Our popular bulletins and events will keep you abreast of the latest legal developments.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Speakers included Simon Evans, Peter Bennett, Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC.

This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to fixed costs and the admissibility of covert recording evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ and apportioning liability for speeding.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Simon Evans considered the impact of the Civil Liability Act 2018, Peter Bennett provided a regulatory update and Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC, discussed recent developments following CN v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25.

Our monthly review of developments in the insurance and public sector. This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to the fixed costs regime and the admissibility of covert recordings as evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the necessity for bespoke life expectancy evidence, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ where a vehicle had been parked in a private garage which caught fire and apportioning liability for speeding.

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Areas of Expertise

About Melanie

Melanie specialises in the defence of actions against the police and social services departments.

 

Melanie defends public liability and employers' liability for police forces and has been involved in a number of high profile cases representing clients in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the former House of Lords. Melanie deals with claims for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and misfeasance, Human Rights Act breaches and accidents in the workplace as well as motor claims and is regularly recognised as a leading figure in the area of police law in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

 

Melanie also deals with complex claims against social services departments for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect and Human Rights Act challenges.

 

Melanie represents insurers in more complex litigation and has experience of dealing with claims in respect of care homes, deprivation of liberty and personal injury claims relating to the provision of care.

Legal Commendations

"Melanie Standley really understands her clients’ aims and provides a high-quality service to a myriad of police forces in claims brought against them."

 

Legal 500, 2019

 

"Melanie Standley handles a range of public liability and employers' liability claims for a number of police forces. Sources highlight her meticulous preparation and efficient approach as notable assets."

 

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Notable Cases

Howarth v Chief Constable of Gwent Police EWHC 2836 QB) [2011]: the subjective and objective tests in cases of malicious prosecution

Robert Edward Seal v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2007] UKHL 32, House of Lords and ECHR 50330/07: whether a failure to obtain leave under s139(2) Mental Health Act 1983 renders subsequent proceedings a nullity

Michael O'Brien v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2005] 2 AC 534, House of Lords: similar fact evidence in civil proceedings

Janet Leach v Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary [1999] 1 WLR 1421, Court of Appeal: whether a duty of care was owed by the police to an appropriate adult in a notorious multiple murder investigation

Mark Anthony Sacco v Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary and others [1998] EWCA Civ 843, Court of Appeal: extent of the duty of care owed in the transportation of detained persons