5 Essex Court

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Police Law

Catriona is regularly instructed to act for police forces in claims for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault, trespass, negligence, defamation and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998. She has experience of acting in claims for discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 and for breaches of the Data Protection Act. As junior counsel, she has been instructed in claims for misfeasance, for the repayment of money relating to the provision of special police services and for the quashing of a search warrant. 

Catriona has considerable advocacy experience appearing frequently in the High Court and County Courts. She is adept at witness handling having acted in a lengthy civil jury trial and a complex fact-finding hearing in care proceedings. Catriona is regularly instructed in family proceedings to make sensitive ex parte and inter partes applications to withhold disclosure of evidence on grounds of public interest immunity. 

Significant Cases:

Gatland and others v Independent Police Complaints Commission (High Court, ongoing) – claims for breach of Articles 6 and 8 and Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention arising from three independent investigations into allegations of police misconduct (led by Jason Beer QC). 

Rees and Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 273 (High Court) and [2018] EWCA Civ 1587 (Court of Appeal) – claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office arising out of the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987 (led by Jeremy Johnson QC). Quantum of damages ongoing in the Court of Appeal.

Ipswich Town Football Club Co Ltd v Chief Constable of Suffolk [2016] 4 W.L.R. 118 (High Court) and [2017] 4 W.L.R 195 (Court of Appeal) - a claim for the repayment of money relating to the provision of special police services at football matches.

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis v Jamie Thorpe [2015] EWHC 3339 (Admin) – an appeal brought by way of case stated against a decision of the Ealing Magistrates’ Court to impose restrictions on a football banning order.

R (on the application of Craig Paolo) v City of London Magistrates’ Court & Commissioner of Police for the City of London [2014] EWHC 2011 (Admin) – an application for an order quashing a search warrant on grounds of material non-disclosure.