We specialise in representing those who have suffered ill-treatment or abuse of power at the hands of the police and other detaining authorities.
Our aim is to achieve accountability and redress for our clients and to provide high quality advice upon all available legal remedies. We are recognised by policy-makers, opponents but most importantly by our clients, as the leading firm in this field.
The cases we work on address all aspects of mistreatment and unlawful acts against those in custody and encompass false imprisonment and arrest cases, representing victims of unlawful police stop and search, failures to investigate hate crimes and crimes of sexual violence, the policing of protests and demonstrations, inquests and inquiries into custodial deaths, the illegal use and retention of data and the inappropriate use of reprimands and warnings.
Our police misconduct team is composed of 6 partners, 5 solicitors, 4 trainee solicitors and 2 paralegals. As with all aspects of work at Bhatt Murphy, we work as a team and our clients benefit from this collaborative style of working.
Bhatt Murphy’s lawyers appreciate that effective remedies are not achieved through legal intervention alone. We are committed to working with our partners in non-governmental organisations and campaigning groups to try and achieve progress outside of the court room. We also support our clients in their own campaigns by providing advice on how best to achieve public awareness through social media and national and international news agencies.
Members of the Bhatt Murphy police misconduct team have played an active role in rectifying systemic defects with the aim of seeking genuine accountability for those who suffer mistreatment at the hands of the police. We have contributed evidence to the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture, the United Nations, the Butler Inquiry, the Home Affairs Select Committee concerning Police Complaints & Discipline, the Middleton Report Reviewing Civil Justice and Legal Aid, the Morris Inquiry, the Hillsborough Independent Panel and other policy forums.
Our Police Law specialists
Raju Bhatt, Shamik Dutta, Carolynn Gallwey, Tony Murphy, Megan Phillips, Chanel Dolcy, Michael Oswald, Sophie Naftalin, Jane Ryan and Catherine Shannon work with individuals who have been victims of police misconduct or unfair decision making by the police.
"I can only say that I find this team to be world class. They have made me feel as valued as when I first stepped through the door, with the level of service never changing."
Chambers & Partners 2018
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