Lochlinn Parker

Partner
Lochlinn Parker

Lochlinn is Head of Civil Liberties at ITN Solicitors.

He has extensive expertise in taking legal action against detaining authorities, and acting for bereaved families whose loved ones have died at the hands of, or in the custody, of the state. He works with organisations and individuals who are seeking accountability and compensation for wrongdoing, or who want to challenge 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 receives referrals from a range of activist organisations, NGOs and, in relation to football, from the UK’s largest fan group, 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 prisoners, the Independent Police Complaints Commission for inadequate complaint investigations and a number of Multi-National Companies who carry out state functions.  He has also worked with families seeking to understand the circumstances of their loved one’s death and to hold the state to account, in a range of situations including at the hands of the police, in police custody, after contact with the police, in prisons and in schools. 

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

Amongst many others Lochlinn is currently working with: three protesters who were arrested during the Cardiff Arms Fair in 2016; young men who have been unfairly targeted by the Police in their neighbourhoods; a 13 year old boy arrested during a school trip; a man whose eye socket and cheek were shattered by a police officer; football fans who were unlawfully dispersed under anti-social behaviour powers; two whole life sentenced prisoners who were seriously injured in assaults by other prisoners in Close Supervision Centres; victims of sexual abuse who are challenging Police decisions not to prosecute; a mother whose son died in prison from an overdose of ‘ecstasy’; a family whose son died of an asthma attack at school; and two families who raised serious welfare concerns with the police hours before their loved one’s death.

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 to head up the Actions Against the Police Team.

Prominent Cases

  • Jasmin Stone v Met Police – Jasmin is a prominent activist in the Focus E15 organisation which has run a high profile campaign against the housing policies of Newham Council.  Jasmin was arrested for squatting a residential property during a protest.  The police settled her case after receiving the initial Letter of Claim.
  • Adam Barr v Met Police – During a Class War protest Adam held up a banner about the UK’s political leadership that the police said was offensive.  Adam was prosecuted for causing harassment alarm and distress but the charges were dropped before trial.  The police settled his case after receiving the initial Letter of Claim.
  • UK Uncut CS spray case – Brought successful complaints and later claims against the Metropolitan Police for personal injury and for violation of the right to protest arising from the unlawful use of CS spray at a protest.  The officer was disciplined and the Commissioner of Police sent 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 for 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.
  • Wrexham FC fans v Humberside Police – 60 Wrexham FC fans were turned back from a match at Grimsby when the police used an anti-social behaviour dispersal order to ban them from Humberside for 48 hours.  The police accepted that they acted unlawfully in using the power without making individual assessments of each fan, in detaining them, escorting the group from the area and in filming events.  Compensation was paid and their data was removed from police databases.  This was the first case in the High Court examining these new powers.

  • 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.

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

  • JS v Metropolitan Police Service – Claim brought successfully against the MPS for the unlawful arrest and detention of a young ‘ultra’ fan, who had been unwarrantedly targeted repeatedly for stops and searches.  The action led the police to reduce their interest in him.

  • Louis Cooper v West Yorkshire Police – Assisting a young supporter of Hull FC to challenge the restrictions on travelling to an away match. 

  • Green v IPCC – High Court challenge to an IPCC independent investigation into an incident at Warwick University in which a police officer used CS spray against student protesters.  The Court found that the IPCC decision was unlawful as it was “not rationally supportable on the objective evidence”.
  • NP v MPS – Secured agreement from the MPS not to disclose the fact of a person’s arrest to their employer during an ongoing investigation after urgent representations were made.
  • IG v MPS – Secured the withdrawal of a caution against a protester who intervened when an officer assaulted her boyfriend.
  • IO v MPS - Claim brought by man and his uncle who were arrested at home in an armed police raid.  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.
  • Hillsborough – Lochlinn acted for a group of survivors who were concerned that a question the jury were asked to answer would blame supporters for the tragedy.  Representations were made to the Coroner seeking permission for their intervention. 
  • Fatal shooting by the MPS in which the Inquest jury recorded serious concerns about the actions of Firearms Commanders and Negotiators. 
  • Fatal shooting by Sussex Police of a pensioner in his home.  Concerns were raised during the inquest about the police cordon and the involvement of family members.
  • Prison deaths – Lochlinn has acted for a number bereaved families whose loved ones had been suffering from mental illness or who were otherwise vulnerable when they hanged themselves.  Juries in these cases have recorded conclusions of accidental death and levelled criticisms against the prison authorities for failing to follow procedures.