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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.
Gus Silverman is "impressive" - Legal 500 2014
“It’s extremely concerning that Bob was allowed to continue living on the seventh floor of a high rise block when the authorities knew that he was regularly lighting fires, living without electricity and suffering from a serious untreated mental illness.
“It is particularly concerning 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 the other residents of Carolina House safe.
“It is now incumbent on Bristol City Council and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to demonstrate that they have changed their practices and procedures following this shocking case.”
“The safety and welfare of young people housed within Medway’s walls should be the number one priority of staff.
“The findings of this joint report are shocking and it is clear that urgent change is needed to safeguard the young people there and provide them with the life skills and positive behaviours to equip them for life outside of institutions.
“I would urge HM Prison and Probation Service to act quickly on the report’s findings, not only to make urgent improvements but to offer reassurance to those whose children are living within the facility.”
“From the point of his arrest until the day of his death Callum was obviously mentally unwell and profoundly vulnerable. It is truly shocking that someone this ill was in prison in the first place.
“Callum repeatedly told police officers, prison officers and healthcare staff that he would kill himself. It is tragedy that no-one listened to him and took appropriate and obvious steps to keep him safe.
“Witnesses at Callum’s inquest gave evidence about lack of training and understaffing. It has been said many times that the prison service is in crisis. However, there is no sign of the political will needed to make urgent improvements and to provide the necessary resources to ensure that more families are not left grieving the loss of their loved ones in prison.
“A familiar mantra of ‘learning lessons’ is often repeated after deaths in our prisons. However, this is empty rhetoric so long as the prison service remains in crisis and we persist in sending seriously mental ill people to prison.”
“The failures in this case are depressingly familiar from other prison deaths. Whether because of poor training, understaffing or simple lack of care HMYOI Brinsford failed to keep Ondrej safe.
“This inquest has also heard worrying evidence that the prison service considers it is appropriate to allow prisons to operate with only one member of CPR trained staff on duty at any one time. Ondrej’s family now look to the head of the National Offender Management Service to act on the concerns of the Coroner regarding this policy.
"Our society needs to ask itself how many more prisoners must die before prison safety is made a priority.”
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