5 Essex Court

Alison Hewitt

Call 1984

Police Law

Alison regularly represents Chief Constables and their officers in inquests, public inquiries, judicial review claims and civil actions. She also advises on many aspects of police powers including both policy and operational issues. Additionally, Alison acts for Appropriate Authorities and advises Panels in police misconduct proceedings. 

A few examples of her work for Police Forces over recent years include :

Public Inquiries : 

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse : In 2020 for South Wales Police and in 2018 for West Midlands Police.

Inquests :

Helen Loveday [2018] : Representing the Chief Constable of Norfolk in a case in which the Deceased was reported as distressed and missing, and was struck and killed by the vehicle of the police officers who were attending the call.

Kamal Nour [2016] : Representing the Chief Constable of Norfolk in a case in which the Deceased killed himself whilst “under siege” from the police.

Andrew Pimlott [2015] : Representing the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police. The Deceased died from burn injuries after being tasered by a police officer.

Lloyd Butler [2014] : Representing the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police. This case concerned the death of a detainee who died in a cell in police custody.

Rachel Slack, Auden Slack and Andrew Cairns [2013] : Representing the Chief Constable of Derbyshire in a case in which a mother and her young son were killed by her former partner. The case raised issues about the care given by mental health services and the protection provided by the police (in Derby Coroner’s Court).

Judicial Review :

R (P and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 321 : represented the Metropolitan Commissioner in the Court of Appeal as part of linked appeals which considered the lawfulness of the revised statutory scheme for the disclosure of convictions and its compatibility with Article 8 ECHR.

R (NE and NM) v Birmingham Magistrates’ Court and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2015] EWHC 688 (Admin) : the President of the QBD ruled upon the proper approach to be taken to an application by a serious sexual offender for release from the indefinite notification requirements in the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

R (Krol) v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 4552 (Admin) : the court ruled that the police’s refusal to expunge a caution for the offence of actual bodily harm by a mother in punishing her young daughter did not breach her Article 8 rights.