5 Essex Court

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Police Law

Jonathan acts on behalf of constabularies across the country in cases touching upon all aspects of police law.  Recent and current cases include civil actions (including claims for misfeasance, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment, personal injury and employment claims), judicial reviews, inquests and inquiries.

Jonathan has considerable experience in advising chief officers on policy and operational matters providing timely, practical advice often in high-profile, sensitive and complex cases (including Operations Yewtree and Weeting).  He has a particular interest and experience in cases touching upon matters of national security, having acted in cases concerning Closed Material Procedures and appeals to the Security Vetting and Appeals Panel (SVAP).

Recent or significant cases include:

Various Claimants v. Various Chief Officers: acting on behalf of various police forces in claims for overtime payments arising from the decision in Allard v. Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary [2015] EWCA Civ 42.

News Group Newspapers Ltd; Newton Dunn et al v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKIPTrib 14_176-H and [2016] UKIPTrib 14_176-H: acted on behalf of the respondent in four complaints to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal by the publisher of The Sun Newspaper, its Political Editor (Tom Newton Dunn), Chief Political Correspondent (Craig Woodhouse) and journalist (Anthony France).  The complaints arose from the MPS investigation into ‘Plebgate’.

News UK and Ireland Ltd v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: instructed by the defendant in proceedings issued in the Chancery Division for the return of evidence obtained by the MPS during its ‘phone hacking’ investigations.

R (L) v. Chief Constable of Kent Police [2014] EWHC 463 (Admin): judicial review concerning Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates.

Various Claimants v. News Group Newspapers Ltd. and Others  ([2012] EWHC 2692 (Ch); [2013] EWHC 2119 (Ch) and others): instructed on behalf of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in relation to various aspects of the MPS’ investigations into ‘phone hacking’ including the civil claims brought by hundreds of individuals against the publishers of the News of the World, The Sun and the Sunday Mirror newspapers.