Expertise and key strengths
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 do this without problem, but as in any walk of life there are some among their numbers whose actions can taint the reputation of the vast majority.
I specialise in Civil Liberties & Human Rights cases such as:
- Inquest representation for the families of the victims of Terrorism
- Article 2 Inquests
- Deaths in Police Custody
- Police Firearms Incidents
- Wrongful Arrest
- Unlawful Detention
- Malicious Prosecution
- Misfeasance in Public Office
I lead 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, sexual assault or firearms offences. I also have a particular expertise in dealing with victims of crime whose Human Rights have been breached as a result of failings by the Police
When acting for my clients I appreciate and understand that the actions of the Police can have a significant and long term impact on both them and their families.
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 being awarded the ‘rising star’ of the claims profession award at the national Modern Claims Awards. This award came off the back of being instructed to act for families in a number of high profile human rights cases of national significance.
Actions against the Police
Families of the victims of Stephen Port v The Commissioner of the Metropolis
Representing the families of the four victims of murderer Stephen Port in respect of possible failings and missed opportunities by the Metropolitan Police to catch Port and prevent the murders.
Prosser v Chief Constable of Humberside Police
Successful claim for damages for a man who was punched and kicked on the floor by Police officers after handcuffing and arresting him which resulted in a head injury.
A v The Commissioner of the Metropolis
Successful claim for damages for a suicidal women who was arrested after she dialled 999 threatening to kill herself.
- Inquest into the death of Jacqueline Oakes. Unlawful killing conclusion which was also highly critical of State Agencies
- Inquest into the deaths of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port
- Inquest into the death of Lewis Skelton who was shot dead by Police officers
Qualifications and professional memberships
- BA in Politics and International Relations
- Postgraduate Diploma in law
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Member of Human Rights Lawyers Association
- Member of Police Action Lawyers Group