State bodies have significant powers to detain you and use force. These powers must be used carefully and only as a last resort. The state also has an obligation to investigate thoroughly when you have been a victim of crime or when mistakes have been made. In either case, you may need the help of a lawyer to fight your corner. ITN Solicitors has a reputation for fighting hard on behalf of our clients to obtain accountability and redress.
We have extensive experience in holding the state to account, whether you have been arrested in your neighbourhood or at a protest or if you have been assaulted in prison or unlawfully detained under immigration powers.
We work with clients to challenge misconduct and wrongdoing by police officers/forces from across the country, as well as the prison service, immigration detention centres, the Home Office, multi-national companies who work in behalf of the government, and others.
We regularly fight cases on behalf of people who have been wrongfully arrested, assaulted or prosecuted unfairly, subject to discrimination or an unlawful breach of their human rights. We also act against officers who deliberately abuse their powers (misfeasance). We have significant experience in Data Protection issues and the freedom of information.
We can also assist you if you have been let down by the police or Crown Prosecution Service as a victim of crime. Please see our Victims’ Rights page
We advise clients in complaint and misconduct proceedings when seeking to have an officer or staff member disciplined for their wrong doing. See the Complaints page.
We represent bereaved families whose loved one has died in custody or at the hands of the state, through the inquest process and in civil claims on behalf of the deceased’s estate and for family members themselves. Please see the Inquest and Inquiries page.
In addition, we challenge the decisions of state bodies through the judicial review process. See the Public Law page for more details.
Securing financial compensation is rarely the main priority for our clients, but this is often the available remedy. You may also seek an apology, an admission or finding of wrongdoing, the re-writing of policy and procedure, or the deletion of DNA/other data from police/government databases.
There can be very short time lines for bringing cases to court depending on your case. Legal Aid is available in many cases. If you are ineligible for Legal Aid we may be able to assist you on a ‘no win no fee’ agreement or on privately paying basis.
The freedom to protest is the life blood of our democracy, yet the rights of demonstrators have been threatened by government legislation and police tactics, such as kettling. ITN solicitors are recognised by activists and legal directories alike as experts who can robustly defend you in a criminal court and fearlessly assert your rights in the civil courts or through the complaints system.
All public officials including police officers have professional standards of conduct that they must follow. A failure to meet these standards may arise from a simple lack of courtesy or, more seriously, a breach of the rules governing powers of stop and search or arrest. If you wish to complain about a police officer, or other state official, then we can help you through the complaints process.
When someone is the victim of a crime they naturally expect the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to work tirelessly to put the perpetrator before the Courts. Unfortunately, victims can come away highly dissatisfied and sometimes traumatised by the process. ITN Solicitors can work with you to assert your rights and seek justice.
The death of a loved one is a difficult and traumatic time under any circumstances, but it can be particularly confusing and overwhelming where the cause of death is uncertain or unknown, or where the person has died in custody or following Police contact.
ITN Solicitors work closely with the Football Supporters Association, the largest membership based fan organisation in the country to assist fans who have been caught up in the criminal justice system. Together with the FSA we want to challenge the idea that supporters are a problem that need to be heavily policed.