David has over 10 years experience dealing with civil actions. He now specialises in actions against police, prisons and other public authorities including personal injury, data protection and data breaches, breach of privacy, human rights claims, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and Inquests.
David also has many years experience of Inquests involving deaths in police custody, police contact deaths, deaths in prisons/deaths in custody and those involving medical failures.
Prior to joining Instalaw David trained with West Yorkshire Police Legal Services before moving to DWF's Police and Prison Law team in Manchester. He then worked for Tinsdills Solicitors specialising in personal injury law. He has extensive experience in actions against the Police, Prisons, Inquests, Data Protection and personal injury having worked on hundreds of cases over the past decade.
Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police  EWCA Civ 15. A claim arising from alleged negligence during a policing operation which allowed injury to be made to an innocent bystander. Recently heard by Supreme Court.
Secretary of State for Justice v HM Deputy Coroner Eastern District of West Yorkshire  All ER - Judicial review arising from the Inquest into the death of Kassa Osebu a 6 week inquest into the death in prison following charge of murder.
Leeds United v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police - court of appeal case relating to the charging for the policing of football matches.
Other Notable Cases:
B v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police - 2 week jury trial claim for false imprisonment, battery and malicious prosecution.
M v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police - 2 week jury trial claim for false imprisonment, battery, breach of Article 5 and 8 involving serious allegations of racial assault and abuse.
KB and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police - 2 week jury trial claim for false imprisonments, assault, battery, malicious prosecution, psychiatric injury and breach of article 3, 5 and 8. The claim also involved the use of CS spray.
Inquest into the death of ET - inquest into the death of 16 year old girl who died from chronic constipation. Acted for emergency responders and OOH GP practice.
Inquest into the death of MT - death in custody, acted for prison healthcare professionals, evidence was called from expert cardiologists.
Inquest into the death of JO - Inquest into the death of a prisoner by hanging. Acted for mental health professionals.
Inquest into the death of JJ - 2 week inquest into the death of a prisoner 1 day after being held in police custody.
Areas of Expertise:
Police Complaints – David can assist with the bringing of complaints against the Police.
Civil Actions against the Police – David can assist with cases including but not limited to:
Data Protection / Breach of Privacy:
David can assist in bringing claims against Public Authorities including the Police, Prisons, Local Authorities and other parties in relation to data breaches and breaches of privacy for example:
Civil litigation involving actions against Prisons:
We can assist in bringing claims against Prisons such as those listed below. This list is not exhaustive:
David can represent bereaved families and interested persons at Inquest and can provide advice in relation to any civil actions arising from failures by the appropriate authorities. We can also advise on challenging decisions of Coroners.
The types of cases David specialises in are as follows: