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UK-Bar Guide

Police Law: Mainly Defendant — All Circuits

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set highly regarded for its police law expertise with members adept at representing a wide range of police forces. Their expertise encompasses cases concerning malicious prosecution, negligence and false imprisonment claims, as well as human rights breaches. They also represent forces in disciplinary proceedings, inquiries and judicial reviews. Commentators say "they always provide a first-class service and have a proven history for getting superb results." Members at 5 Essex Court have recently acted in a number of notable cases, including Boyd v Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. This case involved claims brought by a solicitor who alleged loss of reputation and a number of his lay clients claimed they were maliciously prosecuted.

Client service: "The clerks are always pleasant to deal with and will always do their best to accommodate your needs." Instructing solicitors highlight their excellent relationship with head clerk, Mark Waller, and appreciate the "invaluable, frank and open conversations."

SILKS

Jeremy Johnson QC
A leading lawyer in the field who is highly sought after by police forces. He is a top choice for a broad range of cases including those concerning claims of misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and human rights breaches. He is also well regarded for his work on judicial reviews, misconduct proceedings and miscarriage of justice matters.
Strengths: "His knowledge of all areas of police work is immense. He is extremely approachable and well liked by both clients and witnesses." "He is at the top of his game in this area and is extremely personable."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable for South Wales Police in the claim for misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and other torts arising from the murder of Lynette White in 1988.

Fiona Barton QC
Standout lawyer who represents police forces against claims for false imprisonment, assault, negligence and malicious prosecution. She also provides expertise in cases involving human rights and disclosure issues.
Strengths: "She knows the law inside-out and is the best choice for more technically complex issues. She has a fantastic approach to sensitive cases which require sympathy and empathy but a robust defence."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of Cleveland in a claim brought by a solicitor and a number of lay clients arising out of arrests following the collapse of a kidnapping trial.

Jason Beer QC
A leading lawyer who advises police forces across England and Wales on civil claims, misconduct proceedings, inquests and inquiries. He is particularly experienced in cases concerning misfeasance, malicious prosecution and human rights claims.
Strengths: "He is simply excellent, his technical knowledge is outstanding and he is incredibly thorough and astute." "He is incredibly hard-working, very impressive on paper and a great advocate." "A superb barrister who excels in complex and technical claims."
Recent work: Acted for South Yorkshire Police and the BBC in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of Article 8 and breach of the Data Protection Act brought by Sir Cliff Richard.

Samantha Leek QC
Highly respected for her representation of police forces in inquests and inquiries. She has a particular focus on police shootings and deaths in custody. She is also experienced acting in criminal and disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "A superb advocate with an excellent depth of knowledge."
Recent work: Represented Leicestershire Police and Nottinghamshire Police in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Anne Studd QC
Advises forces on inquiries, Article 2 issues and disciplinary proceedings. She regularly acts in cases arising out of deaths following police contact.
Strengths: "She has a really charming style." "She is very decisive and steadfast."
Recent work: Acted for the Police Appeals Tribunal and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim brought by a dismissed Borough Commander for reinstatement following a finding of gross misconduct for inappropriate behaviour towards a number of women.

JUNIORS

Russell Fortt
Particularly active in judicial reviews and inquests into deaths in custody. He regularly defends a number of police forces and the IPCC in claims brought against them.
Strengths: "He is a good communicator, responds quickly and has excellent written submissions."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Norfolk in a claim for excessive use of force during the arrest of the claimant in his home and the deployment of CS spray.

Matthew Holdcroft
Regularly defends police forces against claims of unlawful arrest. He also assists forces with human rights issues, particularly in claims brought under Articles 2 and 8.
Strengths: "He always manages to cut to the chase and cut through the detail to get to the heart of the issues."
Recent work: Advised the police in Elliott v The Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary on the lawfulness of tactical entry and arrest methods.

Charlotte Ventham
Represents chief constables and the IPCC with regard to judicial reviews, inquests, human rights breaches and data protection issues. She also acts in civil actions, including claims of malicious prosecution, misfeasance and false imprisonment.
Strengths: "She is very personable, very easy to deal with and always goes the extra mile." "A great choice for claims which are complex, sensitive or difficult." "Her preparation and level of detail leave nothing to be desired, she is an excellent trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable in Taylor v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, a claim for assault and breach of Article 2 following the arrest and subsequent death in custody of the claimant.

