Jessie Waldman is a solicitor specialising in claims against public authorities, with a focus in claims against the police. She has assisted clients in securing successful settlements on claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and breaches of the Data Protection Act. She also acts for family members of those who died in police and prison custody in inquests and other investigations arising from the deaths.
Jessie is interested in how data is held about individuals and the implications for civil liberties. She also acts for clients challenging improperly given police cautions, and has secured a settlement for a client relating to the improper disclosure of private information, by police staff.
Jessie is currently working on several Human Rights Act claims seeking to hold police to account for their historical failure to investigate rape allegations. She has acted in a claim under the Equality Act 2010 challenging excessive use of force against a person suffering from mental health issues.
Jessie has a particular interest in working with young people and is currently instructed in a group claim challenging unlawful restraint techniques on juveniles. Before becoming a solicitor she worked as youth educator in relation to sexual health issues, and was involved in campaigning for better access to medicines for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, firstly as a student activist and then as a charity trustee.
Prior to joining Bhatt Murphy in September 2016, Jessie trained at Fisher Meredith LLP, where she gained experience in Children Law, Immigration Law, Police Actions and Immigration Detention. She has also previously worked for Leigh Day as a Clinical Negligence Paralegal.
Jessie has the Higher Rights Advocacy qualification. She is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group and sits on Bhatt Murphy’s Equality and Diversity Committee.
Notable recent cases include:
• R (on the Application of Y) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (2017): Secured the removal of a police caution given to a vulnerable victim of domestic abuse for biting her abuser on the ear
• Inquest touching upon the death of Mark Vagnoni (2017): Acted for the mother of a prisoner who was found hanging in his cell at HMP Bedford. The jury found that systemic failings by the prison and healthcare authorities contributed to his death. Jessie is now assisting the family with a civil claim for breach of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights
• AB v A Chief Officer (2017): Achieved an admission of liability and settlement for victim of improper disclosure of private information by police
• Acting for the family of a woman who died at a police station in Lancashire, in an inquest, IPCC investigation and civil claim
• Bringing a group claim regarding unlawful restraint techniques used against juveniles detained in a Secure Training Centre.