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UK UK-wide Police Law: Mainly Defendant

This section features law firms and lawyers who defend police forces, the IPCC and coroners against actions and judicial review proceedings, including issues relating to unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, treatment in custody and inquests.

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Band 1
  1. 1
    Clyde & Co LLP
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 1 | 36 Years Ranked
    Clyde & Co has a comprehensive practice representing police forces and their insurers in matters often involving deaths or injuries in police custody. The firm offers additional experience acting for police forces on high-profile terrorism matters and claims brought under Articles 2 and 8 of the Human Rights Act. It also represents police forces against claims for misfeasance, negligence, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment. The department further focuses on cases surrounding domestic violence following police involvement.
  2. Weightmans
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 1
Band 2
  1. DAC Beachcroft LLP
    DAC Beachcroft LLP
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    DAC Beachcroft houses a prominent police practice that handles a range of complex claims, including those involving allegations of failure to investigate or to prevent death. The team's offering also includes activity in relation to human rights and data protection issues on behalf of police forces.
  2. Plexus Law
    Plexus Law
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Plexus Law is a panel police team with a wide geographical spread advising forces on a range of mandates. The firm regularly defends chief constables in civil claims relating to negligence. It also represents forces and their insurers in public and employers' liability matters, particularly in relation to injuries caused during police training.
  3. Dolmans
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 2
Band 3
  1. DWF
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 3 | 21 Years Ranked
    DWF advises a range of forces on defending claims of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office. It handles complex Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act claims involving complex, multiparty litigation on behalf of police forces.
  2. Edwards & Co
    Edwards & Co
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 3 | 10 Years Ranked
    Edwards & Co is the principal firm acting for Police Federation for Northern Ireland officers in misconduct proceedings, disciplinary hearings and appeals tribunals. The team advises on criminal prosecutions and also acts for members of the Superintendents' Association for Northern Ireland.
  3. JMW Solicitors LLP
    JMW Solicitors LLP
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    JMW Solicitors has an expert Manchester-based team that represents both serving and retired individual officers in a variety of police law matters. It regularly advises on inquests and misconduct proceedings, as well as allegations of sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.
  4. 3
    Reynolds Dawson
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Reynolds Dawson is a widely respected criminal defence firm that acts for police officers in criminal and disciplinary proceedings, as well as judicial reviews. The firm has a strong London-based practice regularly representing officers in cases involving deaths following police contact. It also acts on high-profile inquests and inquiries.
  5. Hempsons
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 3