Andrew Waters
A widely appreciated practitioner who acts for police forces across a range of civil law and public law claims. His expertise encompasses police discipline, police law inquiries and inquests into deaths in police custody.
Strengths: "He is approachable and well liked by both clients and witnesses." "He is exceptional on all areas of police work."

Georgina Wolfe
Regularly acts for forces in claims of malicious prosecution, misfeasance and human rights claims. She is also regularly instructed in inquests.
Strengths: "She is bright, approachable and excellent on paper and on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Cheshire Police in the inquest concerning the death of Stephen Akinyemi.

Barnabas Branston
He is highlighted for his experience with inquests, and his work relating to police disciplinary hearings and civil law actions. He is particularly experienced advising on claims of negligence.
Strengths: "He is easy to work with, approachable and affable." "He has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Represented West Midlands Police in civil claims arising out of the Hillsborough disaster.

Beatrice Collier
Has a broad police practice, advising on wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, human rights and misfeasance claims. She is also experienced in cases concerning data protection and disclosure issues.
Strengths: "She is very bright and thorough, does very detailed paperwork and always provides helpful guidance."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim brought against the Met Police for wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Kate Cornell
She is experienced at acting for forces across a range of civil claims, particularly in cases concerning wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and human rights breaches.
Strengths: "She's bright and extremely helpful."

Jonathan Dixey
Regularly advises forces on claims of misfeasance, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. He has particular expertise in disclosure matters and cases concerning data protection issues. He is also noted for his work on judicial reviews and inquests.
Strengths: "He has a very good manner with both corporate and lay clients."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim of false imprisonment.

Cicely Hayward
Acts for forces in a range of civil actions, inquests and employment issues. She is adept at handling cases concerning misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and discrimination.
Strengths: "She is very helpful, especially when dealing with a difficult litigant in person." "She is so detailed and good in conference because she is a calming influence, and she is good on her feet without being overbearing."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police in a claim for misfeasance in public office brought by two claimants who have been acquitted of a murder charge.

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Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

One of the leading sets for police forces with "a strong and large team of barristers dealing with police work who can respond at short notice." Barristers here regularly advise forces on claims for negligence, assault, false imprisonment and human rights breaches. Sources say: "They have a breadth of extremely good people and are able to combine intelligence with persuasive advocacy." In addition to representing forces in civil claims, inquests, inquiries and judicial reviews, the members also act in misconduct and employment matters in the police law area, including issues relating to the obligation to record police conduct and refer it to the IPCC. Members have acted in a number of recent high-profile matters, including the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the negligence claim that emerged out of the shooting of PC Rathband by Raoul Moat.

Client service: "The clerking is a very smooth operation, quite pioneering from a business point of view. They are ahead of the curve and well run but they don't sacrifice the human element." Senior clerk Lee Johnson collects praise from interviewees for "taking the time to get to know you as a person, rather than just focusing on the details."

SILKS

Dijen Basu QC
Frequently assists police forces in matters concerning challenges to police powers and charges for policing special events. He also advises on claims of wrongful arrest, failure to investigate and counter-terrorism policing.
Strengths: "He is a creative thinker and an absolutely outstanding cross-examiner." "An enormously impressive and engaging advocate, he is very precise both orally and in writing, and he takes no prisoners."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of West Midlands Constabulary in a claim for wrongful arrest after a boy was detained on suspicion of throwing rocks onto the M6.

John Beggs QC
An outstanding barrister who acts for forces and chief constables in judicial reviews, inquiries, inquests and misconduct hearings. He also advises on police employment matters and claims arising out of allegations of police negligence.
Strengths: "He has a mind of exceptional clarity that can always be relied upon in the most complex of cases. He is the go-to barrister for the cases of critical importance." "He has a relentless work ethic and achieves the results." "He is the leader in the field, he literally wrote the book."
Recent work: Acted for Surrey Police in the second inquest concerning the death of Cheryl James, a trainee soldier at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut.

