Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits
Acts for the police in claims based on Human Rights Act breaches, including those arising from investigative failures, negligence and the management of police information. She also handles claims for false imprisonment.
Strengths: "Very approachable, pragmatic and practical." "What I love about working with her is her attention to detail and her ability to summarise the issues succinctly and set out a strategy. She is always enthusiastic and is very easy to work with."
Recent work: Defended Thames Valley Police in claims for false imprisonment, wrongful arrest, negligence, and personal injury sustained while the claimant was under arrest in a police car which was involved in a collision. Successfully applied to strike out the proceedings.
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Police law, including civil claims for wrongful arrest; false imprisonment; malicious prosecution; discrimination; assault; and misfeasance. Policy advice. Police misconduct. Human rights. Inquests for the police and other public bodies. Extensive experience of dealing with vulnerable victims; mental health issues; sensitive and high-profile cases.
Notable cases include:
Civil: defending an Article 3 claim following use of a controversial spit hood; defending an Article 8 and DPA claim for disclosures about grooming allegations to an employer; strike out and GRO against a claimant contesting the validity of a Mental Health Act warrant.
Misconduct: junior counsel in the first gross misconduct case against an undercover officer accused of inappropriate relationships whilst undercover; proceedings arising from a fatal RTC following a police pursuit; officer dismissed for developing exploitative relationship with elderly person.
Inquests: 84-year-old man who died following police restraint; re-opened inquest into the death of a child after a cold-case murder inquiry; death of a young man with mental health issues living in sheltered accommodation
Called to the Bar 2003
Recorder of the Crown Court 2018
South Eastern Circuit; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association