Edwards & Co

Police Law: Mainly Defendant Department

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Led by Partner, Michael May, ranked Band 3 for Police Law: mainly defendant (UK Wide) and Band 2 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, ranked as an ‘Associate to watch’ 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. 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. Our team provides expert criminal law advice and representation for all categories of criminal offences.

Key clients include the Police Federation for Northern Ireland.