Paul Parsons

Paul joined in November 2020. With a background in criminal legal aid, Paul’s work for the past 22 years has concentrated mainly on police officers and The Police Federation of England & Wales. Paul works now almost exclusively in the area of police law.

Between 1998-2000 Paul was part of the team that worked on the anti corruption investigation in the Metropolitan Police under the codename ‘Operation Russia’. Ten years later he was also in the new team that convinced The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to send the case to the The Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal quashed the conviction and sent the case for retrial to the central criminal court where the two appellants were successful.

Police Federation

Paul now defends officers facing internal disciplinary and criminal allegations. He provides a bespoke service from investigation stage, by attending at the police station in criminal cases either upon arrest or voluntarily, through to gross misconduct tribunal, and if necessary police appeals tribunal (PAT) stage, and special case hearings. Alternatively, in the case of a criminal trial in the magistrates court or the crown court, Paul prepares the case for counsel. He is also instructed, by virtue of major incident call outs, in inquest proceedings.

Paul has long standing relationships with The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) both at national and claims level and with the joint branch boards across the Thames valley and the metropolitan and south east areas and beyond.

A recent client who Paul advised and then represented via counsel to a successful conclusion at a gross misconduct tribunal stated: “I wanted to thank you for all that you did for me during my case…. You gave me support and encouragement to carry on and I am thankful for the patience you showed to me. I know how hard you worked behind the scenes and it wasn’t always easy…This result is so important as I can walk away with my head held high. Thank you!”


  • 2018 Attendance at one week residential course run by PFOA (Police Firearms Officers Association) on Post Incident Management Procedures
  • 1997 Police Station Accreditation
  • 1990-1992 Post Graduate Diploma in Law. (CPE) Brighton University
  • 1978-1981 BA (Hons) Cambridge University

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Hempsons assist police officer to retain his job following Operation Focus

Earlier today our client PC Andrew Ferguson was one of six officers to appear for sanction to be determined in the proceedings phase of Operation Focus, an investigation which commenced in April 2018 with the covert monitoring of SOCU (Serious and Organized Crime Unit) North, in Hampshire, following complaints of racist, sexist and homophobic behaviour.

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