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CPS to consider bringing manslaughter charges against police officers involved in restraint of Leon Briggs in Luton – his family responds

9th March 2016

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Leon Briggs, and has referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a decision on whether criminal charges should be brought against any individual. The IPCC has investigated a police detention officer and five police officers…

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Neville Lawrence urges full transparency from Pitchford Inquiry following today’s IPCC report

2nd March 2016

Following its independent investigation into the conduct of former Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers, an IPCC report has today said former officers, Commander Richard Walton and Detective Inspector Robert Lambert would have a case to answer for misconduct if they were still serving. The IPCC reviewed allegations that Richard Walton (then an acting Detective Inspector)…

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Hodge Jones & Allen bolster civil liberties team with double hire

28th January 2016

Law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen has bolstered its civil liberties team with the hire of two new solicitors specialising in actions against the police. Saoirse Kerrigan and Joanna Bennett join from Saunders Law and Guile Nicholas Solicitors respectively. Their appointments grow the civil liberties team to 14, including three partners, two associates and five…

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Court of Appeal ruling restricts legal aid funding for false imprisonment claims

27th January 2016

A Court of Appeal ruling has today overturned an earlier decision, effectively preventing those bringing claims against the police and other public bodies for unlawful acts from accessing legal aid funding, unless they can show that the public body intended to act unlawfully or acted dishonestly. Lord Justice Elias, overturning the decision of Mr Justice…

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