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Police, Care & Justice

We advise police forces, healthcare, custodial and justice providers with a proven track record of positive outcomes, balancing issues such as reputational risk against a background of an uncertain commercial and economic climate.

Why work with our Police, Care and Justice team?

We understand the daily challenges faced by our clients and the benefit of having the right legal partner at your side whatever challenge you are facing. 

We are recognised as one of the most experienced team in this sector for a reason. The nature of the work our clients undertake means that many of our instructions are high profile, sensitive and /or complex in nature. 

We also recognise that it is not enough to provide legal advice in isolation and the team have embraced the mindset of the "O shaped lawyer" creating an environment for our people to thrive and for challenge to happen. Our in house and industry experience across our specialist sectors enables the team to provide a truly bespoke offering unrivalled by others. 

Our expertise

For more details as to how we can support your organisation's needs, please visit our relevant specialist page.

If you wish to discuss the services we offer then please contact Rachel Jones on 07702 955911 or email Rachel.Jones@dwf.law. 

Case Studies

Negligence claim brought against DWF'S police client

A negligence claim brought against DWF's police client, following her attempted murder, was dismissed after a six day trial, resulting in a costs order in the Force's favour. 

The claimant alleged that the Force's interaction with her, in the hours and days before the index incident, had established a duty of care. The claimant argued that there had been an assumption of responsibility. We relied upon Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police in this regard, to support that the argument of assumption of responsibility was not tenable. It was clear in the present case that the Force's officers had not made any guarantees to the claimant. 

We had to undertake vast disclosure in this matter including an extensive IOPC investigation where some criticisms had been made of the officers involved. Furthermore, the trial took place virtually and we ensured all witnesses were provided with the full trial bundle in advance of the hearing. We held Teams conferences at the end of the day to ensure the witnesses were thoroughly supported throughout the trial. Running the matter to trial and getting a costs order in the Force's favour contributed to a costs saving in the region of £210,000. 

DWF act in bullying /harassment claim

DWF acted in a claim being brought by a former Police Sergeant involving allegations of bullying/harassment over a five year period by a former commanding officer, resulting in him suffering a mental breakdown. 

Following a substantial absence from duty, he returned to work on restricted duties but alleged that he was led to believe that he would ultimately be required to return to his former role, which would have brought him into contact with former colleagues and managers. As a result he alleged that he suffered a further breakdown leading to him handing in his resignation. It was accepted that the claimant had suffered a psychiatric injury in the form of a breakdown prior to his first period of absence, but it was not accepted that this was as a result of bullying/harassment. The claimant had a number of significant stressors in his life at the time of his initial breakdown. 

The claim was dismissed as the court preferred the evidence of the Chief Inspector and the claimant's line manager, on the basis that they were reliable and honest witnesses and there was clear evidence that the claimant would not be posted to his former role when he was fit for active duty. The Judge found that the defendant had not breached its duty to the claimant and even if there had been a breach, accepted the medical evidence of the defendant to the extent that his mental health condition did not amount to a decline in his psychiatric condition consistent with a mental health injury having been caused by any action (or part of) by the defendant. 

The final schedule of loss in this case was approximately £500,000 and the costs of running the matter to trial equated to approximately 1/5th of the potential value of the case. This resulted in a considerable saving for the clients, given that any attempt to "buy-off" the claim at an earlier stage would have resulted in a substantial payment to cover the claimant's cost's (budgeted in region of £200,000) in addition to damages and payment of DWF's costs.

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