Jeremy Johnson QC, Alan Payne, Beatrice Collier and Cicely Hayward representing the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in one of the largest ever civil actions against the police
Jeremy Johnson QC, Alan Payne, Beatrice Collier and Cicely Hayward are the team of counsel representing the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in one of the largest ever civil actions against the police. The Lynette White litigation, as it is known, started on 12 October 2015 and is due to last until Christmas. It is a very high profile Welsh case, in which 15 former South Wales Police officers are bringing claims of false imprisonment, misfeasance and malicious prosecution against the Chief Constable. The claimants are all former officers who were involved in the investigation into the death of Lynette White who was murdered in Cardiff in 1988. In what has now become a notorious miscarriage of justice three men were convicted of her murder, but later had their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal. The real culprit pleaded guilty to Ms White’s murder in 2003. All the claimants in this civil action were arrested by South Wales Police in 2005-6 as part of a re-investigation into the original murder enquiry; 13 of the 15 claimants were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, false imprisonment and misfeasance in public office. Their criminal trial collapsed in 2011, in circumstances which are currently the subject of an independent QC-led investigation ordered by the Home Secretary. The trial is taking place in Cardiff before Mr Justice Wyn Williams.