5 Essex Court

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Police Law

Alice has extensive experience of all stages of civil actions against the police, having successfully defended 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. As junior counsel Alice has been instructed in high-value, high-profile and complex claims involving multiple claimants and defendants.

She has particular expertise in judicial review challenges, as well as civil claims involving allegations of discrimination or breaches of the ECHR, or allegations of misfeasance by public bodies. Alice has recently been instructed in a number of cases involving allegations of breaches of Article 4 (prohibition of slavery and forced labour).

Alice frequently advises and represents Appropriate Authorities in police disciplinary hearings, often involving serious and/or sensitive allegations, and multiple officers, and in the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Alice also advises on and acts a broad range of operational and procedural matters for the police, including in particular 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 during her pupillage and the early years of her tenancy.

Alice has significant experience in representing police forces in Court of Protection and Family Court proceedings, including in Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation cases. She was recently instructed in the Court of Appeal in Re K, a case which provided a routemap for future Forced Marriage Protection Order applications. She has often acted in FMPO and FGMPO applications contested by the person to be protected.

Alice also advises on and acts in complex civil applications brought by police forces, in particular Slavery Trafficking and Risk Orders. She was instructed to make the first national applications for Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders and Account Freezing Orders.

Notable cases include:

Re K (Forced Marriage: Passport Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 190: Court of Appeal providing a “routemap” for Forced Marriage Protection Order applications.

R (Halabi) v The Crown Court at Southwark, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 1053 (Admin): Article 8 and incompatibility challenge to Notification Order regime in the Divisional Court.

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police v Kermani: police appeal by case stated resulting in confirmation that acquittal in criminal proceedings does not preclude Sexual Risk Order founded on same allegations.

Gatland & Ors v IPCC: claim for misfeasance and breach of Articles 6, 8, and Article 1 of the First Protocol ECHR.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: instructed in strands concerning Nottinghamshire Councils, The Anglican Church, Institutional Responses to Allegations Concerning Lord Janner.