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Ian Skelt acts for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in Supreme Court civil liability case

8th February 2018


Judgment was handed down this morning in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2018] UKSC 4. Finding for the appellant, the Supreme Court has made highly significant inroads into the well-established principle that the police cannot be sued in negligence save in exceptional circumstances as a result of alleged failures in their core operational duties.

The case reviews the law on the civil liability of the police but has wider significance, in particular for public bodies.

Ian Skelt was instructed by Victoria Clegg from the Force Solicitors Office, West Yorkshire Police and was led by Jeremy Johnson QC.

Please click here for the judgment and here for an analysis of the decision on our UK Police Law Blog.


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