5 Essex Court

Cicely Hayward

Call 2008


Cicely is recognised as a leading junior in the legal directories and described by her clients as having an “excellent manner in court” and as providing “clear, concise and well considered” advice. Cicely has developed her practice in the areas of Police law, Inquests, Employment law, Public Law and Personal Injury. Cicely represents police forces throughout the country advising on all aspects of police law. She acts regularly for central government departments in public and private law matters. She has acted in a number of high profile matters and appeared on in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Coroner’s Court.

Zawiasa v MOD - delayed diagnosis of hand injury. Unless this has settled since I went on mat leave I believe it is still ongoing. Damages could be c. £300K but we are trying to limit those by exploring credibility and causation arguments. 

Whitehurst v MOD - delayed diagnosis of shoulder injury. We achieved a very favourable settlement on this by pursuing a causation argument about discharge. 

Carey v MOD - this was actually a PI quantum case but it involved 7 expert disciplines and a lot of work with the experts to ascertain causation. I attended several CMCs and interim hearings. This was ongoing when I left for maternity leave, but due to go to trial (6 days in the High Court in June). But for mat leave the solicitor intended me to do the trial on my own. Damages likely to be in excess of £1million. 

Inquests -  Ciceley has acted in a number of natural causes prison death cases where medical causation was in issue. Through her prison work in particular, she has a firm understanding of emergency procedures and personnel.

Cicely also acted for the MOD in an inquest concerning prescription of Lariam (anti-malarial) to an officer with PTSD. The issue at the Pre-Inquest Review was whether there was sufficient evidence of causation for the issue to be included within the scope of the inquest. Cicely successfully argued there was not.