5 Essex Court

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Police Law

Beatrice has acted in high profile litigation involving the police and has expertise in a wide range of police law.

She advises and represents police forces in a range of areas including search warrants, covert policing, informants, Human Rights Act claims, including claims alleging breach of Article 2 ECHR, Article 3 ECHR claims alleging a failure to investigate, trafficking/modern slavery cases, claims under Article 5 ECHR for unlawful detention, false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance, negligence claims, stop and search, public order, assorted police powers under PACE 1984, data and information retention/disclosure including claims under the Data Protection Act 1998, misuse of private information, and Article 8 ECHR.

She is currently instructed to represent the IOPC in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Beatrice’s recent cases include:

R (Owens) v Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police (2018) – judicial review challenge to the seizure of a cow’s DNA.

R (Garthwaite) v Chief Constable of Lancashire Police (2018)Judicial review challenge to a search warrant.

R (Hora) v Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary (2018) – judicial review challenge to a decision not to prosecute.

R (Ghuman) v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police [2018] EWHC 2059 (Admin) - challenge to the issuing of a child abduction warning notice (CAWN).

R (Brook) v Chief Constable of Lancashire Police (2018) Judicial review challenge to a search warrant.

R (Densham) v Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police (2018) Judicial review challenge to the police’s decision to take no further action in relation to a reported offence.

R (LJ) v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police (2018) Judicial review challenge to the police’s decision not to refer a matter to the CPS, but to take no further action.

Roxana Jones v Chief Constable of Kent Police (2018) Civil action (wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and assault).

Medihani v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2017) (led by Jeremy Johnson QC) - Negligence/ Article 2 ECHR claim brought against the MPS by family of a girl murdered by her friend.

Francis v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police (2017) - Judicial review claim challenging the outcome of a PSD investigation into the claimant’s complaints concerning numerous aspects of a police investigation.

Sutton v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (2017) - Assault, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution claim.

Toros v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police (2017) - Assault, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution claim.

Wilson v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2016) - Assault, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution claim.

Lady Caledon v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2016] EWHC 2214 - Part 8 claim for disclosure of information obtained by the police during the course of a criminal investigation into a third party (phone hacking-type claim).

Jallow-Halake v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2016) - Judicial review challenge to the retention of information about the Claimant in police systems.

Melville v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2016) - Claim for damages for an alleged failure to investigate a serious criminal offence.

Mouncher v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2016] EWHC 1367 (led by Jeremy Johnson QC) - Claim by 16 former officers of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance, breach of Article 8, trespass arising out of the collapse in 2011 of the UK’s largest criminal trial involving alleged police corruption.

Beatrice’s recent advisory work has included the following topics:

  • Numerous aspects of policing and mental health, including the use of s135 and s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Advice on capacity assessments
  • Whether there should be a fresh independent investigation into the 1985 Bradford City stadium fire
  • The policing of drug testing tents at music festivals
  • The disclosure of information by the police (duties and powers)
  • Numerous claims asserting that a police investigation of a serious offence has been inadequate (Article 3 ECHR)
  • Numerous challenges to a police decision to take no further action / CPS decision not to prosecute
  • Claims for overtime brought by undercover officers
  • The retention by the police of sensitive personal data
  • The legality of search warrants