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We support our clients in bringing civil action against the police, holding forces to account for unfair and illegal treatment. Our experienced solicitors handle many police complaints, including failures individual officers have made in the course of carrying out their duties. Whether you’ve been wrongfully arrested and detained or have been a victim of battery and assault, we’ll challenge those responsible and seek to obtain 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 breached by the police or the state, Hudgell Solicitors can help you get justice. Our Civil Liberties solicitors specialise in police complaints and civil actions, holding authorities to account for unlawful actions and abuses of power that affect 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 impacted 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 can be daunting. Our solicitors are here to act on your behalf, helping you to bring action against government and public bodies when they have acted unlawfully. We seek to secure compensation and justice for human rights and other breaches which have had a detrimental impact on you. 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 contract and as such, are able to act for the most vulnerable clients. We also offer no win no fee in certain circumstances.
  • Our lawyers are active members of key associations including INQUEST Lawyers Group.
  • We are an award winning team who have been nationally recognised and widely accredited for delivering civil liberties legal services to our clients.




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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 a civil liberties breach which was no fault of your own, you may have the 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


Why should I seek legal advice?

We have an excellent track record in this area of law so if you believe the police have treated you in a way that breaks the law or professional standards, we can help you take action to protect your rights, seek redress and secure compensation where appropriate.

With our legal expertise and experience, we will ensure a full investigation is 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.

Will I need evidence to prove any misconduct?

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 as to what happened 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. Matters 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?

Possibly although we will need to assess your financial status at the start of any claim to ensure we select the most appropriate method of funding to suit your circumstances.

In certain situations, we may 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.

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.

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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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