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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.
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.
"He quickly grasped the issues, speedily drafted the claim and explained the matters without fuss or drama. He would carefully steer me to a more sensible course, and the end result was a truly excellent achievement." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Praised for being "always two steps ahead." He frequently represents vulnerable claimants in their claims for assault and human rights breaches. He offers additional experience in claims involving the use of tasers. Interviewees state that you can "absolutely trust his judgement, he knows how to take cases to success.” - Chambers & Partners, 2018
“Very bright and capable" - Legal 500, 2017
Gus Silverman is "impressive" - Legal 500, 2014
“It is a matter of significant concern that the usual practice of GPs within the University of Bristol’s Student Health Service appears to breach the guidance issued by NICE and others regarding the prescription of antidepressants to young people at risk of suicide.
"The guidance has been developed for good reason and should be at the forefront of GPs’ minds when caring for this very vulnerable group. This is particularly true for GPs in the Student Health Service given the alarmingly high number of students enrolled at the University of Bristol who have tragically taken their own lives in recent years.”
“The University owed a duty of care to Natasha. It’s hard to understand how such a deeply vulnerable student received no direct contact from trained members of staff within the University’s Student Services, in which it has invested so much money in recent years.
“An apparent lack of information sharing, coordination and compliance with the University’s own policies on supporting disabled students left Natasha exposed to stresses which could and have should have been removed.
“At the same time we know that Natasha was being badly let down by specialist mental health services who failed to put in place a timely and adequate plan to mitigate Natasha’s risk of suicide.
“At various points throughout the inquest process the University of Bristol has sought to dismiss concerns raised on behalf of Natasha’s family by arguing that it is ‘not subject to any statutory requirement to provide health services’. The University objected to the family’s request for the inquest to sit with a jury and submitted that there was no ‘legal or factual basis for intensive scrutiny’ of its actions.
“There is an unfortunate and uncomfortable contrast between the arguments advanced by the University in this case and its other public pronouncements about wanting to learn lessons from the alarmingly high number of deaths amongst its students. It is to be hoped that the University will now reflect carefully on the meaningful changes it needs to make as a result of Natasha’s death.”
“The number of deaths of students at University of Bristol is understandably a cause of grave concern for many parents and for society at large.
“Robert and Margaret have been devastated by the loss of their talented and intelligent daughter. The last year has been incredibly difficult for them.
“Natasha’s parents hope that the inquest will provide them with the answers they deserve about the events leading up to her death.”
The number of recent deaths amongst students at the University of Bristol has been a matter of considerable, and understandable, public concern.
“Natasha’s family now look forward to a full and fearless investigation of the circumstances surrounding her death.”
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