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Introduction to Actions Against the Police



09:15 - 17:15

Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA

Tony Murphy, Megan Phillips, Michael Oswald, Raj Desai, Sophie Naftalin

Level(s): Introductory


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

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

This course is intended for claimant practitioners new to the area of civil actions against the police. As well as the theory covered on the day, this is an invaluable opportunity to discuss tips and tactics that work with fellow claimant practitioners and trainers who have a long history of litigating in this area.

The course covers:
• key causes of action
• limitation
• assessing quantum
• funding
• gathering evidence
• comprehensive case study

Aims and Objectives

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the legal aspects of police misconduct and civil actions against the police.  Strategy and tactics for effective practice will be discussed throughout the day.  Case studies and delegate participation will help clarify these issues.

Area of Specialism

Intended for practitioners new to the area of civil actions against the police and detaining authorities. The course is open to claimant lawyers only.

Course Materials/Resources

Full case notes. Lecture format using power point, case study and inter-active discussion.  



Megan Phillips is a solicitor with Bhatt Murphy with particular expertise of high value police actions involving complex medical evidence and the interplay between misconduct, criminal  and civil proceedings, including Mohidin & Khan v CPM[2015] EWHC 2740 (QB).  

Michael Oswald is a solicitor at Bhatt Murphy with extensive experience of private and public law police litigation. Recent reported cases include two in the Supreme Court: R (Roberts) v CPM [2015] UKSC 79 (lawfulness of police powers of stop and search) and R (Hicks) v CPM [2017] UKSC 9 (construction of Article 5(1)(c) ECHR), R (AB) v CPM [2016] EWHC 2714 (Admin) (retirement of police officer under investigation for gross misconduct), and R (Demetrio) v IPCC [2015] EWCA Civ 1248 (power of IPCC to reopen investigations). Other recent cases include a number of trials of police actions and high value settlements. 

Raj Desai is a barrister at Matrix Chambers whose specialisms include actions against the police and Inquests. His notable police cases include R(Catt) v Association of Chief Police Officers  in the Supreme Court (lawfulness of domestic extremist database); Mohidin and Khan vCommissioner of Police of the Metropolis (first case in which Met Part 20ed officers); and acting for the family of Bijan Ebrahimi deceased (Iranian refugee kicked to death following serious failures byAvon and Somerset police to protect him from racist neighbours).

Sophie Naftalin is a solicitor with Bhatt Murphy specialising in challenging the failure of state agencies to protect victims of gender-based violence, human trafficking and hate crime; and in combatting discrimination by state agents. 

Tony Murphy (course co-ordinator) is a partner at Bhatt Murphy specialising in litigation against the police and other public authorities. His reported cases include OOO and others 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 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 the ongoing Anthony Grainger Inquiry. He is also instructed by Mr Judah Adunbi, the former race advisor tasered by police officers.  Tony is a co-author of the police misconduct updates in  Legal Action  and of the forthcoming edition of the LAG book  Police Misconduct: Legal remedies.