Kim Vernal

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Kim Vernal

Solicitor - Civil Litigation

Biography

Qualified

2002

Firm Trained With

Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

Languages Spoken

English

Profile

I am a solicitor in the Actions Against the Police Team. I qualified in 2002 and have since dedicated my practice to protecting human rights and civil liberties. I have brought numerous challenges against police forces across the country for assault and battery, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, discrimination and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998. I have achieved many successful outcomes for clients over the years.

I also have substantial experience in judicial review and inquests, and represent families of those who have died in police or prison custody or following contact with the police. Notable inquests include Rashan Charles, whose restraint related death was captured on CCTV - see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44551132.

I currently represent the bereaved families of Aston McLean, Jeffrey McIntyre and Lemar Stewart and I act for a Hillsborough survivor in a misfeasance claim.

I am also experienced in public inquiries and have acted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

I am involved in a variety of challenges and I am committed to assisting clients in protecting civil rights and liberties through the law.

Accreditations and Awards

  • Entry in the Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Administrative and Public Law sectors of the Legal 500 in 2017,
  • Member of the Police Actions Lawyers Group and Inquest Lawyers Group

Recent Successes

  • I am listed in the 2017 Legal 500 for my inquest representation of a bereaved family that resulted in a jury finding of missed, vital opportunities by the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service that could have saved the life of Faiza Ahmed, a young women with known suicidal tendencies and a history of mental health problems. See www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/06/faiza-ahmed-cries-for-help-missed-every-authority-simon-hattenstone
  • Successful judicial review challenge of the refusal of a Coroner to adjourn and hold an Article 2 inquest. I obtained an injunction postponing the hearing. The Coroner subsequently conceded that Article 2 was engaged and she should sit with a jury.
  • Damages award of £270,000 for the family of a man who died following contact with the police
  • A claim following a brutal assault by PC James Kiddie of the Metropolitan Police that was captured on CCTV

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