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Actions against the police

Actions against the police

Have you been the victim of a wrongful arrest and/or a malicious prosecution? Has excessive force been used upon you? Have you experienced poor conduct from the Police? With any of these, we can assist to establish whether you may be entitled to compensation.

Regrettably, Police misconduct is not uncommon and the often daunting prospect of ‘suing the Police’ can be made much easier with us by your side every step of the way in order to assist in obtaining the best outcome for you.

Here at Irvings, we have been serving clients for over thirty years and in that time we have helped thousands and thousands receive the highest possible amount of compensation in their often sensitive, severe and complex claims. You, like all of these other previous clients, can easily trust us to effectively deal with your case and bring it against the Police to the highest expected standard.

So, what options are open to you?

You can seek any or all of the following:

  • Disciplinary action against a specific Police Officer,
  • A formal apology from the Chief Constable, and/or
  • Compensation for the mistreatment that you have received.




Are you eligible?

All you need to know is that if you feel that you have been subject to Police mistreatment, you can commence an action against them for that wrongdoing.

Here at Irvings, we do not represent clients using Legal Aid which is often very difficult to obtain in these types of cases anyway. Instead, we act on a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement which is further evidence of our already strong incentive to help you ‘beat the Police’ because if you don’t win, we don’t get paid.

Examples of claims

We can help in situations such as:

  • Wrongful Arrest/False Imprisonment
  • Assault/Battery (including Police dog bites)
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Negligence
  • Misfeasance in Public Office (commonly known as ‘abuse of power’ by the Police)
  • Unlawful Stop and Search
  • Trespass to Property
  • Breach of Human Rights
  • Breach of Data Protection / Misuse of Personal Information
  • Deletion of your biometrical data (DNA/fingerprints)

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Case Study

I have recently successfully represented a professional and hard-working man who was Falsely Imprisoned and Assaulted by an Inspector from Derbyshire Constabulary. My client was driving in the course of his employment in his car. The said Inspector (who was on duty but travelling in his own, unmarked vehicle) followed my client and then approached my client’s car when my client had stopped. The Inspector immediately used force against my client by taking hold of his left arm and twisting it towards his back before arresting him for a minor road traffic offence; the Inspector’s actions were unnecessary and amounted to False Imprisonment and Assault.

My client was then taken to a Police Station where (after a period of time) he was later allowed to leave. Sometime later and “due to evidential difficulties”, my client faced no criminal charges in relation to the alleged offence and my client’s complaint to Derbyshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department was upheld on the basis that the Inspector was “cocky and unprofessional”. The Inspector was found to have a case to answer for misconduct. It was found that my client had received “a definite shortfall in service” and he later was awarded significant compensation.

How can I get started?

There are three ways to get the ball rolling:

Option 1: Complete the form at the top or the bottom of this page.
Option 2: Call us on 0151 475 1999 where you can speak directly to Matt who is head of our specialist team.
Option 3: Email Matt directly at

Upon receipt of your enquiry, Matt will assess the merits of your case and if sufficient, ‘no win, no fee’ terms will be offered and discussed to you in more detail. Once you have signed and returned the initial paperwork, Matt will then immediately take the first step in your fight against the police for the mistreatment that you have received.

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