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UK Bar Guide 2023
All Circuits Police Law: Mainly Claimant
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Band 2

7 Ranked Lawyers

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Police Law: Mainly Claimant - All Circuits
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Band 2

Matrix Chambers is a superb human rights and public law set whose barristers are frequently instructed in a range of actions against the police, including claims pertaining to fatalities, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, and human rights claims in relation to the police's failure to investigate. They have appeared in cases including the Jermaine Baker public inquiry and act for core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Client service

"The practice team are the best in class, and they go above and beyond for instructing solicitors."

"All the clerks are very friendly, efficient and accommodating. Paul Venables, practice manager, in particular is so helpful and kind, and nothing is ever too much trouble."

Notable Practitioners

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Phillippa Kaufmann KC
Star Individuals

Phillippa Kaufmann KC is an exceptional civil liberties barrister who can boast considerable experience in claims against the police. She is highlighted for her skills in advocacy and is frequently instructed in high-profile public inquiries and ground-breaking human rights claims in relation to the police's investigatory failures. Of particular note in recent years is her work on behalf of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

"The doyenne of police law."

"She is not afraid to put her head above the parapet on behalf of her clients. She has an ability to wade through dense content to reach the nub of the argument with speed, and delivers it with finesse and precision."

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Raj Desai
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Band 1

Raj Desai is a strong barrister offering experience in civil claims against the police concerning deaths during police contact, as well as human rights-related claims.

"A really creative thinker who can be relied upon to read every page, know the brief back to front, and then put the case beautifully in court. A joy to work with."

"A fantastic police law barrister who is both meticulous and strategic."

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Helen Law
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Band 1

Helen Law is a highly regarded barrister, known for her expertise in complex civil claims against the police regarding malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault. She is also active in judicial review concerning the police's failure to investigate and the misuse of private information.

"Delightful to work with and always goes the extra mile. She is very good at articulating potentially pivotal points and is a fearless advocate."

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Jesse Nicholls
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Band 1

Jesse Nicholls is an increasingly prominent barrister in the field of actions against the police. He is highly regarded for his work in cases relating to death during police contact, assault and police restraint, as well as claims alleging the failure to investigate or protect.

"A really bright individual with good tactical sense and advocacy skills."

"A fantastic advocate who works phenomenally hard."

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Hugh Southey KC
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Band 1

Hugh Southey KC specialises in judicial review challenging police action or inaction, including the disclosure of information or failure to investigate. He has taken on a number of cases scrutinising the role of the Northern Irish police during the Troubles.

"I would particularly praise Hugh for his client service. He is always approachable and supportive. He makes the law and litigation exciting."

"A thoughtful and clever advocate."

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Richard Hermer KC
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Band 2

Richard Hermer KC acts in civil claims concerning issues ranging from police shootings to the unlawful disclosure of information. He focuses his practice on claims against the police and the security services.

"Richard is very clever and judges love listening to him. He is always on top of his game."

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Ifeanyi Odogwu
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Band 3

Ifeanyi Odogwu is lauded for his expertise in claimant representation, covering a range of actions against the police concerning restraint, death in custody and retention of data. He is noted for his specialism in discrimination and the representation of bereaved families.

"In actions against the police, Ifeanyi is extremely impressive and so cooperative. He is such a good team player and overall a very good advocate."

"Strikingly good."

Ranked Barristers at
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Phillippa Kaufmann KC
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Hugh Southey KC
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Band 1
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Richard Hermer KC
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Band 2

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All Circuits

Police Law: Mainly Claimant

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Helen Law
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Band 1
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Jesse Nicholls
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Band 1
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Raj Desai
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Ifeanyi Odogwu
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Band 3