5 Essex Court

Aaron Moss

Call 2013

Police Law

Building on his experience as a Special Sergeant, Aaron frequently represents police forces in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts in applications for, and challenges to, civil Orders including POCA forfeitures, SHPOs and Football Banning Orders, as well as the destruction of dangerous dogs. He appeared for the Police in a challenge to dangerous dog legislation (Webb v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary (Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs intervening) [2017] EWHC 3311 (Admin)).

Aaron has particular recent experience in relation to new Account Freezing Orders both under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Anti -Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. He has acted in case for the Metropolitan Police Service and specialist regional units, including an application arising from the conviction of the first all female terror group in Britain.

He is frequently instructed to defend civil actions against the Police in the County Court, as well as often advising on such cases. He has also appeared on behalf of prison service providers. He was instructed, as junior to Jeremy Johnson QC, in defending the judicial review of a police search warrant in R (Hafeez) v Southwark Crown Court [2018] EWHC 954 (Admin).

Aaron often advises on the exercise of operational police powers, including the exercise of covert tactics, and the application of the Police Regulations in cases such as pay and pensions. He is currently instructed by most of the country’s Chief Officers in the Police Overtime Claims Litigation.

He represents the Police in issues of disclosure and PII in Family proceedings, and has experience in relation to issues of National Security. Aaron has also successfully represented a Local Authority applying for a Forced Marriage Protection Order for reasons of capacity.

Aaron recently advised a police force on its constables’ powers to use force in relation to quarantining and biological samples under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. This was believed to be the first use of the powers in the country.