Misconduct Defence for Police Officers

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Misconduct Defence for Police Officers

JMW has a team of established police lawyers who have unique and unparalleled experience in representing police officers throughout the UK and abroad. The team are available 24 hours a day to assist with both on and off-duty incidents in order to protect officers’ best interests whenever they find themselves in need of advice and assistance.

The team is made up of experienced specialist Police Federation solicitors and ex-police officers and is headed by Ian Lewis, who alone has over 25 years of experience as the sole appointed solicitor to the Police Superintendents Association.

For Police Federation legal advice, call us on 0345 872 666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will return your call at a time convenient for you.

How JMW Can Help

Our team offers advice and representation for police officers who have been accused of misconduct, including:

  • Criminal and misconduct investigations
  • Post-incident procedures and police contact deaths
  • Inquests and inquiries
  • Reputational management issues
  • Allegations of unlawful arrest
  • Motoring defence
  • Employment
  • Family law issues and divorce
  • Personal injury
  • Probate

JMW also offers seminars and training sessions for Police Federations, Associations and Panels of Friends. Seminars can take place at our offices or at any other location convenient to the organisation and attendees. Please contact us for further information.

For officers of all ranks, the publicity of proceedings can only lead to further stress and resentment. We have had years of experience in reputational management issues, and provide leading advice on how best to manage publicity and counter potential abuse that may result from it.

JMW aim to help guide officers through criminal and misconduct proceedings. We offer:

  • Pre-interview advice
  • Advice in respect of challenging restrictions/suspensions
  • Attendance at interviews under caution for potential criminal and misconduct proceedings
  • Advice upon service of regulation notices
  • Advice and representation at misconduct tribunals
  • Advice on Appeals
  • Advice and assistance at post-incident procedures
  • Advice and assistance at inquiries and inquests
  • 24-hour helpline

Notable Cases

JMW’s solicitors for police officers are experienced and familiar with high and low-profile cases alike; the team are currently representing the Match Commander involved in the Hillsborough tragedy, together with other senior figures included in the criminal proceedings before the Crown Court.

Other key cases where the team have advised and represented Police Officers can be seen below:


  • Marchioness
  • Stephen Lawrence/MacPherson
  • Victoria Climbie
  • Deepcut
  • Jersey Care
  • Daniel Morgan
  • Goddard


  • Lancet
  • Helios
  • Midland
  • Elveden
  • Ellison
  • Conifer
  • White/Moucher


  • Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed
  • Hillsborough

General Crime

  • Misconduct in Public Office
  • Perverting the Course of Justice
  • Officers accused of assault/use of excessive force
  • Dishonesty
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour ranging from historic and present serious sexual offences to harassment

These are just some of the high-profile cases we have worked on - we also have experience dealing with day-to-day cases, and we will assess and consider your situation with equal focus. We have represented many police officers, proving ourselves a strong asset to the police federation. UK police discipline regulations can be a complicated aspect of the law, and we stay ahead of the curb by maintaining and updating our understanding of them.

Why Choose JMW?

For all officers who are subject to an investigation, whether it be criminal or misconduct, it can be a stressful experience. It is not uncommon to feel resentment toward a service that you have been committed to and proud of for some time up. We are aware of those concerns and, whilst not acting as Welfare, are conscious of those concerns and will do everything we can to ensure that the integrity of the officer is protected at all times. We cannot direct the investigation, but we can guarantee that any officer subject to instigation will be treated with dignity, professionalism and respect throughout.

JMW has been recognised as one of the top firms in the country by the Legal 500, and our successes in misconduct defence have helped us to achieve this. You can read more about our success stories here.

Talk to Us

If you require legal assistance with any police matters, please contact us to discuss your circumstances with a member of the team. Call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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