Katy Stephenson - Solicitor
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.
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