5 Essex Court

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Police Law

Police law is at the core of Alex’s practice and he undertakes complex civil claims, including High Court claims for false imprisonment/malicious prosecution and claims arising from deaths in custody and police contact. He is instructed in cases involving human rights, such as in respect of the right to protest, vetting decisions and Zenati Article 5 claims (both by police and the CPS). Alex is instructed by law enforcement and prosecution authorities such as police forces, the National Crime Agency and the CPS. He has particular experience in Article 2 claims arising from deaths following police contact or in detention.

Alex has experience of civil jury trials. He regularly appears in the High Court, for example in relation to false imprisonment claims, Civil Restraint Orders and in claims concerning malicious prosecution, both on behalf of law enforcement and the CPS. He has particular aptitude for dealing with vexatious litigants and has successfully obtained a number of General and Extended Civil Restraint Orders, as well as having been instructed by the Attorney General in respect of High Court proceedings for a vexatious litigant order.

Alex has also advised police forces on proposed policies, public law aspects of enforcing confiscation orders, Data Protection Act obligations and disclosure issues arising from inquests.

Alex has extensive experience of working as part of a team on complex and high-profile matters, as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, having been instructed by the Metropolitan Police in relation to the phone hacking investigations and having worked on secondment to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Surrey Police and Greater Manchester Police.