5 Essex Court

John Goss

Call 2015

Police Law

John advises and represents police forces defending damages claims brought in the High Court and County Court for false imprisonment, negligence, trespass to the person, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, and the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018.

He is currently instructed on substantial multi-track claims arising out of both arrests and stop and search. He has also appeared on behalf of a police force in the High Court to resist an injunction sought by individuals within witness protection. He has considerable experience in multi-track and fast-track claims, both at trial and interlocutory stages. He is regularly instructed for CCMCs, strike out/summary judgment applications and on other interim hearings.

John acts in police discipline cases, including both representing the Appropriate Authority in misconduct hearings and legal advising at Stage 3 UPP meetings. He regularly drafts Reg 21 notices, and advises on the conduct of misconduct investigations, hearings and appeals.

John also appears in the Crown, County and Magistrates’ Courts on civil applications by the police relating to anti-social behaviour, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, orders under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, gang violence, domestic violence, football hooliganism and dangerous dogs.

He has particular experience in cash and listed asset forfeiture proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and in Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, including in situations involving vulnerable witnesses or defendants. He has completed ICCA’s Vulnerable Witness Training.

In 2018, John advised on and appeared in a series of applications for injunctions to reduce gang-related violence linked to drill music. Many of the respondents were involved in very significant violence, up to and including serious risk to life.

He regularly appears in the Family Court and Court of Protection on behalf of police forces seeking or resisting disclosure of information. He also represents police forces in the Family Court on applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders relating to both capacity and coercion. He recently appeared in the Family Division of the High Court in relation to whether the police should fund Special Advocates in family proceedings.

He has an in-depth understanding of the Determinations relating to police pay and has advised on recoupment of overpayments made in respect of police injury pensions.