Actions Against Police

The role of the police is to protect people and facilitate justice, so suffering mistreatment at the hands warrants legal action. Misconduct leading to a wrongful conviction can have enormous implications on freedom, career prospects and self-worth. The consequences can be far-reaching and immensely damaging. Making complaints against such an organisation can be a daunting prospect – we provide reassurance and insight if you are looking to take legal action. There are a wide range of remedies available. The action taken and the body that the complaint will be made to will depend on what has occurred.


Types of Claims

We offer advice and representation in many different actions against police, including:

  • Wrongful arrest/false imprisonment.

  • Malicious prosecution/malicious procurement

  • Assault

  • Negligence

  • Race discrimination

  • Human rights claims

  • Miscarriage of justice claims

  • Deaths in custody

Some matters warrant a formal complaint against a police officer, while others require complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and others point to a civil litigation claim.


Remedies Available

When taking an action against police, some of the remedies available are damages, an apology, a finding of liability, a declaration of illegality, deletion of your personal information from the Police National Computer Record, changes to police practice and cost recovery.


How We Can Help

We can assist in making complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and private civil litigation claims. We understand the daunting nature of these kinds of complaints. We emphasise to our clients that complaints about police are no more or less valid for people who have been in trouble with the law in the past than for people who are known figures in the community. We try to level the playing field and make justice accessible to everyone.

To talk to us about actions against police, please call our Bayswater office on freephone 0800 524 4709 to make an appointment or fill in our contact form.


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