The police have extensive powers to arrest and detain individuals. However, the use of those powers must be lawful.
False imprisonment, also referred to as wrongful arrest or unlawful detention, most commonly occurs where the police make an arrest which can’t be legally justified. It also arises where the arrest was initially lawful but the length of detention is excessive or the procedural requirements of detention are not met.
Hodge Jones & Allen is ranked in the top tier UK law firms for actions against the police (Chambers UK 2023). The team is also recommended in Legal 500, 2023.
We’ve developed a formidable reputation for taking successful legal action against the police for false imprisonment and wrongful arrest/unlawful detention.