Christopher Daw QC
Acts on behalf of police forces and chief constables in police misconduct hearings, inquests and criminal proceedings. He is recognised for his fastidious preparation and experience in the area.
Strengths: "He is an excellent choice for police law matters, whose preparation for a case is second to none."

Gerard Boyle QC
He is one of the leading figures for police misconduct cases, frequently representing forces in proceedings arising from issues such as assault and unlawful disclosure. He is well regarded for his involvement in inquests and inquiries, and offers notable experience in cases concerning child sexual abuse.
Strengths: "Clients absolutely love working with him." "He is charismatic and not one of those that can't see the wood for the trees - he's quite a dangerous opponent."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in misconduct proceedings brought against an officer who was alleged to have assaulted the mother of a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

JUNIORS

Mark Ley-Morgan
A well-regarded lawyer for misconduct proceedings and employment claims who acts for the chief constables of a number of forces. He also acts for clients in civil claims, and has a strong focus on medical issues within police cases.
Strengths: "He is dedicated, passionate." "Very sharp and easily relied on."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police in a claim for false imprisonment. The claimant alleged his arrest was unlawful because of the activities of an undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.

George Thomas
Well regarded for his work on public order cases, he frequently acts for forces in claims of false imprisonment and assault. He is also active on police disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "He is bright and personable, meticulous in his preparation and has a very strong reputation with the clients."
Recent work: Acted for Greater Manchester Police in a claim for false imprisonment brought by two Liverpool FC supporters.

James Berry
Focuses on judicial reviews, inquests, inquiries, false imprisonment cases, human rights claims and misconduct hearings. He also provides training for all new chairs of the Police Appeals Tribunal.
Strengths: "He is tenacious on his feet, has great technical knowledge and is extremely thorough in his analysis of all the pertinent issues in a case."

Stephen Morley
He regularly acts for forces in misconduct proceedings and appeals, judicial reviews, public inquiries and civil claims.
Strengths: "He has a tremendous grasp of the detail in complex cases and clarity on the key issues. Clients are very comfortable and confident with him and he is very good at meeting deadlines for paperwork." "He is very responsive, helpful and easy to get on with."
Recent work: Acted for the National Police Chiefs Council in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Elliot Gold
Frequently acts for forces in misconduct cases and in Police Appeals Tribunal hearings. He offers further advice in inquests and cases concerning police powers and obligations.
Strengths: "He has an ability to explain complex legal issues in language that is very easy to understand." "He has a cool, calm and reassuring manner."
Recent work: Acted for West Yorkshire Police in a judicial review concerning chief constables' statutory obligation to record police conduct and refer it to the IPCC.

Aaron Rathmell
Well regarded for his work on police misconduct matters, Employment Tribunals, inquests and civil claims, particularly related to human rights breaches and negligence. He has recent experience in cases involving firearms and shootings.
Strengths: "He has the most incredible level of intelligence and technical brilliance." "He has the people skills to assess the situation and respond accordingly."
Recent work: Defended the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police against a claim of negligence following the Raoul Moat shootings.

Sarah Simcock
Frequently acts for forces in gross misconduct proceedings and judicial reviews. She is well versed in cases concerning human rights issues and discrimination claims.
Strengths: "She's extremely bright and has good analytical skills. She's also excellent with clients - they feel comfortable with her."
Recent work: Advised the police on FY v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a judicial review claim of a victim of sexual assault where it was alleged that the police force had improperly taken no further action against the suspect.

Ian Skelt
Well regarded for his employment practice, he regularly represents forces and officers in Employment Tribunal hearings. He is also experienced in inquests regarding police shootings.
Strengths: "He is a safe pair of hands and a pleasure to deal with. He is very responsive to requests for information and really takes the stress out of proceedings." "He is excellent with witnesses and in jury trials."
Recent work: Represented the chief constable in Marks v West Midlands Police, where the claimant alleged they had been beaten, sexually assaulted and racially abused by an officer.

