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Gimhani Eriyagolla



I practise in Actions Against the Police arising out of unlawful police misconduct including breaches under the Human Rights Act 1998. I also represent families whose loved ones have died as a result of failings by state authorities, such as the police or prison services. I both completed my training contract and have previous paralegal experience in these areas.

I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2016 in the Public Law & Human Rights department. Prior to joining Irwin Mitchell, I trained at Bhatt Murphy solicitors where I assisted on the following notable cases:

  • A successful claim for compensation against the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, and an apology, for a student violently assaulted as he tried to leave a student fees protest in 2010.
  • An inquest touching upon the death of Gavin Williams, who died in the army in 2006, as a result of an unlawful system of 'beasting'.
  • An inquest touching upon the death of Kingsley Burrell, who died following a prolonged and brutal restraint by the police.
  • A successful claim against the Home Office for their prolonged detention of an Iranian national.


I have written the following articles for Solicitors Journal and Young Lawyer:

  • "Gen Y(LAL): a lost generation of legal aid lawyers?" November 2014
  • "Justice on trial: will you join the fight?" July 2015
  • "Training for today in legal aid" January 2016

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