5 Essex Court

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Police Law

Alice has extensive experience of all stages of civil actions against the police, successfully defending her first 2-day multi-track civil claim (assault and breach of Article 8 ECHR) in the High Court during her first year of tenancy. Recognising the benefits of early resolution, Alice has obtained strike-out, summary judgment or withdrawal in a number of claims. These include a re-issued claim struck out following her written submissions on abuse of process, and a dog-bite claim in negligence and breach of Articles 3 and 8, which was withdrawn after her oral submissions.

As well as representing forces at trial, her expertise includes advising on merits and quantum, drafting pleadings and making preliminary applications. As junior counsel Alice has been instructed in high-value, high-profile and complex claims involving multiple claimants and defendants.

Alice frequently advises and represents Appropriate Authorities in police disciplinary hearings, often involving serious and/or sensitive allegations. She is currently instructed in a 6-day disciplinary hearing involving 4 officers in relation to a death in custody. In the Police Appeals Tribunal, Alice has successfully defended an appeal brought on the grounds of unreasonable outcome and breach of procedure/unfairness.

Alice advises on and acts a broad range of operational and procedural matters for the police such as the revised bail provisions, police collaboration agreements, mental health issues and discrimination law. She has a particular insight into the important practical and legal considerations which arise when acting on behalf of the police having worked in-house with a number of police forces.

Alice has significant experience in representing police forces in Court of Protection and Family Court proceedings. She recently acted in an application for an injunction to prevent child sexual exploitation under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Alice is also instructed to act in civil applications including those under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Sexual Offences Act, the Modern Slavery Act, the Family Law Act and the Female Genital Mutilation Act. She has particular experience in FMPO and FGMPO applications contested by the person to be protected.

Alice was recently instructed to make the first national applications for the new Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Order and Account Freezing Order.

Alice is currently instructed in an STRO application brought against 9 respondents.