Actions against the police & public bodies

Stephensons are nationally recognised as one of the leading firms of solicitors in bringing civil actions against the police and public authorities. We have a history of bringing successful actions against bodies across the country, with offices in the North West of England and London.

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. Speak to our specialist actions against the police and public authorities team on 0175 321 5096.

We have dedicated teams who can assist you with:

Our solicitors are members of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG), who are a national organisation for claimant based solicitors who pursue these claims. Our solicitors are also members of INQUEST Lawyers Group and Association of Prison Lawyers.

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Claims for compensation against the police and/or Crown Prosecution Service

Our solicitors are experts in pursuing civil claims against the police and/or the Crown Prosecution Service and are nationally renowned in doing so. Examples of such claims include actions for false imprisonment/unlawful arrest, assault, malicious prosecution, trespass to land (unlawful search of property), breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and misfeasance in public office.

In addition we also pursue breaches of the Human Rights Act with a particular focus on breaches of Article 2 (which will result in an inquest), Article 3, Article 5, Article 8 and Article 10.

Claims for compensation against the Prison Service and/or Ministry of Justice and/or Parole Board

Has the Prison Service unlawfully kept you in custody? Has the Parole Board delayed your review? If so, these are just some of types of cases that we pursue against the Prison Service, Ministry of Justice and Parole Board.

We also have a wealth of experience in dealing with inquests and claims that arise out of those proceedings.

Our solicitors have been pursuing such cases for a number of years and are specialists in doing so. 

Claims for compensation against local authorities

Our solicitors pursue cases against local authorities, with a particularly focus on breaches that arise out of family law proceedings or Court of Protection issues.

Examples of some of the cases we pursue are civil claims arising out of the local authority removing a child from home (either when they ought not to have done, or alternatively, in situations when they should have acted quicker). Has the local authority asked you to sign or agree to a section 20 accommodation of your child when they ought not to have done? This may result in an action against the local authority.

If your loved one has been mistreated whilst in care or if the local authority are depriving them of their liberty without lawful authorisation, this may result in a civil claim for compensation. 

Claims for compensation against HM Courts and Tribunal Services

Did you know that in most cases, the court will be immune from civil suit (claims for compensation)? However, our solicitors are experts in suing the court and tribunal services when they have acted unlawfully and/or negligently.

We pursue claims for false imprisonment, breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and other human rights issues. It requires the instruction of an expert solicitor to advise you on whether you have an action.

Judicial review and compensation claims against government departments

Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.

Our solicitors have pursued many applications for judicial review with fantastic success.

Compensation claims on behalf of individuals for breach of the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for a public body to discriminate against an individual, whether that be based on race, disability or gender. If during your treatment with a public body you have been treated more unfavourably due to a particular issue, it may result in a civil claim for compensation.

Complaints against the police via the professional standards department and Independent Office for Police Conduct

Our solicitors are experts in pursuing complaints via the professional standards department and/or the Independent Office for Police Conduct. This may result in an officer being dismissed and/or facing a criminal prosecution.

We have many years of successful experience in securing both dismissals and prosecutions against officers for unlawful conduct.

Claims for compensation for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 protects you against the unlawful processing of your personal and sensitive data. Our solicitors are experts in this area and can assist you in recovering compensation for any breach that has occurred.

We are currently acting for many clients in such claims and it is vitally important that you instruct a specialist solicitor to deal with this for you.

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.

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