At St Pauls Chambers, barristers advise on many different courses of action against the police. Members of Chambers have substantial experience of such civil cases, including written advice and advocacy.

It is important to note that in such cases the barristers at St Pauls Chambers do not accept instruction under the Public Access Scheme.  We work alongside a number of reputable solicitors firms.  The solicitors are best placed to make an initial assessment of your claim and instruct a barrister to provide an opinion on the prospects of success.  Funding these claims can be costly so it is important that you have the benefit of advice from a solicitor about the funding options available to you.  We do not offer no-win, no-fee, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements, (CFA) without a solicitor being instructed and not all barristers will accept instruction under a CFA.

Solicitors Firms on Actions Against the Police

Cases involving actions against the police are civil claims for compensation made through the courts. The police have extensive powers, and it’s vital that citizens who have been subject to abuse of these powers are able to bring civil actions against the police.

Legal action against police is brought by those who have been wronged by the police in some way.

Such claims go further than a mere complaint; when bringing legal action against the police, victims of police misconduct usually seek financial compensation and contributions towards their legal costs. However, there are instances where additional remedies such as an apology, the destruction of DNA and personal data, or a correction of records held on the Police National Computer can arise.

Legal Action Against Police

Every case relating to actions against the police is different. The most prevalent types of claim relate to:

  • False imprisonment
  • Assault/battery
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Misfeasance in public office
  • Trespass
  • Negligence

Actions Against the Police Case Studies

  • In 2021, one of our members, Ayman Khokhar, successfully represented a claimant bringing legal action against the police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. The claimant won damages on the basis that the police did not have reasonable grounds for suspicion prior to her arrest.
  • In 2020, Richard Barraclough KC counselled the respondent to an appeal claim of police negligence when a lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and his unattended lorry then had its cargo stolen in an area known for thefts.

Why Choose St Pauls Chambers?

At St Pauls Chambers, our barristers have considerable experience in both bringing and defending actions against the police. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach so you will receive not only the expert knowledge of your barrister, but the support of the entire team.

From advising pre-action, drafting cogent pleadings, devising an effective case strategy, to persuasive trial advocacy, Actions Against the Police barristers at St Pauls provide first-class representation throughout proceedings.


“The clerking team is responsive, extremely approachable and knowledgeable”

The Legal 500

Get in touch

For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.

Actions Against The Police Barristers

James Bourne-Arton

James Bourne-Arton KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2024

David Hughes

David Hughes

Call: 1997

Hannah Hinton

Hannah Hinton

Call: 2008

Temitayo Dasaolu

Temitayo Dasaolu

Call: 2018

Ayman Khokhar

Ayman Khokhar

Call: 2018

Emma Handley

Emma Handley

Call: 2019

Contact Us

Chambers is centrally located within walking distance of the train station, secure car parks and the Courts.

Contact Us

St Pauls Chambers
Park Row House
19-20 Park Row

For out of hours assistance please call the senior clerk on 07854170429.

The switchboard will open from 08:30 until 17:30

Phone: +44 (0)1132 455 866
Email: [email protected]
CJSM: [email protected]

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