Civil Claims Against Detaining Authorities
Expertise and Key Strengths
I represent individuals in civil claims for compensation against police forces, prison services and the Home Office, as well as public law challenges of decisions by state bodies including the Independent Monitor and the Crown Prosecution Service. I also assist clients in navigating the police complaints process so as to maximise their ability to obtain outcomes that will prevent reoccurrences of their experiences.
I regularly advise on claims for false imprisonment, assaults by police or prison officers, trespass to land or goods, malicious prosecution, misfeasance, breaches of the Human Rights Act or Data Protection Act and adverse criminal record certificates. I am particularly interested search warrant cases, claims and complaints involving discrimination and in acting on behalf of children in claims arising from their ill-treatment within the criminal justice system.
In 2011, I joined London law firm Fisher Meredith as an administrative assistant whilst undertaking the Legal Practice Course. I worked as an administrative assistant and then a paralegal in the Immigration, Public Services Law, Family and Children Law departments. I spent the last year of my training contract in the Police Law and Civil Liberties team, before qualifying into the department in August 2015. In August 2017, I joined Hudgell Solicitors’ growing Civil Liberties team in the London office.
Proudest Professional Achievement
I achieved compensation for a long-standing client in a claim which arose from an incident in which he was unlawfully arrested and violently restrained by over five officers. The client was ultimately acquitted, in large part due to the police officers’ lack of credibility during live evidence. We contended that they embellished their accounts of the client’s conduct to justify their actions and the forced used.
At the time of the arrest and assault, the client had been working hard to move on with his life after a previous traumatic incident. Those concerted efforts were significantly hindered not only by the officers’ actions but also by the defendant’s obstructive approach to litigation. By applying tactical and legal pressure to the defendant when the civil trial was imminent, the defendant was forced to settle, ensuring that the client did not have to face the officers or undergo cross examination at court, and to enable him and his family to finally move on.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
- Member and Co-Convenor of the Police Action Lawyers Group ‘PALG’