Police officer representation

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 2023
    “Adam Smith possesses a wealth of expertise in defending clients facing GDC, GMC and HCPC investigations into allegations of inappropriate behaviour, dishonesty and sexual assault. He is also noted for his representation of police officers facing claims of misconduct.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “He is a super solicitor – he’s incredibly organised and has a very calm manner with clients and litigation. His drafting and communication skills are excellent.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “The tireless and very clever Katherine Sheldrick is highly recommended for any person facing professional discipline proceedings, and has been a first choice for many for several years.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “Katherine Sheldrick is outstanding; a master of the fine detail.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “‘Hempsons’ team is committed to its clients, hardworking, knowledgeable, and empathetic to clients’ needs.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “Tania Francis is a qualified doctor and brings an invaluable perspective to any defence team.”