5 Essex Court

David Messling

Call 2017

Police Law

David regularly appears in the Crown, County and Magistrates’ Courts on civil applications by the police in relation to a wide range of operational policing matters. These include stalking protection orders, domestic violence protection orders, sexual offender behaviour orders, closure orders, gang injunctions, and slavery and trafficking orders. David is also frequently instructed in applications for civil forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. 

He represents police forces in family proceedings in the County Court and the High Court, including in relation to disclosure of information and on applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders.

David has acted as independent counsel for LPP sifts in multiple ongoing criminal investigations, and frequently provides police forces with advice on operational queries.

David also has experience of defending claims for judicial review and claims arising under the Police (Property) Act 1897. He has also acted for police forces and for the IOPC in civil claims alleging negligence and malicious prosecution.