Lochlinn Parker

Partner

 

Contact: lparker@itnsolicitors.com 

Lochlinn has extensive expertise in taking legal action against detaining authorities. He works with organisations and individuals in seeking accountability and compensation for wrongdoing, and by challenging the decisions of state bodies, He advises campaign groups and NGOs on the law and assists in devising legal strategies to further their aims.  He also acts for bereaved families whose loved ones have died at the hands of or in the custody of the state. 

He receives referrals from a range of activist organisations, NGOs and, in relation to football, from the largest fan organisation, the Football Supporters Federation. He is actively involved with campaigning organisations, including in relation to the monitoring of police with Netpol.

Bringing cases against the state can be a daunting prospect.  The state’s powers to detain and use force have to be subject to accountability and Lochlinn will work tirelessly to make sure you get justice.  Lochlinn will advise you on and guide you through the many different legal routes to obtain redress including, civil claims, judicial review, the official complaint systems, Inquests and Inquiries. 

Lochlinn has brought cases against a number of different police forces across the country, the Home Office in respect of immigration detainees, the Ministry of Justice in relation to deaths in prison, the Independent Police Complaints Commission for inadequate complaint investigations and a number of Multi-National Companies who carry out state functions. 

He has also investigated and advised on cases with an international perspective, including in respect of victims of torture.

Currently, Lochlinn is assisting protesters who were involved in an incident at the University of Warwick where CS spray and a taser were used, acting for a number of people arrested during an anti-fascist protest against the English Defence League, and challenging the use of terrorism powers against a prominent activist.

Lochlinn is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, the Inquest Lawyers Group and the Haldane Society.  Lochlinn trained at ITN and Bhatt Murphy solicitors before working for a number of years at Deighton Pierce Glynn.  He joined ITN in November 2015.

 

Prominent Cases

Protest

UK Uncut CS spray case – Brought successful complaints and later claims for personal injury and for violation of the right to protest against the Metropolitan Police for the unlawful use of CS spray at a protest.  The officer was disciplined and the Commissioner of Police gave a written apology to all the claimants.  The case was covered by the Guardian.

CO v MPS – Prominent protester arrested during G8 protests in 2013 secured substantial compensation for his 48 hour detention which lasted the duration of the two day protest.

SP v Sussex Police – Obtained compensation for an activist arrested for refusing to give the police her name during an environmental protest.

Climate Camp v Kent Police - Settled two cases for unlawful arrest, assault, malicious prosecution, and violation of the right to protest.  Settlement included substantial damages, deletion of DNA and fingerprint profiles and all data on the claimants’ arrests held by all police forces and public order units in England and Wales.  Deletion of information is often a priority for campaigners who do not believe it is acceptable for the state to monitor peaceful protest.

 

Football

Tommy Meyers v Thames Valley Police & British Transport Police – Obtained compensation for a young football fan who was unlawfully arrested and bitten on the face and neck by a police dog during the arrest.

MW v West Midlands Police – Substantial compensation secured for a fan who was violently assaulted in a holding cell beneath a football ground while handcuffed and lying on his front. 

JS v Metropolitan Police Service – Claim brought successfully against the MPS for the unlawful arrest and detention of a young ‘ultra’ fan

 

Police misconduct

IO v MPS  - Claim brought by male and his uncle who were arrested at home by armed police.  The claims were successfully settled once the police were persuaded that there was no lawful basis for their arrests.

PC v Sussex Police – Successfully obtained compensation for a vulnerable elderly woman who was arrested after making numerous complaints to the council.

 

Advising organisations

Assisting a well known large charity in understanding the law on protest while they were planning a new campaign.

Advising an organisation on possible test cases, in respect of new laws relevant to their area and assisting them prepare for governmental level meetings.

Drafting guides to protest law for environmental campaigns and on police powers for student organisations.

 

International Law

Advised the ex-president of a country who was subjected to death threats while visiting the UK on how to make a complaint to the police and then liaised with the Counter Terrorism Unit to ensure a thorough investigation

Investigating cases of state sanctioned torture in a Middle Eastern country, developing legal strategy and liaising with specialist NGOs.

 

Inquests

Fatal shooting by the MPS in which the Inquest jury recorded serious concerns about the actions of Firearms Commanders and Negotiators

Prison deaths – Acted for bereaved families in a number of cases where prisoners suffering from mental illness or who were otherwise vulnerable hanged themselves.  Juries in these cases have recorded conclusions of accidental death and levelled criticisms against the prison authorities for failing to follow procedures.

Police custody – Secured a jury conclusion of accidental death through neglect of an intoxicated man whose life could have been saved at a number of points over a three hour period.

 

Immigration Detention

AA v Home Office – Successfully challenged the detention of a Darfuri refugee and later secured substantial compensation.

KM v Home Office – Brought a successful claim on behalf of Zimbabwean man who the government unlawfully detained and attempted to deport to South Africa on three occasions.  Stopped his deportation on one occasion when the client was at Heathrow awaiting his flight.  The Home Office apologised in writing for detaining him and for trying to deport him.  Substantial damages paid.

 

 

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