Chanel Dolcy is a solicitor in our police law team specialising in actions against the police and other state bodies within the criminal justice system.
Chanel has acted in cases covering a wide range of issues relating to claims against the police including discrimination, assault and battery, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and unlawful disclosure/retention of personal data. Chanel has also acted for a number of bereaved families following deaths in prison or police custody by representing them at the inquests and in subsequent damages claims.
Chanel has a longstanding interest in representing victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault who have been failed by the investigative process and she has developed a specialist caseload in this area. Chanel also has a particular interest in representing women and young people who are mistreated within the criminal justice and immigration system. She has achieved a number of successful outcomes against the police and the CPS in relation to inadequate and discriminatory investigations/prosecutions.
Prior to joining Bhatt Murphy in February 2016, Chanel worked for four years as a solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn. She completed her legal training at Solace Women's Aid and Birnberg Pierce and Partners.
Chanel is a member of the Police Actions Lawyers Group and the Inquest Lawyers Group.
Notable cases in which Chanel has acted include:
HBT v Thurrock Council (2014)
Civil claim for a mother and son settled for £20,000 who alleged discrimination based on sex and disability respectively as well as a breach of the Data Protection Act.
TS v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (2013) Settlement secured in civil claim under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 where the police failed to adequately investigate allegations of rape.
MK v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (2013)
Civil claim settled for £30,000 with a written apology for a woman who claimed she had been the victim of assault, false imprisonment and race discrimination.
Inquest into death of RE (2013)
Represented the family of a man in which the jury found that his death was due to inadequate care whilst in police custody.
Inquest into the death of DL (2012)
Represented the family of a young man who died in prison custody in which the jury found that ten individual failings by the prison officers and medical services contributed to his death.
CC v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (2011)
Secured a reinvestigation of a complaint of rape by the police which had initially been NFA'd. The reinvestigation resulted in the alleged perpetrator being charged and standing trial.