Actions against Public Authorities
Our team are highly specialised in gaining legal recourse where a member of the public has been mistreated by a Public Authority:
Public authorities undertake a variety of functions that could potentially give rise to public liability, and therefore public authorities have a duty of care to the public. If a public authority does anything to breach this duty of care and is negligent to the public as a result, it is possible to bring a claim against them.
Public authorities can include, but are not limited to:
- Courts and Tribunal Services
- Crown Prosecution Services
- Social Services
- Local authorities
- Housing Associations
- NHS bodies / Emergency Services
- Ministry of Justice & Defence
- Central Government
- Immigration Detention Centres
- Private companies
- Inquests – Death in custody / other deaths
It can be daunting and intimidating bringing a claim against any local authority, and many will adopt tactics to delay the process, or overcomplicate it in the hope you will give up. This is why it is incredibly important to have a dedicated solicitor by your side to help you through the legal process. Our solicitors are tenacious and knowledgeable, and able to assist you in receiving justice for the local authorities’ misuse of power, and support you through your claim in any way possible.
What can you claim for?
The courts are cautious to award damages against a public authority for breach of public law rights, they consider public authorities should be free to carry out their duties in the public interest, without fear of being sued, and if it is established their conduct does not meet the high standard expected from them, they should have a process in place to deal with this. Even so, typical cases we can bring against them are:
- Unlawful arrest / detention / false imprisonment
- Assault and Battery
- Stop and Search / Personal Searches
- Use of force
- Misfeasance in a public office
- Malicious prosecutions
- Trespass to Land
- Breach of Human rights
- Judicial Review
Funding your case:
Most people are concerned about the legal costs of claims against large corporations or institutions. We’ll undertake an assessment with you, of your personal finances and agree a fixed fee for our services in advance of taking the case. If you receive benefits or have a low income, you may qualify for legal aid.
At Watson Woodhouse, our dedicated solicitors will discuss any questions you may have and explain the process to you in a way that is easy to understand, we always seek the best possible outcome for you.