Areas of specialism
Working for a highly respected firm of solicitors, I regularly deal with people who have been subjected to unacceptable treatment in their dealings with the police. Police officers have a difficult job to do, and of course the majority does so without problems. But, as in any walk of life there are some amongst their numbers (thankfully very few) whose actions can taint the reputation of the vast majority.
I specialise in public law and civil liberties actions against the police dealing with issues such as:
- Wrongful arrest
- Unlawful detention
- Malicious prosecution – where a prosecution is conducted spitefully and without reasonable or probable cause
- Misconduct in public office – where a police officer acts unlawfully, knows that they are acting unlawfully and does so knowing that their actions are likely to cause loss or harm
- Human Rights Act breaches
- Unlawful stop and search
Expertise and key strengths
I have handled cases for clients whose lives, and those of their families, have been turned upside down as a result of the wrongful and unlawful actions of the Police. In some of these cases my clients have wrongly been accused of serious offences, such as murder and sexual assault. When dealing with these types of cases I appreciate that my clients have, in some instances been subjected to a traumatic experience as a result of the Police’s actions.
I also have an extensive knowledge of the legislation and procedures the Police are required to follow. This has resulted in me being successful with the cases involving breaches of the Bail Act and other statutory instruments.
My legal career began by working personal injury claims before moving into more general civil litigation and claims against the police. Prior to working for Hudgell Solicitors I worked for a large personal injury firm in Leeds, where I was responsible for handling litigated personal injury work. Before this, I worked for a large firm in Hull and I have worked in legal practice since 2008.
Proudest professional achievement
My proudest moment was when I was successful with a highly emotive case for a client who was unlawfully arrested and accused of sexual offences. My client was totally innocent and police had arrested the wrong person. The actions of the police had a massive and lasting effect both on my client and his family.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- BA in Politics and International Relations
- Postgraduate Diploma in law
- Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Member of Human Rights Lawyers Association
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