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I am a trainee solicitor based in the Civil Liberties department.
Working under the supervision of Gemma Vine, my work mainly centres on police actions and actions against detaining authorities.
I have a particular interest in inquests – specifically deaths in custody – and have worked on over thirty “Article 2” inquests, many of which have resulted in critical conclusions and attention in the press.
Through Minton Morrill, I am a member of ‘INQUEST Lawyers Group’ and the ‘Police Actions Lawyers Group’.
I am also an Accredited Police Station Representative, which enables me to represent clients who have been arrested on suspicion of having committed criminal offences and gives me a deeper understanding of procedure and practice at the police station. This gives me a more informed perspective when looking at police complaints and potential claims for false imprisonment, assault and misfeasance by police officers. I have represented clients in connection with a full range of offences – from minor thefts to serious violence.
I also represent clients in the County Court as part of the Housing Possession Duty Scheme, which is a free service providing legal advice for those facing potential eviction from their homes.
Inquest touching on the death of Jake Foxall – jury inquest into the death of a young man in prison for the first time at HMP Glen Parva. Highly critical narrative conclusion secured in light of systemic failings. (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/16/we-have-too-few-resources-to-protect-suicidal-young-inmates-governor-tells-inquest)
Inquest touching on the death of Liam Lambert – jury inquest into the death of a 21-year-old Australian national at HMP Glen Parva. Unfortunately this was a case blighted by systemic failings, and accordingly the jury returned an overwhelmingly-critical narrative conclusion. (http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/glen-parva/story-29695391-detail/story.html)
Inquest touching on the death of Greg Revell – jury inquest into the death of a vulnerable young man at HMYOI Glen Parva in Leicester. Highly critical narrative conclusion returned by the jury. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32360657)
Inquest touching on the death of Davy Larcombe – jury inquest into the death of a vulnerable young man suffering from long-term mental health issues at HMP Lincoln. The jury returned a highly critical narrative conclusion, identifying several “serious” failures on the part of the prison. (http://www.lmlaw.co.uk/jury-return-highly-critical-conclusion-self-inflicted-prison-death-inquest/)
‘A Guide to Coroners Inquests’ (/site/blog/clinical-negligence/a-guide-to-coroners-inquests)