"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 decision that a prisoner should not be permitted to attend a Court hearing in person, but rather should attend via video link, did not amount to a breach of his right to a fair trial under Article 6 ECHR. Further, the prison in making the decision that he could attend by video link, had not fettered its discretion. However, the prison had misunderstood key information when reaching the decision and on that basis the Court of Appeal held that the decision should be quashed and the issue reconsidered.
It was not negligent for an officer to continue to bring the Appellant to the ground even when the manoeuvre resulted in the Appellant suffering a severe fracture to his left arm.
The Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police successfully appealed the first instance decision of HHJ Walden-Smith in a claim brought against him by Mr Kenyon for assault causing personal injury.
On 25 May 2019 the GDPR celebrated its one year in effect anniversary. In this article we will reflect on what we have learnt over the past year.
DWF Police and Prison Team's Rose Silvester considers the recent case. The Judgment followed a hearing fixed as a preliminary trial to determine all issues of liability.
Important Court of Appeal decision for all inquest lawyers.
DWF's Police and Prison Team's Rose Silvester and Suzanne Farley consider the most recent case on necessity of arrest.
A Police Officer who was bitten by a detainee whilst assisting his colleagues was held to be acting in the execution of his duty despite the arrest being unlawful, due to the fact that he was acting in concern that the detainee was reaching for a weapon.
Bronson, who is known for violence against prison staff and taking hostages, was alleged to have punched, scratched and threatened to kill the acting deputy Governor of HMP Wakefield in January 2018.
The High Court dismissed an application which claimed that the Commissioner's disclosure of allegations of sexual assault, for which the Claimant had been acquitted, to prospective employers was disproportionate, inaccurate and in breach of Convention rights.
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.