Actions Against the Police

The Police have a duty to serve and protect the public, and for the most part do this well. However, where the Police have acted unfairly or even illegally, Reeds can assist you in holding the Police accountable for their actions.

A police complaint is typically the first step in bringing an action against the Police.  Our team of expert lawyers have a track record of bringing successful outcomes from such complaints including obtaining apologies, bringing disciplinary proceedings against officers, and the deletion of client data from police databases.

We are able to assist with all aspects of the complaints process, from guiding you through the initial complaint through to an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and if necessary, a Judicial review of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s decision.

Sometimes an apology may not be enough and you may feel that you should be compensated for the unfair or illegal treatment given to you by the Police force. Our experienced lawyers can bring civil claims for compensation against the Police on your behalf, and we regularly obtain favourable and substantial settlements for our clients.

We provide advice and representation in the following common areas of complaint:

  • Wrongful arrest and False Imprisonment
  • Failure by Police to investigate an offence.
  • Harassment by Police Officers
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Assault and Excessive Force
  • Mistreatment/denial of rights at the police station
  • Discrimination
  • Unlawful stop and search

We hold a civil legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency which enables us to apply for public funding for us to deal with your case. We can help you in assessing your financial eligibility if you cannot afford to pay your legal fees.

For those who do not qualify for Legal Aid, we will discuss your individual financial circumstances and tailor a competitive package that works for you to include “no win, no fee” agreements.

For more information about how we can help you, contact the Actions against the Police Team or alternatively click here and one of the team will contact you.

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