Police officer representation

Simon Eastwood

Senior Consultant & LEAD CONTACT
  • London
  • Professional Discipline; Regulatory; Sports Law; Employment
  • 020 7484 7594
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Hempsons is on the Police Federation’s panel of legal services providers

Consistent with our ethos of representing individuals, we act for individual police officers, whether Federation or otherwise funded. We will vigorously defend police officers of all ranks throughout gross misconduct investigations or criminal proceedings (including at interviews), provide representation during post-incident procedures and have extensive expertise in inquests and employment proceedings.

We offer a bespoke service (in conjunction with the Federation rep) to guide and support officers through what we know can be a daunting, stressful, intimidating and lengthy process.

Misconduct/gross misconduct investigations

As a leading firm in regulatory defence, our team of defence solicitors offers representation to police officers facing allegations of misconduct or gross misconduct, including where investigations are undertaken by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). We work closely with the officer and Federation rep to analyse the case and advise as to the way forward at an early stage. We can advise on Regulation 15 Notices, draft Regulation 16 responses and remain involved to support and provide robust representation, where necessary through to a gross misconduct hearing. If matters proceed to a hearing, we have strong relationships with exceptional barristers in this field.

Criminal investigations

Hempsons’ criminal defence solicitors have years of experience of defending a wide range of individuals facing criminal investigations, and we offer the same high-quality service to police officers. We can assist with all manner of allegations, whether they occurred on or off duty, from allegations such as common assault and road traffic incidents to serious incidents such as shootings or dishonesty-related offences. We offer initial advice and representation at police interviews and, where necessary, representation all the way to trial, working in conjunction with experienced criminal barristers.


It is not uncommon for police officers to have to attend an inquest related to an operational incident. Hempsons’ team of solicitors has a great deal of experience and expertise in representing clients both at and in preparation for inquests. Whether you are attending as an Interested Person or just as a factual witness, we are well aware of the potential ramifications of evidence given at an inquest and we will manage the proceedings insofar as possible to protect your interests, always mindful of the sensitive nature of inquests and that they can be a distressing, difficult process for those involved. We are able to assist from start to finish, commencing with preparation of a written statement for the Coroner if that has not already been done. Thereafter, we will attend pre-inquest reviews and represent you at the inquest itself. We often perform the advocacy at these hearings, but where necessary we are able to instruct high quality counsel.


Our employment solicitors offer support, guidance and advice to police officers experiencing work-related problems. We are able to assist with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Racial discrimination
  • Sexual discrimination
  • Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
  • Discrimination on grounds of religion
  • Age discrimination
  • Pay-related disputes
  • Whistleblowing
  • Breach of contract
  • Pensions issues

We recognise the long-lasting financial, emotional and reputational impact employment issues can have on the officer concerned, and always strive to achieve the best possible outcome for each client in the most pragmatic and cost-effective way.

If you are a police officer facing any of these issues, contact us today to receive the advice, support and guidance you need.

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  • Chambers UK 2016
    “[Adam is]praised for his “all-round ability.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[Adam is] a real thinker... If you have a problem case, he can find a way to tackle it.”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s unflappable, calm and level-headed. He’s good at managing the stress of the client.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “I would describe him as being great in a case analysis – he has a very intellectual, careful and cautious approach, and he is great at determining strategy.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Very astute, switched-on and practical.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “My sincere thanks to Adam Smith and team, who rose above the call of duty to help me successfully pull through my most stressful and darkest hour, with them you are not only in safe hands but experts as well.”
  • Client following HCPC hearing 2020
    “Adam you smashed it out the Park, when the panel retired I knew it would be a good result... No stone unturned.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “I am very grateful for your support and professionalism throughout, which made a potentially traumatic and stressful experience considerably less so.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “I cannot thank you enough for your empathic and brilliant defence by you and the team…Adam, thanks a lot as I realise you orchestrated everything with an astute thoroughness.”
  • Dental Client 2020
    “I cannot begin to describe how reassured I was by your handling of the case at all times. I was extremely lucky, as I had the best possible legal team and I am fully aware of that…I am thoroughly indebted to you for going that extra mile on my behalf.”
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    ““[Simon is] a vigorous and effective advocate” who is “very able and thorough.” “He continues to be highly regarded for his representation of healthcare practitioners."”
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    “[Simon has] robust advice combined with tactical awareness and a good client manner. He is well regarded in the marketplace for his representation of medical professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s very experienced and knows the regulation of medical professionals inside out. He’s very thorough and very knowledgeable.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Simon Eastwood is a standout lawyer who is well known for defending healthcare professionals before the GDC and GMC. Sources say: “He is hugely experienced. What he doesn’t know about regulatory work isn’t worth knowing.”
  • 2016
    “Friendly, unpretentious and prepared to work hard to achieve results.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[He is] ‘a very astute and thoughtful tactician’ with sources commending his ability to ‘identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”
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    “[Stephen is]…very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts”
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    “He is very loyal to his clients, very tenacious and absolutely dedicated.”
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    “[Stephen Hooper] asks the right questions and takes a systematic approach.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “My very sincere thanks to you for your calm and reasoned approach, your thoroughness and prompt communications. You made a distressing episode considerably more manageable.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Just a brief note to say a very big thank you for all of your highly professional and skilled advice during the last 5 months not forgetting the day of the inquest itself….Many thanks once again for your excellent and superb service.”
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    “Thank you for your support that has gone at times also beyond the strictly professional boundaries to act both as a friend and a legal counsellor.”
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    “We have found Stephen to be approachable, reassuring, supportive, appropriately direct, thorough, to have offered wise counsel and to have dealt with our insecurities and concerns with patience and care no matter how irrational – and as GPs we know how irrational people’s concerns can be. We thought you should know how grateful we are that he was assigned to us.”
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    “I wanted to say a big thank you for all your help during the case. Your help during that difficult time was so vital for me getting back on the course and getting to where I am now.”
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    “Stephen is described as] an ‘imaginative’ associate with a ‘refreshing approach to legal problems.”
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    “Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable.”
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    “Huge commitment and passion for the job without being unrealistic about what can be achieved... [He is] entirely straightforward, and he fights very hard for his client. He’s the ideal solicitor.”
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    “The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."”
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    “Just a big thank you for all of your help, support, advice and guidance over the last 2 years. I was delighted to receive the news that the GMC will be closing their investigation with no further action. I am grateful to you. In you I had the best defence team. Surjit – you are an excellent, caring, compassionate and very supportive solicitor and simply the best. I would recommend you to anyone.”
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