Police Law Update – Issue 46

1 March 2022

Police Law Update, edited by Charlotte Ventham and Alex Ustych, covers key issues and developments in police law and summaries of recent cases. 
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In this issue:

Francesca Whitelaw provides an update on the legal ramifications of the use of live facial recognition technology following her appearance (with Jason Beer QC) in the Court of Appeal in Bridges.

Anne Studd QC reflects on the Article 2 duties arising for the police in the investigation of deaths in the light of the recent judicial review challenge to a coroner’s ruling in Skelton (in which Emma Price represented Sussex Police)

Bobby Talalay reports on the current position in respect of the retention of criminal records data and police vetting, following another in his increasingly long line of police data retention cases

Barney Branston explains the regime and applicable criteria for forfeiting an officer’s pension where they have been convicted of an offence committed in connection with their service as a police officer.

Robert Cohen’s provides a helpful guide to defending defamation cases, an increasingly popular species of claim being advanced against the police.

Finally, we bring you the usual case law update complied by Saara Idelbi, David Messling, Sarah Dobbie and Conor Monighan.


Anne Studd KC

Call 1988 | Silk 2012

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

David Messling

Call 2017

Conor Monighan

Call 2019


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