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I represent clients who have been harmed by the unlawful actions of the police and other state agencies, including the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service. I also represent clients bringing legal actions against private companies delivering services within the criminal justice system.
Many of my cases concern complaints and civil actions against the police. These include seeking accountability on behalf of clients who have been:
I also act for the families of loved ones who have died in police or prison custody or following contact with the police.
My notable cases include:
Prior to qualification I trained at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors in London where I worked on a number of high profile cases, including:
Upon qualification I practised at Fisher Meredith in London where I continued to develop my expertise in the field of civil liberties law in general, and actions against the police in particular.
In November 2014 I moved to Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office, from where I continue to represent claimants and complainants from across England & Wales.
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“Bob was a desperately vulnerable man who lived in highly dangerous conditions for more than a year prior to his death.
“It is a matter of serious concern that none of the statutory agencies involved in Bob’s case sufficiently understood the legal powers they had available to them to keep him and other people safe. It is now for Bristol City Council and the Avon Wilshire Partnership to learn the lessons arising from this inquest so that vulnerable people living in the community receive a suitable, and safe, level of care.”
“Clearly there are a number of serious concerns about the way Michael was dealt with by police. The footage from the police body cameras shows that before firing the Taser officers failed to take more than cursory steps to obtain the advice of mental health specialists, despite the fact that they were literally in the car park of a hospital. Most concerning of all is the use of a Taser on mentally ill individual who was asking officers to talk to him.
“This appears to have been a case of officers using a Taser because they decided an hour was long enough for them to spend with Michael, as opposed to as a last resort. As the recent death of Dalian Atkinson has tragically illustrated, Tasers can be fatal. They must only be used where less dangerous options have first been considered and reasonably rejected.
“Better training for front line officers, and better systems for securing rapid support from mental health services, are necessary to ensure that my client’s experience is less likely to be repeated in future.
“We are glad to have secured a substantial settlement from Bedfordshire Police but the force has failed to apologise for their actions, despite being asked to do so on multiple occasions. My client hopes that the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire will reconsider his position and apologise so that Michael can start to put this distressing experience behind him.”
“This tragic case highlights real concerns about the quality of the care and treatment provided to some of the most vulnerable patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
“Abbi’s family have been left devastated by her avoidable death. As the jury’s conclusions have made clear, there were a significant number of basic failures leading up the decision to take Abbi out of a secure environment on 16 April 2015, a decision which ultimately led to her death.
“It is particularly shocking that the Trust waited for over an hour before contacting the police. When the police were contacted the Trust failed to tell them that Abbi had previously attempted to jump from a car park. Had this information been provided to the police with the necessary urgency there was a real chance that Abbi’s death could have been avoided.
“It is now imperative that lessons are learned from this tragic case so that vulnerable detained patients are provided with an appropriate level of care in order to prevent similar deaths occurring in the future.”
“An effective, impartial police complaints system is essential to maintaining public confidence and preventing police misconduct from undermining the work of good police officers.
“The current police complaints system regularly fails to uphold meritorious complaints brought by victims of police misconduct and negligence. Unfortunately we regularly see cases were complaints are not investigated with sufficient rigour or objectivity.
“This is often because complaints against police officers are normally investigated by colleagues from the same force, and often from the same police station. At times complaints are investigated by officers or civilian employees who do not properly understand the law concerning governing powers. Even when complaints are rigorously investigated complainants often find it difficult to trust the police’s conclusions because of a perceived lack of impartiality.
“The fact that so many appeals are being escalated to the IPCC and then upheld after an investigation indicates that its caseworkers are better able to consider complaints objectively because of their independence from the police.
“Some of the proposed reforms, such as allowing disciplinary proceedings to be taken against officers who have retired or transferred to another force, are welcome. However, in general these reforms are a missed opportunity to give the IPCC the resources and powers it needs to investigate all serious complaints.”
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