- POLICE LAW
- PUBLIC / ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
- PUBLIC INQUIRIES
Andrew WatersPrint PDF Version
YEAR OF CALL: 1987
Andrew is ranked as a leading junior in both police and disciplinary law in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK.
- “He is approachable and well-liked by both clients and witnesses.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2018
- “He is exceptional on all areas of police work.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2018
- “Pre-eminent for police conduct and discipline cases.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2017
- “His laid-back, calm approach instils you with the confidence that you have the right person.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2017
- “He is liked by clients and witnesses alike.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2017
- “An expert in police law.” (Civil liberties and human rights, including actions against the police) The Legal 500 UK 2015
- “He identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a case and presents it in astreamlined way that is palatable for the panel.”(Police Law) Chambers UK 2015
- “Clients love him and are naturally put at ease by him. He’s very good at talking to people on their level and listening to them, which is incredibly important. He’s a co-operative team player.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2014
Andrew was called to the Bar in 1987 having completed his law degree in Bristol and Bar Finals in London. He has been at 5 Essex Court throughout his career.
Andrew has considerable experience of representing and advising police forces in England and Wales across the whole range of civil and public law issues that affect them.
- Civil actions – All levels of civil actions for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in a public office and negligence.
- Discipline – a wide range of disciplinary work, both advisory and as an advocate. Sits as a legal adviser and has dealt with high profile / sensitive cases.
- Inquests – deaths in police and prison custody – inquests for police forces and the Home Office / Prison Service.
- Employment – all areas of employment law for police forces.
- Judicial review – arising out of the decisions and actions of police forces.
Recent Police cases:
Andrew is currently representing Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in the Hillsborough inquests.
Hussain v West Mercia Constabulary – Court of Appeal – requirement of recognisable psychiatric damage (rather than anxiety resulting in physical symptoms) in a claim for misfeasance in a public office.
Morrison v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis whether the use by the police of a Taser amounted to a breach of Article 3 of the ECHR and required an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission rather than by the Metropolitan Police Department of Professional Standards.
Guardian Newspapers v Information Commissioner – unsuccessful attempt by the Guardian Newspaper to obtain from Avon & Somerset Constabulary the investigating officer’s report in respect of the allegation that the former Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe had been involved in a conspiracy to murder.
Bichard Inquiry – represented Cambridgeshire Constabulary at the inquiry into the child protection procedures (in particular intelligence keeping and vetting) following the conviction of Ian Huntley for the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.
X v Sir John Stevens (Commissioner Metropolitan Police Service) – Availability of restricted reporting orders to a transsexual seeking anonymity during sex discrimination proceedings.
Cowan v Chief Constable of Somerset & Avon Court of Appeal -liability of police forces for negligence post Osman.
O’Sullivan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – public interest immunity attaches to reports from police to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Recent Public/Administrative Law cases:
Morrison v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – whether the use by the police of a Taser amounted to a breach of Article 3 of the ECHR and required an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Authority rather than by the Metropolitan Police Department of Professional Standards.
Bates v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset – legality of search warrants especially where privileged material is sought.
Public / Administrative Law:
Andrew regularly appears in the Administrative Court on behalf of the police forces on issues ranging from search warrants, discipline, human rights, and inquests.
Andrew has considerable experience of representing police forces and the Home Office / Prison Service arising out of deaths in custody.
Andrew represents and advises police forces on the full range of employment issues that impact on them from discrimination claims to whistle-blowing cases.
Andrew represented Cambridgeshire Constabulary at the Bichard Inquiry into the child protection procedures (in particular intelligence keeping and vetting) following the conviction of Ian Huntley for the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.
Andrew has provided training to police forces and Force Solicitors on many areas including police discipline and human rights.
Bar School 1987
Bristol Polytechnic 1983 -1986
Lord Wandsworth College
Triathlon, mountain biking and cooking (to fuel the first two interests).