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Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips is a solicitor in our police law department specialising in civil actions and complaints against the police. She also represents the families of those who have died in police and prison custody.

Megan's caseload has a particular emphasis on claims where the police officers concerned have gone on to face disciplinary or criminal proceedings. Megan is able to draw extensively on her background in criminal law, and her knowledge of the police complaints process, in order to enable her clients in these proceedings to play an active and effective role, and to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

In addition, Megan has a full and varied caseload of civil claims against the police. She has been instructed in claims alleging racial discrimination, a number of public order matters, and also claims involving complex medical evidence.

She also represents the families of those who have died in police and prison custody, in which her objectives are to ensure that her clients are fully involved and that investigations into the death are as full and wide as possible.

Megan sits on the Steering Committee of the Inquest Lawyers Group and is the editor of the Inquest Law magazine. She is also a member of the Police Action Lawyers’ Group, Liberty, Young Legal Aid Lawyers’ Group and the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.

Megan joined Bhatt Murphy in October 2005. She started her training at Hickman & Rose in 2000 and qualified in 2003, prior to which she spent several years engaged in criminal defence work. She is as an accredited police station representative and has extensive experience of representing clients on a variety of criminal charges at the police station. Megan completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics in 1999. She worked as a volunteer Press and Campaigns Assistant at Liberty before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.

Megan’s notable cases include:

Mohidin & Khan v CPM [2015] EWHC 2740 (QB)
The High Court in this case upheld claims against the MPS brought by Omar Mohidin and Basil Khan finding that they were assaulted, falsely imprisoned and racially abused.
More detail can be found in the press release here. The full judgment is here.

CK v Commissioner of Police (2013)
Successful civil claim for false imprisonment, assault and battery and malicious prosecution on behalf of a young man who sustained serious physical and psychological injuries as result of events given rise to his claim, damages for which formed part of the substantial award. In tandem a proposed challenge to the outcome of CK’s formal police complaint by the Metropolitan Police resulted in the Independent Police Complaints Commission unusually agreeing to undertake a fresh independent investigation which resulted in recommendations that officers face misconduct proceedings.

RJ v Commissioner of Police (2013)
Resolution of a successful civil claim on behalf of a young man for false imprisonment, assault and battery and malicious prosecution arising out of 2 separate incidents connected by the involvement of the same officers.

JM and family v Commissioner of Police (2013)
Successful civil claim on behalf of a young man and his family who were subjected to a police raid at their home address, which contravened their rights under Article 8 of the ECHR. Damages were paid to the whole family and to JM who was also unlawfully arrested. The civil claim followed an investigation into their formal police complaint, which was upheld.

LH v Commissioner of Police (2013) Successful civil claim for assault settled following LH’s formal police complaint having been upheld and leading to gross misconduct proceedings against the officers accused of assault.

NS v Commissioner of Police (2013) Resolution of a civil claim on behalf of a young man whose claims included false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution and claims under Articles 3,5 and 8 of the ECHR arising out of numerous stops and searches by the Metropolitan police over a number of years.

The Edgware Road TSG prosecution
Megan acts for two of the young boys who became prosecution witnesses against a TSG serial accused of racially aggravated assault. Her legal work on behalf of the boys has included judicial review of decisions reached by the IPCC, several police complaints and ongoing private law litigation.

Mohammed Ali
Megan acted for Mr Ali who gave prosecution evidence against a Metropolitan police officer accused of racially aggravated assault and achieved a successful resolution of the related civil proceedings and a misconduct tribunal.

AY v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, December 2010 Achieved settlement in the sum of £15,000 in respect of claims for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution, following the IPCC having upheld client’s appeal against the outcome of her complaint against officers of the Metropolitan Police.

CZ v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, November 2010
Achieved settlement in the sum of £27,500 in respect of claims for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution, together with an apology.

AT v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, July 2010
Successful judicial review proceedings arising out of the administration of a caution.

KA v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, May 2010
Successful judicial review proceedings arising out of the administration of a caution to the client.
Subsequent representation when the officers involved in events faced misconduct proceedings in respect of breaches of the standards of professional behaviour, which resulted in one breach being found proven.

Subsequent further successful judicial review proceedings on behalf of client for breaches of the Data Protection Act arising out of events following the conclusion of the first judicial review proceedings.

Anonymous v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, September 2009
Achieved damages in the sum of £15,000 together with an admission of liability and apology for false imprisonment and assault following the officer facing misconduct proceedings at which breaches of the Code of Conduct were found proven.

Anonymous v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, September 2009
Achieved settlement of a civil claim on behalf of the family arising out of the death of their husband and father whilst in prison custody and in hospital.

Madalina Benson, deceased, July 2009
Inquest into the death of a young woman aged 29 years at Kettering General Hospital in November 2002 at which the Assistant Deputy Coroner for Northamptonshire concluded that the death was as a the result of a multi-faceted and multi-layered systemic failure involving staff at all levels.
Successful settlement of the civil claim achieving damages in excess of £100,000.

Anonymous v The Chief Constable of Kent Police, July 2009
A free-standing HRA claim for breach of article 8 on behalf of a couple and their 2 young children arising out of a police raid on their home which settled for £6,500, together with an apology.

Mohammed Ali v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, October 2008
Successful civil claim for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, which achieved damages in the sum of £20,000 following the prosecution of the officer involved for racially aggravated assault.

Anonymous v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, August 2008
Achieved damages of £14,000 in respect of claims for false imprisonment, assault, malicious process and racial discrimination including in relation to the manner in which the client’s police complaint had been investigated.
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