Tony Murphy

Tony is a partner at Bhatt Murphy specialising in securing accountability against state agents. His work has included representing bereaved families and other victims of state neglect in the first ever Art 2 ECHR challenge to the IPCC in this jurisdiction (R(Saunders & Tuckers), the first finding of a breach of Article 3 by the police (ZH v The Commissioner); and the first finding of a breach of Article 4 by the police on behalf of a number of survivors of human trafficking (OOO v The Commissioner of Police). He has been acknowledged as a leader in his field for over two decades. He is a specialist in inquest law, having intervened in the House of Lords in a number of seminal cases concerning the right to life on behalf of specialist NGOs (Van Colle, Savage).

Tony has an international practice and is currently part of a team of lawyers acting for the family of the assassinated Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia deceased. He acts for those who have lost the men, women and children who continue to meet their deaths in police stations, prisons and hospitals around the country and as a result of hate crime. Tony acted for the family of Bijan Ebrahimi deceased in securing the first finding of institutional racism since The Lawrence Inquiry and for the bereaved in The Anthony Grainger Inquiry, a landmark public inquiry into armed policing.

Tony is co-author of updates on police law published quarterly in the Legal Action Journal and teaches two police law courses a year for the Legal Action Group. He is an active member of Inquest Lawyers’ Group and Police Action Lawyers’ Group.
Like the rest of the team at Bhatt Murphy, Tony is active in trying to effect change in the policy arena on behalf of his clients and colleagues. This includes of late:
• Presenting to the Home Secretary regarding funding for families at inquests
• Co-presenting to the Ministry of Justice on advocacy standards at inquests

Tony has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for North London.




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Tony Murphy, photo Sarah Booker

Star individual, Police Law UK-wide

"He is one of the leading lights in police law." "He is the complete package: client care and case strategy." "He has a keen eye for significant evidential details."

Chambers & Partners Directory 2022

“..A market-leading expert on police neglect matters and death in custody cases, regularly supporting bereaved families in high-profile litigation… an incredible solicitor with a huge amount of specialist knowledge…”

“Our experience of working with Tony has been excellent. He is extremely professional, intelligent, diligent and a strategic thinker. He is responsive, thoughtful and compassionate in dealing with serious, complex and emotionally difficult cases”

Chambers & Partners Directory 2019







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