Carolynn Gallwey is a partner in our police law department, and has been with Bhatt Murphy since 2001. Over that time she has developed a specialist practice in civil actions and complaints against police, and in inquests arising from deaths in police and/or prison custody.
Carolynn’s private law caseload has covered the full spread of cases involving malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault, negligence, discrimination, breaches of the Human Rights Act, data breaches and deaths in custody. She also acts for individuals in complaints against police and appeals to the IPCC and in public law proceedings arising from her private law and police complaints caseload.
In addition, Carolynn continues to represent the families of those who have lost their lives in police and prison custody. She is very experienced in custodial death inquests, with a particular expertise in restraint-related deaths. She has made extensive representations to Coroners, the IPCC, the police and Prisons and Probation Ombudsman with a view to protecting and promoting her clients’ entitlements under the Human Rights Act in particular. She has also secured the first Crown Censure of the Prison Service in a death in prison custody, for failing to maintain a safe environment for vulnerable prisoners.
She is a member of the Inquest Lawyers Group and the Police Action Lawyers Group.
Civil cases brought to a successful conclusion by Carolynn include:
• With other solicitors at the firm, two separate large-scale group actions on behalf of opiate dependent prisoners who were denied appropriate treatment.
• A claim predominantly in negligence against the police arising out of the abduction of a child by his father which settled out of court for substantial damages.
• A claim against police for misfeasance in public office and breaches of the HRA arising from a failure over many years to investigate a stalker, which settled for a substantial sum.
• A claim for assault, malicious procurement of a search warrant and false imprisonment, which went to a full trial and concluded in the Claimant’s favour.
• Numerous claims against police for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution which have settled out of court for sums between £12,000 and £50,000.
• A free-standing HRA claim for breach of Article 3 in a case where a police officer had sabotaged a criminal investigation, and which settled for £10,000.
• Claims under the DPA for false imprisonment, settling for between £8,000 and £9,000.
• A number of claims for false imprisonment by the Immigration Service, which have settled for between £5,000 and £32,000.
• A miscarriage of justice case which concluded with an award of around £1m to the Claimant.