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 public law and civil liberties actions against the police dealing with issues such as:
- Human Rights Breaches
- Article 2 Inquests
- Deaths in Police Custody
- Police Firearms Incidents
- Wrongful Arrest
- Unlawful Detention
- Malicious Prosecution
- Misfeasance in Public Office
- Data Protection Breaches
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 offence. 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.
Had great support through a very difficult time from Andrew Petherbridge who acted on our behalf in our legal battle. From our first meeting with receptionist Grace to our case being settled by Andrew we had top class service, thanks to all concerned.
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