5 Essex Court

John Goss

Call 2015

Police Law

John appears in the Crown, County and Magistrates’ Courts on civil applications by the police relating to anti-social behavior, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, orders under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, gang violence, domestic violence, football hooliganism and dangerous dogs.

He has particular experience in cash 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 also regularly appears for police forces to resist appeals against refusal to remove notification requirements under the 2003 Act.

John also represents police forces defending claims brought in the High Court and County Court. This has included advising, drafting pleadings, and appearing in trials of actions against the police, especially in relation to property, as well as strike out/summary judgment applications in negligence, human rights and malfeasance claims, and CCMCs and other interim hearings in larger multi-track claims. He also appeared on behalf of a police force in the High Court to resist an injunction application brought by individuals within witness protection.

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.