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John Riddell


John specialises in police and public work. John and his team cover all areas of police law ranging from litigation to operational advice and police discipline. They act for forces in the Midlands, shire counties and East Anglia.

The team also do all types of public work ranging from litigation to core work. John is the client partner for EM Lawshare, the consortium of East Midlands local authorities.


Insights A matter of timing

Claimant challenged a court order for the forfeiture of cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act on the grounds that earlier seizure was unlawful.

Insights Holding chief officers to account – the margin of appreciation

The PCC's decisions to suspend and require the resignation of the chief constable of SYP over statements about the Hillsborough verdict were…

Insights Court gives protection to officers acting in good faith on defective injunction

An officer who believed that a court injunction was lawful and that someone was in breach of it, was acting in the execution of her duty.

Insights R (Hicks) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

It was lawful for the police to detain persons to prevent a breach of the peace and to release them once the risk had disappeared without bringing…

Insights R (on the application of TL) v Chief Constable of Surrey

If there are reasonable grounds for belief that questioning or imposition of bail conditions are necessary for effective investigation, an arrest…

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"The "highly respected" John Riddell has deep experience and has acted for police forces and insurers on complex and critical actions throughout his career. Clients say he is "approachable, thorough and provides sound advice.""

Chambers & Partners 2016

"John Riddell 'goes the extra mile'."

Legal 500 2015

"The ‘calm, approachable and practical’ John Riddell is recommended."

Legal 500 2016