Suing the police - actions against the police

Our actions against the police and public bodies solicitors are part of a department which is nationally recognised as leaders in the field of human rights law and actions against the police.

Our solicitors are a members of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) which is a specialist national group for lawyers who handle action against the police claims.

Our solicitors make compensation claims and undertake public law challenges on issues concerning human rights law and decisions by public authorities.

We offer competitive private funding rates and routinely act for clients who pay privately. We are proud of the service we offer to our clients. We are also a practice that has the benefit of a legal aid franchise and as such, are able to act for the most vulnerable clients, free of charge.

On occasions, we may act for you under a no win, no fee agreement (conditional fee agreement). To speak to a member of the police complaints and actions against authority team call us on 0175 321 5096.

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Our specialist solicitors can assist with:

Compensation claims and complaints against the police, including:

It is essential that you instruct a specialist solicitor to pursue these types of claims. They require specialist expertise if you are looking to bring your claim to a successful outcome. At Stephensons, we have been pursuing these claims for a number of years.

Please click any of the above links to find out more about some of the specific claims we pursue.

In addition to police forces our human rights solicitors have acted for individuals seeking damages or compensation against a number of public bodies/authorities. 

Our specialist solicitors are active members of key associations including: Northern Administrative Lawyers Association, INQUEST Lawyers Group and Police Action Lawyers Group.

Cases of note

Unlawful arrest/False Imprisonment, assault, disability discrimination and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 (Unlawful strip search) against the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2017). Read more.

Unlawful Arrest/ False Imprisonment and Misfeasance in Public Office against the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2016). Read more.

Unlawful arrest/False Imprisonment against the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2016). Read more.

Unlawful arrest/False Imprisonment and Misfeasance in Public Office against the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2015). Read more.

Unlawful arrest/False Imprisonment, Trespass to Person and Malicious Prosecution against the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2014). Read more.

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

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