Police Law: Mainly Defendant - UK-wide
What the team is known for
Dolmans has a notable defendant team with a strong presence in Wales and the West Midlands. The firm advises a number of forces on failure to investigate, misfeasance in public office and malicious prosecution claims. It also demonstrates experience acting for police clients in defence of class actions involving multiple claimants. The team continues to represent police forces as interested parties in inquests concerning deaths following police contact.
"Dolmans handle very complex work involving both the police and social services. The team is always impressive, particularly when difficult challenges are at hand."
"As a practice, they present true depth."
"The team are very experienced. I am always astonished by their thorough and detailed analysis of issues."
Dolmans continued to defend West Midlands Police in the group litigation claims following the Hillsborough disaster.
Adrian Oliver focuses his practice on the defence of actions made against police forces, including civil claims and inquests. "Adrian consistently maintains a high level of professionalism." "He goes significantly beyond what is expected of solicitors; he is extremely professional and tactically fantastic."
Melanie Standley specialises in representing police forces in a variety of cases such as public and employers' liability claims and those involving death following police custody. "Melanie is truly fantastic at navigating complex cases where there is an interplay with police law and discrimination. She is technically strong and highly experienced." "She is detail-oriented and a true pleasure to work with."