How to challenge search and seizure orders








Exchange Chambers, 201 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3NW

Home Office statistics indicate there were almost 900,000 arrests in England and Wales in the year to 31st March 2016. But the IPCC tells us that over 34,000 complaints, compromising almost 65,000 allegations, were made against the police over a similar period.

Whilst many of those who come in to contact with the police are dealt with even-handedly, some egregious examples of police misconduct still hit the headlines. And even in less high-profile cases, clients may still wish to know how they can challenge a search warrant, contest the police’s retention of their data or property, seek remedy for a malicious prosecution or mistreatment during arrest or detention, or whether there may be an action for damages after an acquittal or a successful appeal.

So what should criminal lawyers do when they suspect misconduct in their client’s case may give rise to a civil claim? Rupert Bowers QC will present a seminar designed to give criminal lawyers some practical tips and advice on how to sport and pursue a civil claim against the police, and the remedies which may be available for their clients.

The session will explore:

  • The kinds of claims available (civil damages claims, judicial review, etc) and how claims can be funded;
  • Where to find relevant procedural rules and key law;
  • The basics on how to make valid claims of false imprisonment and malicious prosecution;
  • An introduction to claims arising from police searches, and seizures and retention of property.

To reserve your place, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Jo Stapley.