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This section covers representation of both police forces and constables in disciplinary proceedings, as well as civil claims against the police. See also Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) for representation of claimants against the police.

5 Essex Court is β€˜a highly regarded specialist set, making it a go-to for all areas of police law’. Its members frequently act for police forces. Jason Beer QC represented South Yorkshire Police in the Court of Appeal defending a claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard. Sir Cliff’s home was raided by the force in 2014 as part of β€˜Operation Yewtree’ after media organisations had been tipped off that the search was going to happen; Richard was never charged with any offence. Among the junior ranks, Charlotte Ventham is instructed by Greater Manchester Police in a judicial review claim concerning the retention of a crime report relating to a β€˜sext’ sent via Snapchat by a fourteen year old child.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜an ever-growing police set with excellent juniors and nationally recognised silks’. John Beggs QC continues to act for Essex Police in ongoing litigation brought by television presenter Michael Barrymore (known in litigation under his real name of Michael Parker). Both parties accept Barrymore was unlawfully arrested, following the discovery of a man’s body in his swimming pool, due to the arresting officer not being in possession of adequate information at the time of the arrest; what was in dispute was if nominal damages were adequate or not. In a landmark Supreme Court decision, Ian Skelt represented the defendant force in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, which found the force liable for injuries to an elderly woman who was knocked over during a struggle between two officers and an alleged drug dealer.

1 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Warnock QC represented the force in Supreme Court case James-Bowen v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, which concerned whether an employer owes a duty of care to defend litigation according not only to his own interests, but the interests of his employees; the facts concern the 2003 arrest of Babar Ahmad – better known for spending eight years in prison while fighting extradition to the UK – which the force accepted was carried out with β€˜serious unjustified violence’.

Three Raymond Buildings is best known for its work with the Police Federation and the firms of solicitors it instructs. Neil Saunders and Matthew Butt successfully defended four officers in a disciplinary case – heard in public, but with the officers anonymised due to threats of violence – concerning the death of Henry Hicks, who was killed in a moped crash after police officers followed him using flashing lights and sirens; Hicks was found in possession of seven bags of high-strength cannabis after the incident.

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