Phoenix Law is one of the few practices in Ireland with a specialised department in actions against the Police. This specialism is born out of experience of litigating against those in authority to ensure accountability for actions such as wrongful arrest and unlawful detention, misuse of police powers, and misfeasance whilst holding public office.
Since our foundation, and as part of our core values, it has been our ethos to protecting the rights of individuals from the abuse of power by state bodies and public authorities, which includes the Police.
We regularly advise our clients on complaints to the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) and the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC). We also act in ongoing large-scale group litigation in actions suing the police in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In recent times our team have acted in some of the most complex cases involving police law, such as the case of RE Sheridan involving the policy of recruitment of informers by the Police and Flynn v Chief Constable of the PSNI. In addition, we have and continue to act for a number of individuals who have successfully sued for damages as a result of the misuse of the Police Powers to stop and search.