Stephen Morley

Call 1996

Stephen Morley | Call 1996

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Overview

Stephen regularly acts for Chief Constables at inquests around the country and is particularly well known as a firm but sensitive advocate who understands the issues faced by police officers and Chief Constables at inquests. He is a specialist police law practitioner who has been acting for and advising police forces around the country for twenty years.

Inquests & Inquiries

Stephen acted for the West Midlands Police at the inquest into the death in custody of Lee Mayne.

“Stephen Morley’s client care skills are exceptional, with sources praising him for his accessibility and for the comprehensible and pragmatic advice he gives to lay clients.”
Chambers & Partners

experience & expertise

Described as “very knowledgeable, thorough, robust and effective” in the Legal 500, Stephen has a wide experience of representing Chief Constables and individual officers at inquests. He has acted in cases involving deaths in custody, deaths following restraint, positional asphyxia, excited deliriums and road traffic collisions.

Recently he acted for the Essex Police at the inquest into the death of Peter Kirkwood, who took his own life in prison following an extended period of police detention; and the West Midlands Police at the inquest into the death in custody of Lee Mayne, who died following alcohol withdrawal. He also represented the Sussex Police at the inquest into the death of Sharon McLaughlin who died in custody. Click here to read more.

Chambers and Partners notes that Stephen is regularly instructed on Article 2-related inquests. Very responsive with queries, he has superb attention to detail and marshals things expertly. Thorough, quick and incredibly helpful, he saves time and future costs and is very accessible.” 

cases & work of note

  • Stephen is currently acting for the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset in the inquest into the death of Robert Cox.
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  • Stephen acted for the Chief Constable of Northampton in the 4 week inquest into the death of Mavis Clift.
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