Police law

 

Police forces are still balancing the impact of funding cuts with the need to maintain a strong frontline police presence. Recent high-profile scandals have affected the public’s view and the trust placed by citizens in policing institutions. Moreover, challenges such as cyber-crime, fraud and knife violence demand the development of responsive and sophisticated policing strategies. Nevertheless, forces around the country continue to work very hard to deliver the services their communities require and it is our role to assist and act as a buffer that allows police to carry out their mission without the distraction presented by civil litigation or regulatory matters.

We offer a dedicated police and emergency services team that draws on the expertise of specialist lawyers to cover a whole range of matters, including disputes arising from complaints and allegations of misfeasance, assault or false imprisonment, motor, personal injury, occupational disease and stress as well as public inquiries, defamation, Data Protection, Human Rights, discrimination, Judicial Review and Inquests. We also advise on disciplinary issues, proceeds of crime and damage to police property.

Our lawyers understand police forces’ needs. We’ve acted for many of the largest and best-known police forces around the country for many years and our established record gives us in-depth knowledge of the requirements, pressures and concerns surrounding police work. We understand the need to safeguard morale, confidentiality and public relations, as well as the demands of the public purse.  We always offer straightforward, pragmatic advice that balances the need to control costs with the requirement to protect institutional reputations. We have a remarkable record of successfully defending unmeritorious claims, where possible recovering substantial costs.

By reviewing claims early and managing them efficiently, we help you identify emotive and potentially high profile cases that merit a specialist response, acting as a buffer against vexatious litigants and enabling you to focus on policing, rather than getting bogged down in the legal process. We’re a leading member of the National Forum of Police Defence Lawyers and work closely with the Association of Police Lawyers at a national level.

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Orla Scanlan

Orla Scanlan

Partner,
London



Testimonials


Extremely credible firm

Chambers and Partners 2019

The continuity of staff and their approachability is valued and fosters a relationship of trust.

Chambers & Partners, 2018

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Louise Booth

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Partner,
London


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