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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
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.”
This is an incredibly tragic case and, more than a year after Dee’s death her family remain understandably devastated by the loss of a much-loved mother, sister, aunt and daughter.
“Dee’s family has had a number of concerns regarding her death. The jury’s conclusion and the previous warnings the Health Board had received sadly shows that more should have been done to prevent Dee’s death.
“It is matter of particular concern that as long ago as October 2015 Health Inspectorate Wales had raised an “immediate concern” regarding ligature points and audits at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. It should not have taken this death for the Cwm Taf University Health Board to remove such an obvious ligature point on the acute mental health ward at the Royal Glamorgan.
“It is now imperative that mental health wards throughout the country give urgent consideration to whether they are providing a safe environment for their patients.”
This is a truly shocking case of police officers acting well beyond their powers and assaulting a family in their own home.
“Police officers should never try to seize property unless they are crystal clear that they are acting lawfully. The officers in this case seem to have thought they were dealing with a gang of dangerous criminals, rather than two pensioners and their son who had reported being harassed by their neighbours.
“Although the police have admitted legal liability they have notably failed to apologise for assaulting and falsely imprisoning Ghislaine and Ralph, or for trespassing in their home and breaching the Human Rights Act. Instead the police have only given my clients a bland apology for the ‘the quality of service’ they received.
“If West Mercia Police is to retain the trust of the public it serves then it must issue a full and unconditional apology without delay.”
“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.”
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