Oliver Williamson
Advises on several high-profile inquests and public interest matters. He is often instructed in significant misconduct proceedings, particularly involving assault and inappropriate sexual conduct.
Strengths: "He is very good." "His attention to detail is first-class."
Recent work: Acted for the appropriate authority in the dismissal of PC Julian Berry for sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Cecily White
She has a wide-ranging police practice that encompasses inquests, inquiries, misconduct proceedings, judicial reviews and civil actions. She is also adept at handling cases concerning human rights, unlawful arrest and negligence claims.
Strengths: "She is very bright" and "demonstrates an ability to understand her brief, undertake research and produce high-quality advice."

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
1 Chancery Lane acts for a broad range of police forces in cases ranging from human rights matters and false imprisonment claims to dog bites and disclosure issues. Lately members of the set have acted in Whibley v Metropolitan Police, a claim for failure to protect under the Human Rights Act, and Pierre v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a malfeasance claim. Interviewees say that "as far as public sector work is concerned there is a clear expertise that clients recognise."

Client service: The team is led by senior clerk Clark Chessis. Sources say: "The clerking team is good and they will go the extra mile to help you."

SILKS

Andrew Warnock QC
Advises police forces on personal injury issues and police law claims, including human rights breaches and failures to protect. He offers additional experience in cases concerning dog bites.
Strengths: "He has a really good, sharp legal brain." "He is great on paper and at meeting deadlines."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in a claim for alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act in failing to protect the claimant from assaults perpetrated by criminals.

JUNIORS

Paul Stagg
Regularly defends forces against claims of malfeasance, negligence, false imprisonment and human rights breaches, particularly under Articles 2 and 5.
Strengths: "He has good paperwork, is easy to work with and is always very well prepared." "He is the one to go to with something difficult or tricky, he is good in jury trials."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim for malfeasance brought by the claimant after two separate attendances to her home in order to arrest her son.

Lisa Dobie
Offers expertise to a range of forces in an array of cases, including those concerning human rights, unlawful detention, discrimination and defamation.
Strengths: "She is excellent. She deals with very complex matters and is always contactable." "She is terrific, very sensible and focused."
Recent work: Represented the police in Jeffreys v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. This case involved a claim that an officer made an arrest and concocted evidence to do a favour for another officer.

Laura Johnson
Acts for forces in human rights claims, disclosure issues and employer liability matters. Her practice benefits from her additional expertise in personal injury cases.
Strengths: "She is extremely efficient, very bright and easy to work with." "She is very calm, reliable and impressive."
Recent work: Advised Essex Police on a claim for unreasonable force brought on behalf of a woman with mental health problems who was tasered after causing criminal damage and disruption to a secure mental health unit.

Sophie Mortimer
Regularly represents police forces in human rights claims, especially those brought under Article 2.
Strengths: "She's good to work with and is someone who has a nice rapport with instructing solicitors and witnesses."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought against Essex Police for failure to carry out an effective investigation into the death of the claimant's son, who was killed in a concrete mixer while at work.

Geoffrey Weddell
Has a strong practice advising forces on false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecutions. He is also experienced in human rights and failure to investigate claims.
Strengths: "He has excellent client skills, he understands the law and the officers' perspective."

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Star Individuals

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Beggs QC
An outstanding barrister who acts for forces and chief constables in judicial reviews, inquiries, inquests and misconduct hearings. He also advises on police employment matters and claims arising out of allegations of police negligence.
Strengths: "He has a mind of exceptional clarity that can always be relied upon in the most complex of cases. He is the go-to barrister for the cases of critical importance." "He has a relentless work ethic and achieves the results." "He is the leader in the field, he literally wrote the book."
Recent work: Acted for Surrey Police in the second inquest concerning the death of Cheryl James, a trainee soldier at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut.

