We represented a client in a civil claim against Essex Police for an assault. Our client was a young woman who was assaulted by police in front of her 8 year old daughter, with her 2 year old son sleeping upstairs. In the course of the assault she was molested, punched in the face and sustained head injuries, a broken hand, and a broken wrist. The claim settled with an agreement for the Essex police to pay our client £20,000.
We represented a young 15 year old Asian boy who was subjected to a highly invasive stop and search on a busy public road. He was surrounded by 6 adult police officers, on the basis that they could smell cannabis in the area. No cannabis was found on him. They nevertheless asked him to remove his trousers so that they could search him, and when he refused, pushed him against a fence and pulled his trousers down. Disturbingly one of the officers was later convicted for child grooming offences. Our client was then assaulted, falsely imprisoned and charged with behaving in a threatening manner against 6 adult officers. The criminal case against him was thrown out and we sued the Metropolitan Police for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and assault. The police settled out of court for £21,000. This is a classic example of police deploying stop and search measures oppressively against young men from minority and ethnic backgrounds and the kind of case we are committed to fighting.
We represented a 23 year old mixed race client, who had mild learning difficulties and was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and had a history of mental illness. At the time of the incident he was resident in supported accommodation provided by Social Services. Police attended at 5.30 am at the client’s hostel in order to execute an arrest for breach of a bail condition. Despite our client exhibiting a willingness to comply with police, what ought to have been a straight-forward arrest very quickly and needlessly escalated into the deployment of physical force and the use of riot equipment. Our client was charged with common assault (and notably, not charged with the specific offence of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty). GT Stewart represented him in the criminal proceedings. Our client’s case was before the court on a total of 7 occasions before the matter was finally discontinued by the CPS as it was not in the public interest to continue with it. Our team helped him to sue the Metropolitan Police Service for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and disability discrimination. His claim settled with the Metropolitan Police agreeing to pay damages of £10,000.
We obtained £22,000 for a man who was tasered by police and not charged with any offences.
We obtained £2,000 for a man detained for 3 hours on an invalid arrest warrant.
We frequently obtain compensation for clients who have been unlawfully detained because their bail conditions have been changed or the arrest warrant was executed. We also help clients who have suffered discrimination or unfair treatment under the Equality Act.
We work with the leading barristers who specialise in these areas so that the advice you get is the best available..