5 Essex Court

Alison Hewitt

Call 1984

Police Law

Alison represents the police in inquests, judicial reviews and civil actions. She also advises on many aspects of police powers including both policy and operational issues. Alison has regularly been instructed to represent Appropriate Authorities and advise Panels in police misconduct proceedings. 

Examples of inquests are set out in the inquests section.

Examples of judicial review cases include:

R. (on the application of P and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 321 - represented the Metropolitan Commissioner in the Court of Appeal as part of linked appeals which considered the lawfulness of the revised statutory scheme for the disclosure of convictions and its compatibility with Article 8 ECHR.

R (NE and NM) v Birmingham Magistrates’ Court and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2015] EWHC 688 (Admin) - the President of the QBD ruled upon the proper approach to be taken to an application by a serious sexual offender for release from the indefinite notification requirements in the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

R (Krol) v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 4552 (Admin) - the court ruled that the police’s refusal to expunge a caution for the offence of actual bodily harm by a mother in punishing her young daughter did not breach her Article 8 rights.