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Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard

At the Old Bailey this morning Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard.

Last month he had pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard. Tom Little QC is prosecuting this case. The sentencing hearing will…

Tom Little QC successfully defends Schedule 7 powers for the Police to demand PINs or passwords for electronic devices at airports and ports

Last year Tom Little QC successfully prosecuted Muhammad Rabbani, the Managing Director of CAGE, for an offence under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 following his refusal at Heathrow Airport to provide the PINs or passwords to his…

Edwin Buckett appointed Chairman of Police Misconduct Hearings

Following a national competition Edwin Buckett has been appointed to the Panel of Part-Time Legally Qualified Chairs of Police Misconduct Hearings for a consortium of Constabularies in the North East.

Following public consultation and changes announced by the Home Secretary in 2014,…

Edwin Buckett successfully defeats claim for Crimewatch reward

In a reserved judgment given on the 6th October 2015, HHJ Freeland Q.C. sitting at Central London County Court dismissed an appeal by the Claimant against an order striking out his claim for a £100,000 reward payment. The reward had been advertised…

Solicitor’s claim for damages against police dismissed

On the 16th September, 2015, following a 4 day trial before HHJ Freeland Q.C. and a reserved judgment, a claim made by a solicitor against the police for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and assault was dismissed.

The Claimant claimed that the police…

Vince Williams reviews the Supreme Court decision in claim for negligence against South Wales Police by Joanna Michael’s family

Michael & Other v Chief Constable for South Wales & Ano. [2015] SC2 represents the most recent attempt to overcome the not inconsiderable hurdles facing any claimant seeking to bring a claim founded in negligence against the police.

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