Share ThisShareThis PrintPrint ChatLAG Chat
Advanced Actions Against the Police



09:00 - 17:15

Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard

Fiona Murphy, Heather Williams QC, Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Tony Murphy

Level(s): Advanced


Commercial rate: £215 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £205 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.


As with previous years, the course will bring practitioners up to speed in relation to all legal, procedural and funding developments of relevance to police law over the past year and afford opportunities to discuss tactics with fellow claimant lawyers. The trainers will draw on their knowledge of developments in related legal areas and the course will be of interest to all those involved in public interest litigation.

Practitioners are encouraged to communicate with the trainers through the PALG e-mail list to influence the particular focus of the course. The course will include practical tips, strategy and tactics for effective practice.


The course will provide a comprehensive update since the course was last delivered in September 2016 and will cover:

  • Private law cases
  • Public law cases
  • Procedural developments
  • Quantum cases
  • Public and other funding developments

 Please note that this course is for claimants' lawyers only


Aims and Objectives

This course will provide practitioners with a comprehensive update of developments in the law relating to liability, procedure, quantum, costs and funding of relevance to police actions (including claims against other detaining authorities), since the course was last delivered in September 2016.


Area of Specialism

The course is designed for practitioners acting for claimants who have a good understanding and experience of the issues involved in taking cases against the police. It assumes knowledge of civil actions, torts and principles in police action quantum cases.


Course Materials/Resources

Lecture format. Comprehensive course handouts will be distributed to all delegates. Questions and contributions from those involved in the cases under discussion are positively encouraged.



Details of Speakers/Trainers and the Course Co-ordinator:

Fiona Murphy is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in claims against the police and other detaining authorities, inquests and related public law work. Her notable cases include theAnthony Grainger Inquiry, the Hillsborough Inquests and R (Green) v Independent Police Complaints Commission(finding of irrationality in failure to conclude there was a case to answer for misconduct). She is currently instructed in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and on behalf of the family of Dalian Atkinson. She has over 20 years' experience representing victims of police misconduct and has retained the particular interest in civil procedure and the law relating to damages acquired in the course of her former practice as a solicitor. 

Heather Williams QC is Head of the Doughty Street Chambers' Actions Against the Police Team.  She is ranked as a Star practitioner in the Chambers & Partners 2016 Directory in the Police Law - Claimant category and is also highly ranked for Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Inquests work. She led a team representing a bereaved family at the Hillsborough Inquests, focusing on police failings and is lead counsel for the claimants in the subsequent misfeasance proceedings; she is instructed to act for various core participants, including Neville Lawrence and women deceived into sexual relationships, in the ongoingUndercover Policing Inquiry; and she is appearing in the resumed Birmingham Pub Bombings inquests.  She acts for the claimant in the Supreme Court appeal in R (Hallam) v SSJ (concerning whether the new statutory definition of a miscarriage of justice infringes presumption of innocence).  She co-authors the bi-annual updates on police misconduct in Legal Action, co-wrote the LAG textbook, Police Misconduct: Legal Remedies (4th ed) and is working on a new edition. 

Phillippa Kaufmann QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers. She specialises in police and prison law, including civil actions, judicial reviews, miscarriage of justice cases and inquests. Recent cases of note includeAKJ v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (undercover cops engaging in fraudulent intimate sexual relations); R (Hicks) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (SC) (preventative arrest at Royal Wedding and Art 5); andDSD and NBV v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis(Investigative obligation and Art 3) (CA appeal pending in SC).

Tony Murphy is a partner at Bhatt Murphy solicitors specialising in litigating against the police and other public authorities on behalf of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of the criminal justice system. His cases include OOO v The Commissioner of Police (first finding of a breach of Article 4 by the police in this jurisdiction); ZH v The Commissioner (first finding of a substantive breach of Article 3 by the police in this jurisdiction); Bijan Ebrahimi deceased (two police officers convicted for misconduct in public office and over 15 disciplined re: failure to protect from racists); and theAnthony Grainger Public Inquiry. Tony is a co-author of the police misconduct updates in the Legal Action Journal and of the forthcoming edition of the LAG book on Police Misconduct.