Defence service for police forces in malfeasance claims arising out of all aspects of modern day policing.
Every police force receives claims against its officers for malfeasance, some more frequently than others. Whether or not claims are justified, they inevitably result in the commitment of time and resources to deal with them, and the attendant publicity can sometimes be detrimental. For most authorities, the most pressing need is for the cases to be dealt with as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Weightmans' Malfeasance Claims specialists are acknowledged as experts in this area of police law. We handle more malfeasance claims than any other firm in private practice, and have a long track record in achieving successful results for our clients.
Whatever part of the country your force operates in, and whether it is a large metropolitan or smaller county force, you can draw on the vast experience and know-how of a team of dedicated lawyers who fully understand your situation and your requirements.
We act on a wide variety of malfeasance claims, particularly wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and assault. The cases we handle range from the most serious High Court actions, demanding dedicated litigation teams and involving complex and sensitive investigations, to relatively minor technical claims arising out of public order incidents.
Our in-depth understanding of the police environment and procedures means we are able to manage proceedings efficiently and help bring cases to an early conclusion, allowing you to concentrate on your immediate day-to-day concerns.
We reconcile the competing demands and time scales of parallel complaint investigations, and deal sensitively with claims involving criminal allegations against officers, or which raise issues of inappropriate behaviour, such as racism.
We have particular expertise in presenting cases for juries, including preparation of witness statements, drafting of questions and assessment of awards for damages and exemplary damages.
We have been involved in a number of leading cases in this area of law, including Rowlands v Chief Constable of Merseyside (exemplary damages), "N" v Chief Constable of Merseyside (vicarious liability), Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex (misfeasance in public office) and Van Colle v Hertfordshire Police (human rights).
As part of our overall service, we regularly run seminars and workshops, publish articles and provide information bulletins in order to help you avoid problems and handle malfeasance issues more effectively.