5 Essex Court

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Police Law

Catriona is regularly instructed to act for police forces in claims for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault, trespass, negligence and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998. She has experience of acting in claims for discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 and for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. As junior counsel, she has been instructed in claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance, for the repayment of money relating to the provision of special police services and for the quashing of a search warrant.

Catriona has considerable advocacy experience acting successfully in a 5-day civil jury trial and frequently appearing in the High Court, County Court, Crown and Magistrates’ Courts in applications for forced marriage protection orders, slavery and trafficking risk orders, female genital mutilation orders, domestic violence prevention orders, sexual risk and harm prevention orders and cash forfeiture.

Significant cases include:

Rees and Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 273 (QB) – claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office arising out of the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987 (led by Jeremy Johnson QC).

Ipswich Town Football Club Co Ltd v Chief Constable of Suffolk [2016] 4 W.L.R. 118 (High Court) and [2017] 4 W.L.R 195 (Court of Appeal) - a claim for the repayment of money relating to the provision of special police services at football matches.

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis v Jamie Thorpe [2015] EWHC 3339 (Admin) – an appeal brought by way of case stated against a decision of the Ealing Magistrates’ Court to impose restrictions on a football banning order.

R (on the application of Craig Paolo) v City of London Magistrates’ Court & Commissioner of Police for the City of London [2014] EWHC 2011 (Admin) – an application for an order quashing a search warrant on grounds of material non-disclosure.