What are Actions Against the Police?

As you can see from our website, we specialise in actions against the police.

Contact us to start your compensation claim by calling 08000 124 246 or completing the short online contact form on this page.

What are actions against the police? 

The law in England and Wales allows you to claim compensation from the police (and others) when they have abused their extensive powers and you have suffered as a result. Solicitors call these compensation claims various things, including:

You can claim against any of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, the British Transport Police, or those acting with police-like powers (such as shop security staff, public transport guards, court security, immigration officials etc. Read how we helped one client do that here.).

Legal Basis of Actions Against the Police

If you are a victim of police misconduct you can use a combination of statute (laws made by Parliament) and common law (cases heard in court that clarify existing laws) to make your claim.

Tort law is the basis of these claims. That is, a wrongful act or infringement of a right which gives rise to a legal liability.

In actions against the police tort laws provide a remedy against violation of a person’s body and home. So you can claim for false imprisonment, assault, and trespass. They also offer a remedy when the police abuse their public powers. This enables you to claim for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office where you have suffered due to a deliberate misuse of power by the police. Depending on the facts, you might be able to claim for those things and/or:

  • police negligence
  • breach of Human Rights legislation
  • discrimination
  • breach of the Data Protection Act
  • etc.
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Actions Against the Police Legal Procedure

Because actions against the police are civil claims, the parties involved use the Civil Procedure Rules.

They can agree to follow a pre-action protocol such as the one for personal injury, to make sure that the case progresses, the parties give proper disclosure (production of documents, CCTV footage etc.), and costs are effectively managed.

Civil actions against the police are one of the few remaining areas of law where the victim of police misconduct can choose to have a jury trial instead of just having a judge hear the case alone. Judges manage jury trials and direct the jury on the relevant issues. They can often take days.

Help with Actions Against the Police

Because this is a niche area of law, solicitors who deal with actions against the police are specialists. For expert help, speak to a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group (link here) such as Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors. Click here and here for examples of actions against the police we can help you with. See what our clients think of us by reading some genuine client reviews.

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We look forward to helping you with your actions against the police claim.

Rating: ***** Fast & efficient service Donoghue Solicitors are professional, friendly & very effective. They made me feel at ease from the moment I approached them with my claim and dealt with my case as quickly as possible, keeping me informed every step of the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better service, and I… Read more »

Gemma Quine

Rating: ***** There are so many law firms out there today that promise to deliver a quality and professional service and while I can’t say there are some bad ones, as I am sure there are, I can definately recommend Donoghue Solicitors as an initial point of contact when considering taking action against the Police…. Read more »

Stuart Wragg

Rating: ***** Excellent service! Following a recent car accident, Donoghue Solicitors made a very stressful and difficult time so much easier. Their speed of response, consistent communication and helpful professional manner, really made a bad situation so much better. A wonderful company to deal with – Highly recommended. Read more reviews here.


Rating: ***** Accident at work I would highly recommend Donoghue Solicitors to anybody who is looking for a good, honest and reliable solicitor. From start to finish I was always kept up to date with the progress of my claim and was always made fully aware of what was happening. I was always explained everything thoroughly… Read more »