IPCC Publishes Report into Death of Jan McLean

28th January 2016

On 21 January 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) published their report into the death of Jan McLean.  On 14 August 2013 Mr McLean died in Hospital following his arrest on suspicion of drugs offences.  The IPCC investigation found Mr McLean was left alone in the back of a Police van for a short […]

Man to Tell Police When he has Sex

27th January 2016

In recent years there has been a development of the use of court orders not as a sentence but as a tool for managing risk and seeking to curtail the behaviour of people even if they haven’t committed or been convicted of any crime. This is amply demonstrated by the creative use of North Yorkshire […]

Call for better Protection of Victims of Violence

20th January 2016

At 1 o’clock today Women’s Aid England and Wales launch their new campaign and report aimed at putting children first. The report ‘Nineteen Child Homicides’ revisits their 2004 report about the danger to children of allowing contact with a parent who is a perpetrator of violence with his/her children and the horrific consequences when professionals get […]

Support for People in Times of Mental Distress

19th January 2016

Dyfed-Powys police launched a pilot project in January 2015 to help people suffering psychotic episodes to avoid them being held in police cells as a place of safety. Rather than arresting the person a van is sent with a police officer and mental health worker. To date the project has successfully avoided 100 people from being […]

Police Handling of Custody Incidents

18th January 2016

On 11 January 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) stated they had commenced investigations into Gwent Police handling of detainees during a number of incidents in custody suites towards the end of 2015. It is reported three of the detained people were taken to Hospital from the custody suites but none seriously injured.  The […]

“Very Basic Errors” Found in Cleveland Police Incident

15th January 2016

On 5 January 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) published its investigation report into an incident in which a woman suffered a drugs overdose whilst in Cleveland Police custody in January 2015.  A medical examination later carried out at Hospital found she had concealed drugs internally. A number of issues relating to the incident […]

Police Interview Under Caution

13th January 2016

Question: My friend was involved in a fight which I saw. The police came and took my details and I told them I was happy to be a witness. I have now been contacted by the police who have asked me to go to the police station to be interviewed under caution. I have been […]

Ronagh Commences JFF Training Contract Today

11th January 2016

In 2015 we were contacted by the Justice First Fellowship scheme, part of the Legal Education Foundation. The Justice First Fellowship scheme was established to support the next generation of students committed to public interest and social justice issues who want to pursue a career in social welfare law. This includes areas such as health […]

Life on Mars – Policing in 1973

Commander John Grieve tackled racism in the Metropolitan Police leading the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence after the MacPherson Inquiry. The BBC recently uncovered a file at the National Archives which showed how in 1973 Commander Grieve took part in a typical Police action of the time which he describes as now looking […]

IPCC Investigate Death in Police Custody

7th January 2016

On 25 December 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into the actions of Suffolk Police following the death of a man in Police custody.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is a public body which oversees the Police complaints system in England & Wales and sets the standards by which the […]

We are now Recruiting a Trainee Solicitor

6th January 2016

We are currently recruiting a Trainee Solicitor. The successful applicant will commence their Training Contract in September 2016. The aim of the position to produce and present (under supervision) high quality work on behalf of the client. This is developed through an in-depth experience and understanding of the practical aspects of different areas of law […]

Merseyside Detective Guilty of Misconduct

On 4 January 2016 D.C. Michael McMillan pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to five charges of Misconduct in Public Office relating to an allegation that he had made persistent contact with victims of crime for his own sexual purposes during his time as a Detective Constable with the Family Crime Investigation Unit. It is […]