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.
The days of regular trouble at football are thankfully well in the past and millions of people go to watch games every weekend with their friends and families without any hint of trouble. However, fans are still aggressively policed and are often subjected to excessive stop and search, or forcible escort to and from clubs. They can be also be subject to unwarranted attention from Football Intelligence Officers.
In unison with the FSA’s ‘Watching Football is Not a Crime’ we want to challenge the heavy handed policing of fans. ITN Solicitors help fans understand their rights, to make complaints or bring claims for compensation against police forces and clubs, and to challenge the data that is held on them. We also work with supporters to challenge restrictions on attending matches.
Over the last few years Lochlinn Parker has successfully settled a number of cases, including, amongst many others:
Lochlinn also advised a group of Liverpool supporters on their involvement in the Hillsborough Inquests.
If you have been arrested or served with Football Banning Order proceedings then we and the FSA can help you fight your case.
If you need assistance please contact us and ask for Lochlinn Parker or contact Amanda Jacks of the FSA directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07703 519555. You can also contact @FSA_Faircop on Twitter.
State bodies have significant powers to detain you and use force. These powers have to be used carefully and as a last resort. State bodies also have obligations to investigate thoroughly when you have been a victim of crime or when mistakes have been made.
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.