"The police team is exceptionally proactive and attentive." "A well-meshed team-competent and knowledgeable on the subject, prepared to work hard and investigate thoroughly."– Chambers and Partners 2018
Many of the cases we deal with are of a high profile nature, and consequently we work closely with clients to ensure the effective management of reputational risk.
We are trusted to act for clients, including some of the biggest organisations and police forces in the UK, in relation to complex litigation, inquests and inquiries. We are regularly instructed to act on claims involving false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, breach of privacy, personal injury, and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998, particularly Articles 2 and 3. We are also regularly instructed to act on matters including deaths in custody, deaths due to restraint, self-harm, medical complications, mental health issues, police pursuits and firearms related deaths.
We understand the daily challenges faced by our clients and take an innovative approach in how we deliver legal services. We work hard to build lasting relationships and invest time and effort to thoroughly understand our client's business. This often results in clients instructing DWF to act more broadly across their business.
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"The team at DWF provides a consistently high quality service, neatly tailored to our specific requirements. Their advice is clear, timely, well rounded and technically excellent. They have the capacity and expertise to deal with a full range of cases across our account, from low value claims through to very high profile complex issues. Their level of attention, consideration and service to these matters makes them a most valuable and reliable partner."– Sue Logan ACII, Associate Director Claims Management Services Ltd.
"On a personal level, as relationship partner, you have been incredibly attentive and proactive more so than any other legal advisor to our business. You have shown a great willingness to invest time and resource in getting to know our business and the key individuals. This has enabled you to be proactive and innovative and work with us to explore ways in which you can support us. This has resulted in much improved and cost effective process for our business which is a great outcome and, for me, an example to follow as we start to formally shape our wider legal resourcing model."– Serco Ltd
"Head of Dept Rachel Jones earns extensive praise as a "strong and dynamic leader" who "runs a tight and enthusiastic ship".– Chambers and Partners 2017
"Rachel and her team provide a wonderful service. It is not only very competent legally. More importantly it is very Customer focused, adapting to the needs of a wide and disparate organisation and their respective demands. That is not to say they do things without question, rather they will argue their point forcefully and convince you of the merits of the argument. Finally the one point we all seek to control is costs and I have no worries in this regard they treat the costs like their own cash."– Serco Ltd
"They are really excellent. You always feel like you're in the loop and kept updated on everything." "Professional, reliable and extremely proficient in handling police matters."– Chambers and Partners 2014
The recent decision of R (on the application of Thomas Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire changes the standard of proof in Coronial proceedings in determining whether a person committed suicide.
The Supreme Court has upheld a decision dismissing an application for judicial review brought after details of the appellant's acquittal relating to a charge of rape were disclosed to prospective employers in a number of Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates.
Rose Silvester looks at the recent High Court judgment in Sherratt v The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police which follows an appeal from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from a first instance finding in favour of the claimant on the issue of whether a duty of care was owed by the police to the deceased.
Mr Justice King rejected the Chief Constable's submissions that the Recorder had erred in finding assurance and reliance. He further rejected that the deceased's autonomy to choose to self-harm negated any duty to prevent such conduct.
James-Bowen and others v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
25 July 2018
DWF's Police and Prison Law team have secured a favourable judgment for South Yorkshire Police ('SYP') in a claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard against the BBC and SYP for infringement of his privacy rights.
The Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that a police officer and police force vicariously, are not deemed a prosecutor in circumstances where the charging decision was made by the CPS but where the investigating officer knowingly manipulated the evidence placed before them.
An appeal against a decision to grant the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police summary judgment in a claim for false imprisonment and aggravated damages has been dismissed.
On 17 May 2018 Chief Coroner, HH Judge Mark Lucraft QC, published Guidance Note No. 28 addressing how Coroner's should deal with requests for them to make expedited decisions.
Almost 6 years after the death of Thomas Orchard, a 32 year old church care taker who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst in police custody, the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police has been charged with breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for exposing a non-employee to risks to their health and safety.
What sets us apart is our understanding of the complete, full service you need. In addition to market-leading police and prison service-specific expertise, we pride ourselves on our ability to draw together teams offering relevant, practical support in the full spectrum of legal services, including employment law, commercial law, insurance and pensions.