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Star Individuals

Jeremy Johnson QC

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Johnson QC
A leading lawyer in the field who is highly sought after by police forces. He is a top choice for a broad range of cases including those concerning claims of misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and human rights breaches. He is also well regarded for his work on judicial reviews, misconduct proceedings and miscarriage of justice matters.
Strengths: "His knowledge of all areas of police work is immense. He is extremely approachable and well liked by both clients and witnesses." "He is at the top of his game in this area and is extremely personable."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable for South Wales Police in the claim for misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and other torts arising from the murder of Lynette White in 1988.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fiona Barton QC
Standout lawyer who represents police forces against claims for false imprisonment, assault, negligence and malicious prosecution. She also provides expertise in cases involving human rights and disclosure issues.
Strengths: "She knows the law inside-out and is the best choice for more technically complex issues. She has a fantastic approach to sensitive cases which require sympathy and empathy but a robust defence."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of Cleveland in a claim brought by a solicitor and a number of lay clients arising out of arrests following the collapse of a kidnapping trial.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Beer QC
A leading lawyer who advises police forces across England and Wales on civil claims, misconduct proceedings, inquests and inquiries. He is particularly experienced in cases concerning misfeasance, malicious prosecution and human rights claims.
Strengths: "He is simply excellent, his technical knowledge is outstanding and he is incredibly thorough and astute." "He is incredibly hard-working, very impressive on paper and a great advocate." "A superb barrister who excels in complex and technical claims."
Recent work: Acted for South Yorkshire Police and the BBC in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of Article 8 and breach of the Data Protection Act brought by Sir Cliff Richard.

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Band 2

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samantha Leek QC
Highly respected for her representation of police forces in inquests and inquiries. She has a particular focus on police shootings and deaths in custody. She is also experienced acting in criminal and disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "A superb advocate with an excellent depth of knowledge."
Recent work: Represented Leicestershire Police and Nottinghamshire Police in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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Band 2

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anne Studd QC
Advises forces on inquiries, Article 2 issues and disciplinary proceedings. She regularly acts in cases arising out of deaths following police contact.
Strengths: "She has a really charming style." "She is very decisive and steadfast."
Recent work: Acted for the Police Appeals Tribunal and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim brought by a dismissed Borough Commander for reinstatement following a finding of gross misconduct for inappropriate behaviour towards a number of women.

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Band 2

Andrew Warnock QC

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Warnock QC
Advises police forces on personal injury issues and police law claims, including human rights breaches and failures to protect. He offers additional experience in cases concerning dog bites.
Strengths: "He has a really good, sharp legal brain." "He is great on paper and at meeting deadlines."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in a claim for alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act in failing to protect the claimant from assaults perpetrated by criminals.

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Band 3

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dijen Basu QC
Frequently assists police forces in matters concerning challenges to police powers and charges for policing special events. He also advises on claims of wrongful arrest, failure to investigate and counter-terrorism policing.
Strengths: "He is a creative thinker and an absolutely outstanding cross-examiner." "An enormously impressive and engaging advocate, he is very precise both orally and in writing, and he takes no prisoners."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of West Midlands Constabulary in a claim for wrongful arrest after a boy was detained on suspicion of throwing rocks onto the M6.

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Band 3

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Davies QC of 3 Raymond Buildings Barristers
Highly regarded for his representation of police officers in misconduct proceedings, criminal cases and inquests.
Strengths: "He is really excellent." "He has a flawless academic approach."

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Band 3

Christopher Daw QC

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Daw QC 
Acts on behalf of police forces and chief constables in police misconduct hearings, inquests and criminal proceedings. He is recognised for his fastidious preparation and experience in the area.
Strengths: "He is an excellent choice for police law matters, whose preparation for a case is second to none."

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Adrian Keeling QC

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Keeling QC of No5 Chambers
Highly regarded for his representation of police officers in misconduct hearings and before the Police Appeals Tribunal. He also offers notable experience in inquests following deaths in custody.
Strengths: "He is tactically astute, reassuring with clients and has a magic touch with panels and juries." "He is really excellent, incredibly collaborative and helpful."
Recent work: Represented DS Stuart Hinton in a misconduct hearing arising out of 'Plebgate'.

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Band 3

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Stern QC of 2 Bedford Row
He regularly represents officers in misconduct proceedings, criminal trials and inquests. He is particularly adept at handling cases concerning police shootings.
Strengths: "An impressive advocate with a measured style and delicate touch who always makes the right decisions."
Recent work: Represented the 11 armed Metropolitan Police officers who participated in the stop of Mark Duggan.

