I am the Director of Actions Against Public Authorities at Duncan Lewis and a solicitor within the criminal defence department.
Action Against Public Authorities
I am Director of the Actions Against Public Authorities and Inquests Department at Duncan Lewis. I joined the firm in 2016 and specialise in both actions against public authorities and criminal defence work.
My driving force is holding public authorities to account when they act unlawfully, abuse their powers, or fail to observe their duty of care. I have significant experience in handling misconduct cases relating to battery and assault, false imprisonment, misfeasance, malicious prosecution, and negligence.
I assist a wide variety of clients, many of whom are vulnerable as a result of experiencing abuse and/or negligence. I assist them in making complaints against public authorities, including the police, prison service, government departments and their agencies. I also advise in relation to the mishandling of personal information, discrimination and breaches of legislation designed to protect basic human rights.
When a death has occurred in custody, I represent bereaved families in inquest proceedings and investigations into the death. Many years of experience enables me to effectively represent those families with the sensitivity required for such distressing cases as well as in the stressful environment of the courtroom itself. My status as a duty solicitor allows me to represent clients throughout their matters, from the initial police investigation to subsequent crown prosecutions. As such, I have an unique insight as a civil litigator into the police and Crown Prosecution Service procedures.
As a solicitor within the criminal defence department, I have robust experience in criminal defence litigation and advocacy, having conducted numerous successful trials; both in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. I work closely with the directors of the crime department on a number of matters many of which involve aspects associated with my actions against public authorities work.
In order to keep a careful balance between my civil and criminal litigation work, I also take care to maintain my duty solicitor status. I regularly attend Court and the police station to ensure any client who requests me is properly advised and represented.