Our emergency services solicitors are ranked as one of the pre-eminent teams offering a full range of legal services to police organisations, fire authorities, regulatory and representative bodies nationwide, based on years of experience in the emergency services sector. We also offer a full array of services to Ambulance Trusts.
The emergency services operate within a sensitive, high-profile sector where compliance with the law, regulations and standards of performance are critical. Increasingly the Emergency services are being required to work more closely together and we are leaders in advising on collaboration and joint working.
We understand at all times that reputation, security and public confidence are at stake Our acknowledged specialist team acts exclusively for police and fire clients across England and Wales, using their know-how to work at full-speed for the most efficient and cost-effective service possible.
Valuable aspects of our service include:
- A deep knowledge of the sector, and the evolving issues facing our clients
- Pro-activity-horizon scanning Offering insights to prepare you for the future
- Using our experience of best practice across the country to inform advice
- Local specialists who can connect quickly with you, working as an extension of your team
Fire authorities nationwide have been taking our specialist advice for many years on everything from regulatory matters such as health and safety and the environment to operational advice, governance issues, real estate, employers’ and public liability claims, employment law (including strike action issues) and fire operational advice. Current issues include advice on changes in governance, collaboration and fire prosecutions.
We understand your needs and expectations as a public employer, and the demands and pressures on you. Forming a committed relationship and working closely together to achieve your goals, our advice is robust, practical, realistic and always presented in plain English.
Members of our Fire team are authors of "Emergency Services Law and Liability", published recently by Jordans.
We've been involved in some of the police services most high-profile and significant cases over the last decade, acting for more metropolitan and regional police forces and authorities than any other private law firm. We have an in-depth knowledge of the issues facing Police clients and offer a pro-active and swift service. We support in-house Police legal teams and increasingly offer an innovative service where our lawyers are imbedded on site as part of our client’s team.
Across the emergency service sector we can help you with legal advice in a number of specialist areas, including:
- General commercial: collaboration agreements, funding agreements, partnering agreements and confidentiality agreements
- Governance and Policing & Crime Act: advising on business cases, integration proposals and change in control under the Policing & Crime Act
- Public procurement and frameworks: standalone procurement processes to call off/mini competition procedures under pre-existing frameworks, compliance procedures, contentious matters such as formal challenges before the courts, OGC framework agreements (contentious and non contentious matters).
- IT: software licence agreements and hardware development licensing agreements and IT services, including outsourcing agreements, IT procurement and shared services arrangements
- Intellectual property: use of anti-terrorism techniques, IP assignment and licence agreements (patent, copyrights, trademarks and know-how)
- Charities: police endowment and benevolent funds – governance, regulation and Charity Commission guidance, trustees, forming and registering charities, as well as mergers, group structures, transfers of engagement and rationalisations.
- Finance, banking, insurance and tax: financing business transactions and property development, including loan and security documentation and recognising statutory or contractual borrowing restrictions.
- Charging and trading: advising on the statutory and regulatory framework for commercial contracts and agreements
- Employment and governance: discrimination claims under the Equality Act and whistleblowing claims, police regulations, TUPE and organisational change
- Litigation: public liability claims – false imprisonment or assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office or malicious procurement; judicial review; Human Rights Act and negligence; claims under the Equality Act; Inquests (including Article 2 Inquests); Magistrates Court work; employer liability claims; public liability; RTA
- Property: best use of assets including advice on collaboration and One Public estate; acquisitions, disposals and estates management; construction/PFI; environmental and planning; property litigation and procurement; residential conveyancing; housing
The 'extremely experienced' team provides 'a highly competent, professional and economic service' to a variety of clients, which include EM LawShare, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Legal 500 2017InsightsFantastic exceptions to QOCS and where to find them - part 2
Court of Appeal ratifies High Court in case where QOCS exception applies to a claimantMartin Forshaw Partner
InsightsRees and Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
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InsightsJunior doctors’ rest breaks should be monitored using actual recorded data
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InsightsWhy ambulance services can’t afford to be last on the scene when it comes to collaboration
Nathan East of national law firm Weightmans explains why the ambulance service should embrace collaboration.Nathan East Partner
InsightsPositive action: First Employment Tribunal case highlights stumbling blocks
An Employment Tribunal has unanimously found that a police force’s recruitment process directly discriminated against a white, heterosexual, male.Ben Daniel Partner