State bodies need to be challenged and lessons need to be learnt to ensure others don’t have to experience distress and heartbreak.
My clients often feel daunted by the prospect of brining a case against the police or a state institution, it’s my role to absolutely be on their side and reassure them that I will seek justice and answers.’
Get to Know Iftikhar
Iftikhar has successful represented clients and the families of those who have experienced injustices such as false imprisonment, death in custody, police assaults and malicious prosecution cases. His work has involved taking action against all major police forces in England and Wales.
Iftikhar’s clients include activists, politicians and ordinary people who have found themselves needing specialist advice to successfully take legal steps against state institutions.
Iftikhar also represents bereaved families at Inquests, particularly deaths in police custody, prisons and in mental health hospitals and he is an expert in identifying failures in public policies, enabling families to challenge those responsible for an explanation of the death of loved ones. Clients have described Iftikhar as going ‘above and beyond’ when representing them.
Iftikhar joined Hudgells in 2022 and was previously head of Civil Liberties at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.
In one case, West Yorkshire Police agreed a settlement of £310,000 after a man they treated as drunk and disorderly was, in fact, suffering from the effects of a blood clot. He was left in a cell with no medical attention and the consequences were life changing.
I also represented the family of 36-year-old Kerry Power, a mother who was strangled by her ex-partner. They have now received an award and an apology from Devon and Cornwall Police stating the events leading up to her murder were “unconscionable and regrettable”.
|In another recent case I represented the parents of the teenager Chelsea Mooney at Inquest following the 17-year-old’s death at a mental health hospital. A jury found her death was partly due to ‘insufficient care, and delays in the emergency response.
Currently, I represent at Inquest the family of Laura Winham, a vulnerable 38-year-old woman who lay dead in her social housing flat for more than three-and-a-half years.
Member of the Police Action Lawyers Group – PALG
Member of the Inquest Lawyers Group – ILG