Matrix has a strong team of silks and juniors with expertise in all areas of police law. Their work includes:
- Public law challenges to police decisions at all levels, from the Administrative Court to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
- Damages claims arising out of police misconduct: this includes claims for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault, negligence, and misfeasance in public office, as well as for breaches of the Human Rights Act (see also our Human Rights page).
- Judicial review and damages claims arising out of criminal investigations and prosecutions: for example, challenges to search warrants obtained by the police and other law enforcement bodies.
- Police law issues arising in other tribunals, such as the Employment Tribunal and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
Matrix members have expertise in the full range of police law and related areas, including:
- Challenges to charging and cautioning decisions, and to failures to prosecute in cases involving Articles 2 and 3 of the ECHR.
- The use of police powers in the counter-terrorism context.
- Privacy rights in connection with State surveillance and the retention and disclosure of personal data, including disclosure by way of criminal record certificates.
- Deaths in custody and following police contact (see also our Inquests and Inquiries page).
- Discrimination (see also our Discrimination page).
- Damages claims arising out of the actions of undercover police officers.
Matrix members have acted in many of the most significant recent police law cases, including:
- David Miranda’s judicial review claim regarding the seizure, under anti-terrorism powers, of journalistic material connected with Edward Snowden.
- The Supreme Court case brought by John Catt, the 90 year-old peace protester who discovered that his personal details were stored on the Metropolitan Police ‘domestic extremism’ database.
- The proceedings arising out of the death of Mark Duggan.
- The Investigatory Powers Tribunal case brought by Liberty and other NGOs against the UK’s use of surveillance.
- The challenge to the mass arrests on the day of the Royal Wedding; now pending in the Supreme Court.
Our publications include:
- Civil Actions Against the Police (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Prison Law (OUP).