Richard Hardy - Partner

Year Admitted



Police Misconduct Solicitors

Personal Injury Solicitors

Dental Negligence Solicitors

Non-Recent Abuse Solicitors

Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Medomsley Detention Centre

Data Protection Law

After graduating in law from the University of Hull and attending the College of Law in York I joined the firm in 1996. I became a partner in 2002. For over 20 years I have specialised in civil liberties and police misconduct work.

I have acted in numerous successful civil claims for damages against various police forces including Northumbria Police, Durham Constabulary, Cleveland Constabulary, North Yorkshire Police, Lancashire Police, Nottinghamshire Police, West Midlands Police, the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police. I have also brought successful claims against the Prison Service, the Court Service and G4S as a result of unlawful detention suffered by my clients. I have conducted claims for assault ranging from the unlawful use of handcuffs to rapes committed by a serving police officer. I have also conducted successful claims for unlawful detention, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, human rights breaches, breaches of the Equality Act 2010 and trespass to property/conversion.

I undertake a large amount of Police complaint work which has included a significant number of court challenges by way of judicial review against decisions made by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission). Successful judicial review challenges have included issues of lack of adequate disclosure, investigation delay and challenges to complaint outcomes.

I currently represent a large number of clients in relation to potential claims arising from their detention at Medomsley Detention Centre and Kirk Levington Young Offenders Institute.

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Memberships and Accreditations

Member of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)

Award Winning Solicitors firm based in the North East

Law Firm of the Year (Medium) 2018 Family Law Awards LAPG Lexcel Resolution Law Society Children Panel Law Society Mental Health Panel Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Collaborative Family Law Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare)