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Civil Actions Against the Police

Have you ever been the victim of police misconduct?

Civil Actions Against the Police

If you have been a victim of police misconduct, harassment or have been mistreated by the police whilst in police custody, you could be entitled to compensation. You do not have to accept poor police conduct, if your civil liberties or human rights have been infringed, HNK Solicitors can pursue your police complaint for you.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated Actions Against the Police and civil liberties solicitors with specialist knowledge in this area, who can help provide advice and support with your police complaint. We want to ensure you get the outcome you desire, whether this is a formal apology, disciplinary action against the officer(s) involved or compensation for your mistreatment.

Step 1

Get in touch using our contact forms or any details provided throughout the site.

Step 2

We arrange a free consultation with you to discuss the case

Step 3

If accepted we will action your case on a no win no fee basis.

We understand this process can be challenging and emotionally demanding but our expert solicitors will guide you through the process. We represent clients throughout England and Wales in a wide variety of police conduct cases. Some are instances of minor conduct issues however others are serious failings and gross misconduct issues that have resulted in officers being sent to prison and dismissed.

Examples of Police Misconduct:

There are many different types of police misconduct which you can claim against, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Police dog bites
  • Wrongful arrest/False Imprisonment
  • Unlawful stop and search
  • Negligence
  • Breach of human rights (e.g. unlawful strip search/trespass to your home)
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Misfeasance in public office (abuse of power by the police)
  • Discrimination under the equality act (e.g. racial, sexual, etc.)
  • Retention/misuse of personal information such as DNA and finger-prints
  • Disclosure and Barring service complaints
  • Judicial Review
  • Trespass to property
  • Breach of data protection
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Case Study

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HNK Solicitors secure £84,734 in unlawful arrest claim

At HNK Solicitors, we have an experienced and dedicated action against the police department. We are highly experienced in helping clients to claim compensation after they have suffered mistreatment or misconduct by the police. We recently accepted instruction on an unlawful arrest claim on a no-win, no-fee basis. Demi Drury, Senior Associate and Head of the action against the police department handled the case. The client, who will be referred to as M, came to...
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What should you do?

You need to make a complaint to the police force you are complaining about within one year of the incident. Ideally, this should be a written statement with your full name, address and contact information as well as details of the allegation and complaints you are making. The police complaint process can be quite complex so it is beneficial to instruct a specialist solicitor on police conduct. Consult HNK before you make your police complaint and we can review it for you. The purpose of the complaint is to have the particular officer investigated for the complaint that was made.

 

The force then allocates your complaints to an officer or to the professional standards department to investigate it. It will then be dealt within one of two ways. Local resolution is used in less serious complaints and Local Investigation is used for more serious police complaints where a complaint needs to be investigated further. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation you are given 28 days to appeal the decision.

 

The civil action against the police is conducted with the purpose of obtaining compensation for mistreatment and/or an admission of liability. Actions against the police are often highly defended so it is highly advised you have an experienced legal team, such as ourselves, to help fight your case for you, if you want a successful outcome.  

What can we do for you?

Our actions against the police and civil liberties solicitors have fought many cases throughout the country and are recognised as leaders in the field of human rights law and actions against the police.

 

We are proud to offer a no-win-no-fee service, depending on the facts of your case and an initial assessment. This means you won’t have to pay a penny upfront. We also routinely act under private funding and legal expenses policies. Contact us today to find out more.

Free Consultation

Contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation discussion about your police complaint.

No-win-no-fee

Dependent on the details of your case we can offer a no-win-no-fee service, so it won’t cost you a penny to begin the process of making your civil liberties claim. You are then only expected to pay a percentage of the compensation you are awarded when your case is won.

Get the outcome you desire

Our expert lawyers will fight the police complaint on your behalf, to get the outcome you desire.
FAQ

What can your Actions Against the Police department help me with?

Our AAP department deals with cases where there have been allegations of Police Misconduct.
We have helped hundreds of clients who have suffered a range of issues, such as:

• Wrongful Arrest and imprisonment
• Wrongful stop and search
• Discrimination
• Malicious Prosecution
• Assault and Battery
• Trespass to property
• Human Rights breaches
• Data protection breaches
• Seizure of property

I live outside of the North-West; can you still help me?

We try our best to help anyone who has encountered a problem with the Police. We regularly accept instructions from clients nationwide. Despite our office being based in Liverpool, we can represent clients all over England and Wales. We can deal with matters by way of telephone, letter, and email. We also have a facility so that our clients can sign documentation electronically to not only speed the process of progressing your case but helping us do our bit for the environment too!

Can I take the police to court myself?

In this country, as long as you do not have a civil restraint order, you can issue Court proceedings, however, actions against the police are highly contentious. In our view, the litigation process can be complex for the layperson, so we urge anyone who is wanting to take the police to court to seek legal advice before doing so.

Further, it would be imperative to understand the litigation process and the law to ensure you have the best chance of success.

Won’t the Police just delete the video footage?

If you have suffered an injustice or misconduct by the Police, it is important to act quickly so all relevant footage can be retained. If you instruct us, our specialist team will ensure a request is made for all footage and ensure the police force do everything reasonable to help secure the same.

What is the difference between a police complaint and a police claim?

A police complaint is different from a police claim, as the complaint deals with the standards of professional behaviour and whether the officer has breached the same. If the officer is found to be in breach, then sanctions may be imposed against the officer, such as dismissal, suspension, restricted duties or a warning. The complaints process can also refer the officer to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Unfortunately, in our experience, officers are rarely sanctioned, and the complaints procedure is not always fit for purpose.
A police claim, on the other hand, deals solely with compensation following police misconduct. Unlike a complaint, a civil claim is pursed through the Court system and if successful, can result in damages and legal costs being paid by the Defendant police force.

When should I make a complaint?

Initial complaints need to be made to the relevant police force within one year of the incident. A claim for personal injury damages needs to be made within three years of the incident. Other aspects of your claim such as matters arising under the Human Rights Act must be made within one year. For discrimination complaints, a complaint must be made within six months of the incident. In other areas such as malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and misfeasance in public office, a claim must be made within six years.

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