Police Law

1 Chancery Lane is widely considered to be one of the most respected sets for police law.

Members are instructed directly by some of the most significant police forces and Local Authorities in the country.

Defendant work spans fatal shootings, deaths in custody, malfeasance (including false imprisonment and malicious prosecution), complaints and discipline, search warrants, RIPA, firearms, road traffic, cautions and out-of-court disposals, and serious and catastrophic personal injury cases, as well as advice on procedural matters and providing training.

Several members of Chambers have experience in police law, particularly in civil actions against the police, Article 2 inquests and judicial review, and a number of members are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as leaders in the field.

Members act for a broad range of police forces including the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley and Wiltshire police forces, Essex Police, Sussex Police, Hampshire Constabulary and Gloucestershire Constabulary, and also has experience of representing claimants.

Recent prominent cases include Brown v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2019] EWCA Civ 1724 (no automatic QOWCS protection for a personal injury claimant who includes other causes of action in the claim). Parker v Chief Constable of Essex [2019] 1 WLR 2238 (a person who is unlawfully arrested is nevertheless entitled only to nominal damages if he would have been arrested lawfully had the police realised their mistake) and Hewson v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2018] 4 WLR 69 (no breach of the ECHR in sending a prevention of harassment letter). We provide timely and realistic advice and effective representation at all levels from junior tenants to leading silks. We are equally at home in proceedings before judges or juries and we also have experience in public disciplinary work.

Barristers for Police Law
‘Excellent set, from top to bottom.’ Legal 500 2022
‘Excellent counsel.’ Legal 500 2022
A first-class set with great depth of counsel for police defendant instructions.
An integrated, multidisciplinary defendant police law practice, with a strong bench of silks and juniors offering expertise across multiple issues affecting the police.
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