Orla Scanlan

Experience

  • I qualified as a solicitor in 1994, joined BLM in 2000 and made partner in 2003.
  • I am head of BLM's national police team and have over 20 years' experience in defending public liability and employers' liability claims on behalf of police forces across the country.
  • I am instructed to deal with claims involving assault, wrongful arrest, unlawful stop and search, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligence, misfeasance, handling of public order/demonstrations and deaths in police custody.
  • My particular strength is in advising on technical and complex claims arising out of alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act and associated Article 2 inquests.
  • I was instructed in the reported case of AAA v Chief Constable of Kent (2017) in which the claim against the police for damages for privation of liberty in breach of Article 5 was struck out in the High Court.

Membership/appointments

  • Chair of BLM's lawyers' forum.
  • Secretary of BLM's social committee.

Contact Details


+44 20 7865 3306
orla.scanlan@blmlaw.com
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Testimonials


Orla Scanlan is diligent, collaborative and trusted by clients. She has very good judgement and attention to detail. She is fantastic and personable.

Chambers & Partners 2020

Very approachable, easy to work with and has a wide knowledge of the sector

Chambers and Partners 2019

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