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:

R (Officer W80) v Director General of the Independent Office for Police Conduct [2019] EWHC 2215 (Admin) - instructed on behalf of Officer W80 (an Authorised Firearms Officer) in his successful challenge of the IOPC’s interpretation of the law of self-defence in police misconduct proceedings.

Police Overtime Claims Litigation - representing almost every police force in England and Wales in a series of claims for allowances and payments arising from the decision in Allard v Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary [2015] EWCA Civ 42.

Re: Special Police Services - advising a police force on the ability to charge for the policing of football matches and other special events.

AR v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis - represented the Commissioner in a claim for wrongful arrest and unlawful detention during the course of Operation Elveden (an investigation into corrupt payments to police officers and others by journalists).

News Group Newspapers Ltd 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’ ‘Plebgate’ investigation.

RE v National Crime Agency - acting for the NCA in a long-running personal injury claim brought by an Authorised Firearms Officer.

R (Birks) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] ICR 204 - instructed on behalf of the MPS in a judicial review challenging the suspension of an officer and thereby preventing his retirement.

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 [2013] EWHC 2119 (Ch); [2014] 2 WLR 756 - 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.