One ITL, the Chambers of Marion Smullen, are delighted to announce that with effect from 1st January 2017 we will be merging with the Chambers of William Mousley QC at 2 Kings Bench Walk.
Accountability in public office often means that a police officer's career can be in jeopardy. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is a body which handles police complaints. In April 2006, the IPCC's remit was extended to include serious complaints relating to staff at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). February 2008 saw its jurisdiction extended further to include serious complaints and conduct matters relating to officers and officials at the UK Border Agency. This is a clear indication that professional standards are to be maintained and those in authority are to be held to account.
Over many years Chambers has provided legal advice and representation for police officers facing misconduct proceedings and/or criminal charges. As leading criminal practitioners we are able to bring our experience of criminal procedure and advocacy together with our understanding of the pressure and difficulties often faced by the police to provide a profession and thorough service.
We have been instructed in various high profile cases throughout the country including Marion Smullen and Kerim Fuad QC being instructed in "the largest investigation into police corruption ever supervised by The Police Complaints Authority" arising from Operation Lancet.
It is crucial that those officers facing disciplinary proceedings seek comprehensive legal advice at the earliest opportunity; members of Chambers are happy to provide initial advice in writing or in conference.
We accept instructions from solicitors, public bodies and via public access.