Police Law: Mainly Defendant Department

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What the team is known for Leading police practice acting for forces across the country on inquests and judicial reviews, public liability claims and claims of human rights abuses. Frequently acts on claims for assault, malicious prosecution and misfeasance. Provides additional representation in employer liability matters and public inquiries. Further expertise in handling road traffic accident claims involving police forces.

Strengths One commentator appreciates the team's ability to provide ''clear and concise advice'' and adds: ''They have always been very friendly and extremely expedient in response to my queries.''

Work highlights Represented South Wales Police in a dispute concerning malicious prosecution and misfeasance against a former solicitor.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Rutherford represents forces in public inquests and judicial reviews. Interviewees say: ''He works incredibly hard and is a trusted player.''

Hannah Walsh is "steeped in police law," according to impressed interviewees. She is head of the firm's London police team and is regularly called upon for her expertise in judicial reviews, public inquiries and inquests.

John Riddell is recognised for his extensive experience in complex police law litigation. He advises on judicial reviews and human rights matters.

Department head Martin Forshaw is praised by market commentators for his ''collaborative and sensible approach.'' He frequently acts in high-profile cases involving police forces, with recent activity in relation to claims under the Data Protection Act.

Nick Peel remains a well-established figure in the market and has recently been involved in significant judicial review proceedings on behalf of the police. He is also well equipped to assist forces in employer liability matters and acts on malicious prosecution claims.