Profile / Experience
I am a Solicitor in the Actions Against Public Authorities Department. I joined the firm in 2015 and specialise in claims against public authorities and inquests.
As a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, my aim is to hold public authorities to account when they abuse their powers, fail to observe their professional obligations, or otherwise act unlawfully.
I have a wide variety of experience in handling cases of misconduct, assault and battery, false imprisonment, misfeasance, malicious prosecution, negligence, and harassment. I also advise clients in relation to the mishandling of personal information amount to a breach of Data Protection legislation, discrimination, and breaches of human rights legislation. I assist in making complaints and bringing civil claims against the police, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, Local Authorities and various other government departments and public bodies.
I am a member of INQUEST, a national group of lawyers who provide and legal representation for bereaved families. When a family member dies and an inquest is opened to investigate that death, I represent the family's interests throughout the proceedings, providing advice and support through what are traumatic and confusing times for the family. I assist families in inquests regarding deaths in custody, hospital or other medical settings and in the wider community.
I also have considerable experience in criminal defence matters. My previous criminal practice allowed me to represent those who the State had charged with a criminal offence and to provide robust defence from the initial police interview, throughout the investigation, to the conclusion of the case at either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court, including advice on appeal against conviction and/or sentence.
I also have experience in representing individuals in public law matters where my clients included those requiring representation for a range of judicial reviews, asylum claims and appeals in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
I often work alongside my colleagues in the criminal defence, public law, personal injury and clinical negligence departments where a client’s matter merges into the claims against public authorities and inquests field.
I assist a wide variety of clients, many of whom are vulnerable and have experience in dealing with both legally aided and privately funded clients.