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Band 3

William Waldron QC

Exchange Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Waldron QC of Exchange Chambers
Has a strong focus on assisting police forces with severe personal injury claims. He is also adept at handling health and safety matters, particularly in inquests.
Strengths: "He is an excellent provincial barrister who can cut the mustard."

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Band 3

Atlantic Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anne Whyte QC of Atlantic Chambers
Well regarded for her police law practice which covers inquiries, employment cases, judicial reviews, human rights issues and malicious prosecution claims.
Strengths: "She has the ability to identify the issues in a case quickly and offers practical, detailed guidance, which incorporates a good technical and commercial awareness. She is very approachable and accessible, and is able to engage with all levels of officers in conference."

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New Silk

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gerard Boyle QC
He is one of the leading figures for police misconduct cases, frequently representing forces in proceedings arising from issues such as assault and unlawful disclosure. He is well regarded for his involvement in inquests and inquiries, and offers notable experience in cases concerning child sexual abuse.
Strengths: "Clients absolutely love working with him." "He is charismatic and not one of those that can't see the wood for the trees - he's quite a dangerous opponent."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in misconduct proceedings brought against an officer who was alleged to have assaulted the mother of a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Band 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Ley-Morgan
A well-regarded lawyer for misconduct proceedings and employment claims who acts for the chief constables of a number of forces. He also acts for clients in civil claims, and has a strong focus on medical issues within police cases.
Strengths: "He is dedicated, passionate." "Very sharp and easily relied on."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police in a claim for false imprisonment. The claimant alleged his arrest was unlawful because of the activities of an undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.

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Band 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Thomas
Well regarded for his work on public order cases, he frequently acts for forces in claims of false imprisonment and assault. He is also active on police disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "He is bright and personable, meticulous in his preparation and has a very strong reputation with the clients."
Recent work: Acted for Greater Manchester Police in a claim for false imprisonment brought by two Liverpool FC supporters.

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Band 2

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Berry
Focuses on judicial reviews, inquests, inquiries, false imprisonment cases, human rights claims and misconduct hearings. He also provides training for all new chairs of the Police Appeals Tribunal.
Strengths: "He is tenacious on his feet, has great technical knowledge and is extremely thorough in his analysis of all the pertinent issues in a case."

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Band 2

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Russell Fortt
Particularly active in judicial reviews and inquests into deaths in custody. He regularly defends a number of police forces and the IPCC in claims brought against them.
Strengths: "He is a good communicator, responds quickly and has excellent written submissions."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Norfolk in a claim for excessive use of force during the arrest of the claimant in his home and the deployment of CS spray.

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Matthew Holdcroft

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Holdcroft
Regularly defends police forces against claims of unlawful arrest. He also assists forces with human rights issues, particularly in claims brought under Articles 2 and 8.
Strengths: "He always manages to cut to the chase and cut through the detail to get to the heart of the issues."
Recent work: Advised the police in Elliott v The Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary on the lawfulness of tactical entry and arrest methods.

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Band 2

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Morley
He regularly acts for forces in misconduct proceedings and appeals, judicial reviews, public inquiries and civil claims.
Strengths: "He has a tremendous grasp of the detail in complex cases and clarity on the key issues. Clients are very comfortable and confident with him and he is very good at meeting deadlines for paperwork." "He is very responsive, helpful and easy to get on with."
Recent work: Acted for the National Police Chiefs Council in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Stagg
Regularly defends forces against claims of malfeasance, negligence, false imprisonment and human rights breaches, particularly under Articles 2 and 5.
Strengths: "He has good paperwork, is easy to work with and is always very well prepared." "He is the one to go to with something difficult or tricky, he is good in jury trials."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim for malfeasance brought by the claimant after two separate attendances to her home in order to arrest her son.

