of allegations against police forces in England and Wales soared to 69,571 in the 12 months from April 2014 to April 2015 – a 13 per cent rise.

However, when matters were investigated by the forces involved themselves, just 19 per cent of complaint investigation appeals were successful. When cases were passed on to be considered by the IOPC, 39 per cent were successful.

Such a large discrepancy in outcomes casts doubt over the fairness of hearings heard by forces themselves. Many people turn to us when they have become frustrated with the internal police complaints procedures.

With our legal expertise and experience, we will ensure full investigations are carried out into your individual case as part of your claim.

Do I have to make a complaint to the police force or the IOPC before seeking legal advice?

Not necessarily, although we will generally advise people to do this before we consider accepting instructions. Some complaints will be handled by the force’s own internal professional standards Department, but others may be so serious in terms of the allegations made that they have to be passed to the IOPC.

Is there any evidence of misconduct I will need?

If you want to make a complaint or take legal action against the police then it helps to have names and addresses of any witnesses, and to have made a written record from yourself as soon as possible after the event.

It should be witnessed, dated and signed. If you are injured, or property is damaged, then photographs or video recordings, taken as soon as possible, will help. Physical injuries should also be medically examined.

How much will my claim be worth?

This depends on many factors and varies largely from case to case. Factors which will be considered in all cases are the nature of a wrongful arrest, how long you were unlawfully detained for as a result and the impact on your life, and any injuries suffered as a result of excessive force, battery or assault committed by the police.

Any aggravating factors will also be taken into consideration, such as being unlawfully arrested in front of your family, friends or colleagues, or if an unlawful action does harm to your standing in the community or workplace.

Will my case be handled on a ‘‘no win no fee’’ basis?

Yes it will. Simply explained, making a claim for compensation will not cost you a penny up front, and if successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees at the conclusion. These costs are usually a percentage of the compensation you are awarded, which will be agreed prior to your case proceedings.

Am I eligible to receive legal aid?

In certain circumstances, we may also be able to provide legal aid cover. Please call our dedicated civil liberties team today to find out if you’re eligible to receive legal aid.

Do you accept instructions in criminal cases?

No, we do not represent people facing legal prosecutions themselves. Neither can we represent people who wish to make complaints about the standard of police investigations into crimes committed against them. We solely focus on representing people in civil claims against the police for misconduct.

"Ruthin, North Wales: The inquest into the death of former Welsh Assembly Member Carl Sargeant ended today. The Senior Coroner for North Wales, John Gittins"

Dr Neil Hudgell, Managing Director

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The Hudgell Promise

When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.

Schedule our first meeting within 24 hours
Return your phone call or email the very same day
Reply to any letter you send us within 2 days
Write to you every 4 weeks with updates on your case

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