We act in cases to ensure that the police, Home Office and other state authorities are held accountable for their conduct through all available avenues. These avenues include complaint schemes, judicial reviews, and civil claims for compensation, including claims arising out of the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.

We act for individuals and groups who have been affected by the actions of the state.  Examples of claims and cases we do include:

  • Police law – complaints and civil claims, most commonly for wrongful arrest, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecutions and other unlawful actions.  We also act for victims following failures of the police and justice system to investigate rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Claims against the Home Office – claims arising in the immigration detention context, including assault, misfeasance and false imprisonment and the unlawful detention of children, torture victims and the mentally ill
  • Claims against the Ministry of Justice – Miscarriages of justice and civil claims arising from assaults and misfeasance in prisons
  • Claims against the government and intelligence services – challenging their complicity in torture and rendition
  • Claims against Social Services – acting for those who were in care and subject to abuse and/or neglect
  • Claims against the Crown Prosecution Service – public law challenges to failures of the CPS including failure to prosecute sexual offenders and perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Judicial Reviews – We also act in challenging decisions of the state arising from all of the matters outlined above.

 

Who we are

Our team consists of six solicitors who have a broad range and depth of experience:

Cyrilia Davies Knight
Sarah Kellas
Irène Nembhard
Shakiratu Sanusi
Marcia Willis Stewart QC (hons)
Harriet Wistrich

Tara Mulcair paralegal

Paul Ham trainee

Leah Streete PA

 

Funding

Where no legal aid is available, we offer competitive rates, we will always discuss our charges with you at the outset of your case.

New enquiries

We prefer to receive the form (below) so that enquiries can be dealt with efficiently, however if you have difficulties in completing it then we can take details of your case by telephone. Due to our busy practice and the fact that we are a relatively small department, we can only accept calls on Thursdays between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Please note that we cannot take drop in enquiries.

We are sorry but we are not currently taking any new civil enquiries until further notice due to lack of capacity.

 

Your Name*

Address*

Landline*

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Your Email

Date of birth

Income

Date of Incident (e.g. arrest / incident / detention / imprisonment etc)

What would you like us to help you achieve? (in no more than 100 words)

Please provide a brief description of what happened to you and how you would like us to help you.
(Please note we will call you for more information so please just provide the main points.)

Other relevant information? (such as health issues / other litigation / immigration status etc)