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Claims and Complaints Against the Police

If you feel that the police have let you down, that you have been wrongly arrested, injured or have been caused serious distress then we can help.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to police misconduct, our Civil Liberties specialists could help you get the answers and the compensation you deserve.

Whilst you may feel that you are powerless against the police, you have the right to justice as you would if you had been wronged by any other authority.

Our Civil Liberties specialists act for individuals who have been ill treated at the hands of the police or who have been wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system, including protestors and victims of crime.

Our team have represented many high profile clients but equally for those who do not receive any publicity at all. Whatever, the nature of your claim, you will receive the same high level of service tailored to your needs.

The team is known nationwide for its expertise and effectiveness and pursuit of claims for damages and complaints against the Police.

By working closely with our large Criminal Defence team where needed, clients benefit from a comprehensive level of service unmatched by many firms in this field.

Our Civil Liberties specialists can support with:

False Imprisonment

Assault & Battery by Police

Malicious Prosecution

Police Negligence

Breach of Human Rights

Complaints Against the Police


Unlawful Searches

If you have a case for any of the above our Civil Liberties specialists are here to advise you on the best way forward and will consider each matter on its facts and then guide you through the process.

We will look after you with our friendly, down to earth approach, clear and consistent communication and reassuring transparency on costs.

Chambers UK 2018

Howells was highly ranked as a law firm for Police Law by Chambers UK 2018.

The Sources describe the wide-ranging practice as a “brilliant team to work with”

Legal 500 2017

The department is highly recommended by Legal 500 and claim that

“Howells’s ‘excellent, knowledgeable, sensible and experienced’ team ‘has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the context of inquests into deaths in custody, prison and hospitals’ and is led by Peter Mahy.”

The Claims and Complaints Against the Police team

Our Police Actions team, led by Peter Mahy, is known nationwide for its expertise and effectiveness in the assessment and pursuit of police complaints. It has been awarded the top grading in an independent peer review of its work, one of just two firms in the whole country to achieve this; and was ranked highly in the influential Chambers 2018 legal directory. These are smart lawyers with sharp minds, tough and resolute in their legal representation, diligent and skillful in their investigatory work. It’s a team you’ll want on your side.

Claire Carratt
Legal Secretary
0114 249 6608
Kulvinder Gill
0114 249 6676
Peter Mahy
Managing Partner
0114 249 6634
Sasha Marshall-Congreve
Legal Secretary
Philippa Matthews
0114 249 6649