Katy Stephenson - Solicitor

Departments

Police Misconduct Solicitors

Non-Recent Abuse Solicitors

Personal Injury Solicitors

Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Medomsley Detention Centre

I graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 with a First Class degree in Law. I then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University before joining Ben Hoare Bell in 2012.

Since joining the firm I have spent the majority of my time specialising in the personal injury department and the police misconduct and civil liberties department. My work is currently split between both departments and I provide legal advice to a large number of clients on a range of matters.

As part of my work in the police misconduct and civil liberties department I have acted in numerous successful civil claims for compensation against local police forces such as Northumbria Police, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Constabulary. Many of the claims I have pursued have arisen from a breach of human rights, assaults by police officers including both the use of handcuffs and the use of CS spray, unlawful arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, breach of data protection and trespass to property. In addition to civil claims I have also pursued many complaints to police forces and other public bodies and have experience in Judicial Review proceedings particularly against decisions made by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission).

I have undertaken a number of successful civil claims against local councils arising from significant delays within family care proceedings, and also claims against the Prison Service, Court Service and the Probation Service. Many of the cases I have pursued have focused on a breach of human rights as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998 and I currently represent clients in a wide range of such actions.

Within the Personal Injury Department I have experience in a range of claims for compensation arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work, trips and slips, non-recent abuse and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims.

I also currently represent numerous clients in respect of compensation claims for non-recent abuse arising from their detention at Medomsley Detention Centre.

I am a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) and have been a member for over 6 years. The PALG is a national organisation comprised of solicitors, barristers and legal executives who represent complainants against the police throughout England and Wales.

Recent Cases:

  • LM v CC of Northumbria Police: A successful claim against Northumbria Police in which my client received damages of £7,500 due to an assault by the police when CS spray was used against a 15 year old in a confined space.
  • CG v The Ministry of Justice: A successful claim against The Ministry of Justice for a breach of my client’s Article 8 ECHR rights as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998 arising from a failure by the prison service to facilitate his attendance at the funeral of a very close family member.
  • GS & Others v Sunderland City Council:  A successful claim against the Council arising from breach of my clients’ Article 6 and Article 8 ECHR rights as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998 due to significant delays within family care proceedings.
  • L & J v Sunderland City Council: A successful claim against the Council arising from breach of my clients’ Article 6 and Article 8 ECHR rights as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998 due to significant delays within family care proceedings.
  • GH v Secretary of State for Justice: A successful claim against the Secretary of State for Justice arising from a serious breach of the Data Protection Act and a breach of confidence/misuse of private information by a Probation Service employee.
  • TM v CC of Northumbria Police: A successful claim against The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police for unlawful detention, the use of excessive force and the use of CS spray against my client.
  • TA v The Ministry of Justice: A claim for breach of Article 8 ECHR as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998 relating to failures by the Prison Service/Probation Service to afford my client contact with his children whilst serving a custodial sentence.
  • CR v CC of Northumbria Police: A successful claim against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police for breach of Article 8 ECHR as implemented by the Human Rights Act 1998  relating to an interference by police officers with my client’s contact with his child contrary to an Order of the Family Court.

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