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Charlotte Ventham

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Ventham
Represents chief constables and the IPCC with regard to judicial reviews, inquests, human rights breaches and data protection issues. She also acts in civil actions, including claims of malicious prosecution, misfeasance and false imprisonment.
Strengths: "She is very personable, very easy to deal with and always goes the extra mile." "A great choice for claims which are complex, sensitive or difficult." "Her preparation and level of detail leave nothing to be desired, she is an excellent trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable in Taylor v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, a claim for assault and breach of Article 2 following the arrest and subsequent death in custody of the claimant.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Waters
A widely appreciated practitioner who acts for police forces across a range of civil law and public law claims. His expertise encompasses police discipline, police law inquiries and inquests into deaths in police custody.
Strengths: "He is approachable and well liked by both clients and witnesses." "He is exceptional on all areas of police work."

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Oriel Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Wells of Oriel Chambers
Acts for the police in judicial reviews, inquests into deaths following police contact, liability questions and disciplinary issues.
Strengths: "He is very, very thorough and passionate about his work. A great advocate." "He is a fount of all police law knowledge."

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Georgina Wolfe
Regularly acts for forces in claims of malicious prosecution, misfeasance and human rights claims. She is also regularly instructed in inquests.
Strengths: "She is bright, approachable and excellent on paper and on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Cheshire Police in the inquest concerning the death of Stephen Akinyemi.

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KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Wynn of KBW
Acts for chief constables in relation to claims of misfeasance in a public office and police discipline. He also assists with operational issues. He offers further experience in human rights claims, inquests and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "His advocacy, cross-examination and technical advice is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police in a human rights claim brought by a mentally disabled claimant for breaches of Articles 6 and 8 arising from the failure to provide an appropriate adult.

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Band 3

Barnabas Branston

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Barnabas Branston
He is highlighted for his experience with inquests, and his work relating to police disciplinary hearings and civil law actions. He is particularly experienced advising on claims of negligence.
Strengths: "He is easy to work with, approachable and affable." "He has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Represented West Midlands Police in civil claims arising out of the Hillsborough disaster.

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Band 3

9 Gough Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edwin Buckett of 9 Gough Square
Offers notable experience across misconduct proceedings, civil damages claims and cases concerning personal injury issues. He represents both forces and the Police Federation.
Strengths: "He is quick and accurate, but also prepared to listen to other views and take them on board."
Recent work: Advised the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary on a claim for damages after an attack by a police dog on a young patient who was found in hospital grounds at night.

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Band 3

7BR

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Clemens of 7BR
Represents police forces in human rights claims and judicial reviews, particularly those involving the policing of protests. He also assists forces with data protection and information sharing. He has further experience advising on counter-terrorism measures and search warrants.
Strengths: "A very, very good jury advocate. He is very bright and incredibly easy to get on with." "His cross-examination is fierce."

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Band 3

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Beatrice Collier
Has a broad police practice, advising on wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, human rights and misfeasance claims. She is also experienced in cases concerning data protection and disclosure issues.
Strengths: "She is very bright and thorough, does very detailed paperwork and always provides helpful guidance."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim brought against the Met Police for wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

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Band 3

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Cornell
She is experienced at acting for forces across a range of civil claims, particularly in cases concerning wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and human rights breaches.
Strengths: "She's bright and extremely helpful."

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Band 3

Ely Place Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Iain Daniels of Ely Place Chambers 
He regularly acts for forces and private prisons in claims for false imprisonment, assault and misfeasance, as well as personal injury cases.
Strengths: "He's a well-respected advocate and a great tactician. He has a methodical approach to litigation."

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Band 3

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Dixey
Regularly advises forces on claims of misfeasance, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. He has particular expertise in disclosure matters and cases concerning data protection issues. He is also noted for his work on judicial reviews and inquests.
Strengths: "He has a very good manner with both corporate and lay clients."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a claim of false imprisonment.

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Band 3

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lisa Dobie
Offers expertise to a range of forces in an array of cases, including those concerning human rights, unlawful detention, discrimination and defamation.
Strengths: "She is excellent. She deals with very complex matters and is always contactable." "She is terrific, very sensible and focused."
Recent work: Represented the police in Jeffreys v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. This case involved a claim that an officer made an arrest and concocted evidence to do a favour for another officer.

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Band 3

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elliot Gold
Frequently acts for forces in misconduct cases and in Police Appeals Tribunal hearings. He offers further advice in inquests and cases concerning police powers and obligations.
Strengths: "He has an ability to explain complex legal issues in language that is very easy to understand." "He has a cool, calm and reassuring manner."
Recent work: Acted for West Yorkshire Police in a judicial review concerning chief constables' statutory obligation to record police conduct and refer it to the IPCC.

