Regulatory: Police Discipline

'We can use any Chambers we wish and indeed used to switch around on a case by case basis, now we remain with Hollis Whiteman as the standard of Service is second to none, the response times are immediate and the availability of Counsel is a  crucial factor in our decision. The knowledge of Police Procedures and relevant Legislation is excellent as is the strength in depth of Counsel. - Chair CBB (2010)

‘QEB’s expertise in the area of police disciplinary work has been significantly recognised throughout the year. Individuals have expertise over many years and continue to advise and represent police officers of all ranks at disciplinary hearings and public inquiries’
– Legal 500 (2009)

Throughout the decades, QEB Hollis Whiteman has been consistently involved in the most high profile cases; from the Krays to Kenny Noye and more recently Baby P and the Hammer Murderer Levi Bellfield. All members of the Police Discipline Team are also criminal practitioners who bring the advocacy skills and forms of robust challenge of the criminal courts to the arena of Police Discipline. We understand the context in which police operate. Several of the team are ex police officers.

The team  is aware of the stress and the difficulties discipline can bring. As a result, our team provides a tailored personal response to each case, never forgetting that careers are often in jeopardy. Members of the Team specialise in providing representation and advice in Misconduct cases, Police Appeals Tribunals and Coroners Inquests.

Members of the team have been responsible for drafting Force policies, advising upon the use of surveillance in misconduct hearings, acting as legal assessors and providing advocacy training to Federation representatives throughout the country. 

QEB Hollis Whiteman has a notably strong reputation for advising and representing the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, particularly in relation to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

Mark Aldred ex-police officer, together with Alexandra Felix and Susannah Stevens bring particular expertise to our Police Disciplinary work.  

Notable cases:

Appeal Re: DCI S (2015)
Alex Felix represents DCI in Police Appeal Tribunal
Alexandra Felix

Mark Aldred represented undercover police officer charged with misconduct in public office after becoming addicted to heroin (2014)

Mark Aldred

Appeal of DS Jan Beasant (2012)
DS Jan Beasant exonerated: Successful on appeal
Mark Aldred

PC Holden & Houghton (2012)
Important case for the future of pursuits
Mark Aldred

Re: B (2011)
Successful appeal on sanction to the PAT and Judicial Review
Alexandra Felix

Re: Moat (2011)
Advising police officers in relation to the death of Raoul Moat
Sean Larkin QC | Mark Aldred

RE - PC H (2010)
Abuse of process application granted
Susannah Stevens

Raoul Moat – Northumbria IPCC investigation (2010)
High profile police manhunt

Inquest (2010)
Acting for police officers
Mark Aldred

Re - X (2009)
Police Discipline
Alexandra Felix

Articles:

What is the law regarding the granting of a Firearm - Paul Rooney
What is the law regarding the granting of a Firearm Licence and can you appeal should your application be refused ? Followi 13.8.2010
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Seminars

For more information with regards to Police Discipline matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7933 8855 or email polfed@qebhw.co.uk