Nick is a partner in the police team. He specialises in defending public and employers' liability cases against the police, predominantly for regional metropolitan and rural forces, with operational planning and training inputs.
According to recent editions of Chamber & Partners UK Guide to the Legal Profession, he “maintains a superb reputation for his work in this field.” Other testimonials cite his “affability and helpfulness”, “on point knowledge of complex police law”, the “consistent application of his very fine critical faculties” and "immense experience and shrewd analysis.”
Over the years he has been involved in some high profile cases in the area of police law, including the Court of Appeal decisions in Vellino v Greater Manchester Police(duty of care to detainees; ex turpi causa), Donachie v Greater Manchester Police(duty of care to employees; reasonable foreseeability) and McNally v Greater Manchester Police(status of informant evidence).
He also represented Greater Manchester Police in its case against Wigan Athletic football club, in which the recovery of the cost of special police services was considered in the Chancery Division and the Court of Appeal.
Nick also produces many of the firm’s police legal updates and is a regular contributor to Police Professional.
Divisional Court (Hickinbottom LJ and Moulder J)  EWHC 3333 (Admin)
The Court of Appeal agreed that there had been reasonable grounds to suspect the celebrity entertainer; Michael Barrymore.
A police officer coming to the aid of colleagues when he feared a detainee was reaching for a weapon was acting in the execution of his duty.
A direction by the IOPC requiring City of London Police to subject an officer to gross misconduct proceedings was not irrational.
This case is a useful reminder to those defending claims against the police that as long as officers have acted in obedience with a warrant they will…
Legal Directory Quote
Nick Peel is praised for his"commercial and realistic outlook" and recognised as "an excellent choice for weighty insurance-backed cases. Chambers & Partners 2019