Police Forces in the UK have a wide range of powers to detain and investigate members of the public. Problems arise when those forces choose to abuse their powers.
Police misconduct is often sudden, unexpected and life-changing for those on the receiving end. Many people are bewildered and then shocked at the extent the police are then prepared to protect their own interests against those they are sworn to protect.
Many people do not realise that it is possible to formally complain, take legal action and obtain damages if the police have been found to have acted unlawfully.
This is why Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Personal Injury solicitors are here.
We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully achieving compensation for clients who have made claims against the police.
Typical claims skilfully and sympathetically handled by the Attwaters Jameson Hill Personal Injury team include:
- Wrongfully arrested, detained or prosecuted
- Wrongfully stopped and searched, house and car searched
- Wrongful information given by the police to others when they should not have done so
- Victim of a crime given inappropriate service
- Witness of a crime given inappropriate service
Some of our current clients in this field of claim include:
- Protesters who have been unlawfully stopped from protesting
- Football fans who have been unfairly targeted on match days
- A group of young adults arrested and kept in custody even though an eye witness had confirmed that they were not the correct offenders
- A businesswoman whose personal photograph was taken by police during a search at her premises and has not been returned
Unlike other firms, the Attwaters Jameson Hill Personal Injury Team doesn’t just dabble in this work – we have made a long term commitment to act for those whose voices were not heard.
For injured parties, compensation is not the only outcome – we make ourselves fully involved in the complaints process. In some cases legal action can also lead to other remedies, such as an apology and removal of fingerprints and DNA from the police database.
Civil claims against the police are often complex in terms of the evidence and the relevant law. Claims for damages against police forces and individual officers are brought in the County Court. Whilst most civil claims against the police are contested they are often settled without the need to proceed to a final hearing.
Most claims need to be brought within 3 years of the claim arising. However, claims under the Human Rights Act must be brought within one year and most discrimination claims must be brought within 6 months.
If you think you may have grounds for a claim against the police, Attwaters Jameson Hill will offer you a jargon-free consultation and assessment free of charge.
If you have a strong case, please don’t delay. Call us now for free specialist advice and no win no fee representation.