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Band 3

5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Cicely Hayward
Acts for forces in a range of civil actions, inquests and employment issues. She is adept at handling cases concerning misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and discrimination.
Strengths: "She is very helpful, especially when dealing with a difficult litigant in person." "She is so detailed and good in conference because she is a calming influence, and she is good on her feet without being overbearing."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police in a claim for misfeasance in public office brought by two claimants who have been acquitted of a murder charge.

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Band 3

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura Johnson
Acts for forces in human rights claims, disclosure issues and employer liability matters. Her practice benefits from her additional expertise in personal injury cases.
Strengths: "She is extremely efficient, very bright and easy to work with." "She is very calm, reliable and impressive."
Recent work: Advised Essex Police on a claim for unreasonable force brought on behalf of a woman with mental health problems who was tasered after causing criminal damage and disruption to a secure mental health unit.

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Band 3

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sophie Mortimer
Regularly represents police forces in human rights claims, especially those brought under Article 2.
Strengths: "She's good to work with and is someone who has a nice rapport with instructing solicitors and witnesses."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought against Essex Police for failure to carry out an effective investigation into the death of the claimant's son, who was killed in a concrete mixer while at work.

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Band 3

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aaron Rathmell
Well regarded for his work on police misconduct matters, Employment Tribunals, inquests and civil claims, particularly related to human rights breaches and negligence. He has recent experience in cases involving firearms and shootings.
Strengths: "He has the most incredible level of intelligence and technical brilliance." "He has the people skills to assess the situation and respond accordingly."
Recent work: Defended the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police against a claim of negligence following the Raoul Moat shootings.

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Band 3

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Simcock 
Frequently acts for forces in gross misconduct proceedings and judicial reviews. She is well versed in cases concerning human rights issues and discrimination claims.
Strengths: "She's extremely bright and has good analytical skills. She's also excellent with clients - they feel comfortable with her."
Recent work: Advised the police on FY v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a judicial review claim of a victim of sexual assault where it was alleged that the police force had improperly taken no further action against the suspect.

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Band 3

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Skelt 
Well regarded for his employment practice, he regularly represents forces and officers in Employment Tribunal hearings. He is also experienced in inquests regarding police shootings.
Strengths: "He is a safe pair of hands and a pleasure to deal with. He is very responsive to requests for information and really takes the stress out of proceedings." "He is excellent with witnesses and in jury trials."
Recent work: Represented the chief constable in Marks v West Midlands Police, where the claimant alleged they had been beaten, sexually assaulted and racially abused by an officer.

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Band 3

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Geoffrey Weddell
Has a strong practice advising forces on false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecutions. He is also experienced in human rights and failure to investigate claims.
Strengths: "He has excellent client skills, he understands the law and the officers' perspective."

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Band 3

9 Gough Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Vincent Williams of 9 Gough Square
Frequently represents forces against claims of negligence, as well as false imprisonment, human rights breaches and discrimination. He also offers experience in cases concerning police informants and personal injury issues.
Strengths: "He is very effective, smooth, confident and advises his clients very well."
Recent work: Acted for the Metropolitan Police in claims for negligence and breach of Article 2 following the death of a 19-year-old girl who fell to her death while attempting to escape the police.

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Band 3

Oliver Williamson

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Williamson
Advises on several high-profile inquests and public interest matters. He is often instructed in significant misconduct proceedings, particularly involving assault and inappropriate sexual conduct.
Strengths: "He is very good." "His attention to detail is first-class."
Recent work: Acted for the appropriate authority in the dismissal of PC Julian Berry for sexually inappropriate behaviour.

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Up and Coming

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Cecily White
She has a wide-ranging police practice that encompasses inquests, inquiries, misconduct proceedings, judicial reviews and civil actions. She is also adept at handling cases concerning human rights, unlawful arrest and negligence claims.
Strengths: "She is very bright" and "demonstrates an ability to understand her brief, undertake research and produce high-quality advice." 

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