Ceri Widdett

Call 1994


‘Highly recommended for discrimination and whistleblowing matters.’

The Legal 500 2018/19
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Police Law

Ceri Widdett has nearly 20 years’ experience representing police officers and acting against police forces in civil actions against the police. She has been consistently recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leader in her field and which cites: “Clients always love her approach as it gets to the root of the issues in a no- nonsense manner” (2017).

She has extensive regulatory and disciplinary experience and regularly appears at Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) hearings.

Ceri recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in the high profile case of Robinson v West Yorkshire Police [2014] P.I.Q.R. P14. She is regularly instructed in damages claims against the police, including tort claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, misconduct in a public office and negligence. Ceri also previously successfully represented a police officer facing Part 20 civil proceedings for sexual assault whilst on duty.

Ceri previously acted on behalf of the claimant in one of the first age discrimination cases before the Supreme Court (Homer v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2009] ICR 223, [2009] IRLR 262) and has acted for numerous police officers in claims of discrimination and whistleblowing.

Ceri is a national trainer in root cause analyses and has been instructed to advise and act on behalf of the Police Federation, numerous Local Authorities and Unions and the MPS. She recently advised the Football Association on the impact of equality law outside the workplace.

Police Cases

Selected Reported Cases include:

Robinson v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2014] P.I.Q.R. P14

Homer v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2009] ICR 223, [2009] IRLR 262

Campbell v Leeds United AFC [2009] EW Misc 4 (EWCC)

Nationwide Leisure Ltd v Parnham (UKEATPA/0724/09)

Girvin v Humberside Probation Trust (UKEAT/0197/09/DA)

Gameplay (GB) Ltd. v McLaughlin [2003] UKEAT 323