Litigation Executive and Team Supervisor, Civil Liberties
Karl is part of the Hudgell Solicitors Civil Liberties team, supporting people who have suffered as a result of wrongful arrest, malicious prosecutions, false imprisonment and breaches of Human Rights and Data Protection laws.
He worked in injury claims from 2008 and joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2014, becoming a key part of the growing Civil Liberties team in 2015.
He has represented clients as police officers have faced internal disciplinary procedures at their force, as the actions of officers and police forces have been investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), and at Article 2 inquests.
I am proud of all of the work we do in the Police Claims and Civil Liberties department. However, any case where there is a denial of liability and you are forced to fight for a result is especially pleasing to win. Many of the claims we deal with are, at least initially, defended by the other side.
Our knowledge and experience as a department help us to succeed in many cases where I believe many other firms would struggle.
I feel it is very important to remember that our clients have been through bad experiences with the police and have often experienced traumatic events. They are then faced with negotiating a complex legal system in order to bring a claim for compensation.
My job is to try and simplify the legal process for them and advise on the strengths and weaknesses of their case, with the aim of bringing it to a successful conclusion in the shortest time possible.
I am always aware of the need to fully explain the law and procedures involved in bringing a claim against the police to clients in a way that is easy to understand, and my experience of dealing with a large number of such claims allows me to identify the relevant issues very quickly.
I have been part of the Hudgell team representing the family of hairdresser Katrina O’Hara, who was killed by her former partner, Stuart Thomas, at her salon in January 2016. Thomas was jailed for life for her murder and an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) report into Dorset Police’s contact with Ms O’ Hara in the run up to her death was critical of the force.
I secured damages for a man who was wrongfully arrested at his home as a result of police officers being at the wrong address. The officers involved would not confirm what their investigation was about, or show him any paperwork and he was handcuffed whilst his home was searched. We alleged that officers used unnecessary force despite the fact my client had been posing no threat, and that the search had been unlawful.
I am also part of the team at Hudgell Solicitors representing the family of Lewis Skelton, who was shot dead by police officers in a Hull street.