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Edwards & Co

Police Law: Mainly Defendant

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What the team is known for

Principal firm acting for Police Federation for Northern Ireland officers on misconduct proceedings, disciplinary hearings and appeals tribunals. Advises on criminal prosecutions, and also acts for members of the Superintendents' Association for Northern Ireland.

Strengths

The team is admired by sources for its "excellent blend of skills underpinned by good organisation and customer focus."

Notable practitioners

Michael May handles a variety of issues exclusively for the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, including disciplinary and regulatory proceedings.
"He is without question the most experienced practitioner in defending police officers this jurisdiction has ever seen." "Michael is very friendly and approachable."

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Overview

Led by Partner, Michael May, ranked Band 3 for Police Law: mainly defendant (UK Wide) and Band 1 Professional Discipline, he is described by clients as "a fearless and effective adviser, with unrivalled experience." He is " upfront, easy to contact and approachable."

An "expert in the field of police discipline," Michael May represents police officers in police misconduct proceedings including disciplinary hearings, Chief Constable Reviews and before the Police Appeals Tribunals relating to allegations of breaches of the PSNI Code of Ethics. Our skilled team frequently represents officers in Judicial Review proceedings and Inquests; “they are full of compassion. I can't speak highly enough of them.”

Julie Leonard is known for her representation of public bodies in contentious employment tribunal matters. She advises on all employment issues to and commentators commend her experience; "The service she delivers to us as a client is outstanding."

Associate Raymond Johnston advises on all police pension related matters to include applications, appeals and Judicial Review.

Associate Kellie Morwood advises in all areas of criminal law, Judicial Review and police pensions.

The Department has a long-established criminal law practice specialising in police station, Magistrates' and Crown Court work, with particular speciality representing serving and retired police officers.

Key clients include the Police Federation for Northern Ireland.

Police Law: Mainly Defendant

Edwards & Co

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Location

28 Hill Street

Belfast

County Antrim

UK

BT1 2LA

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Police Law: Mainly Defendant


Michael May
Band 3