Carolynn Gallwey is a partner in our police law department, and has been with Bhatt Murphy since 2001. She specialises in civil actions and complaints against police, and in inquests arising from deaths in police, prison and mental health detention.
She has developed a particular expertise in restraint related deaths, with experience spanning the inquest into the death of Roger Sylvester in 2003 to the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell in 2015, over which time key issues have emerged about the dangers of restraint. With colleagues, Carolynn has sought to share the benefit of this experience in an effort to stem the tide of restraint related deaths: she sits on the INQUEST Lawyers Group Steering Group, contributed to the Mental Health and Restraint Reference Group chaired by Lord Carlisle and has spoken at seminars and conferences on the subject. She has also lobbied the IPCC in the context of individual cases in hopes of an improvement in the service they provide to bereaved families.
Carolynn secured the first Crown Censure of the Prison Service following a death in prison custody, for failing to maintain a safe environment for vulnerable prisoners, and recently saw the successful HSE prosecution of an NHS Trust for similar failures in respect of mentally unwell patients.
She continues to represent individuals in private law claims and in complaints arising from malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault, negligence, discrimination, breaches of the Human Rights Act, data breaches and deaths in custody. She has secured out of court settlements and judgements for her clients for damages ranging from several thousand pounds to more than a million pounds, as well as the agreement of important non-financial settlement terms.
Carolynn has also seen an increase in referrals to the CPS arising from her caseload, and in prosecutions of officers implicated in the cases in which she is instructed, on charges of ABH, common assault, public order offences, misconduct in public office, and perjury.
With colleagues, she regularly delivers training through the Legal Action Group.