Recent judgments have major implications for blue light services

Robinson v West Yorkshire Police

The Supreme Court has held that police do owe a duty of care to others to avoid causing personal injury by positive acts, even in the discharge to their core policing functions. This is a landmark decision clarifying the law of negligence.

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Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v DSD & another

The recognition of serious operational failures by police in the investigations of offences can give risk to breach of Article 3. Obvious and significant shortcomings and serious failings are likely to support successful challenges to police failings in the investigation of qualifying crimes and lead to an increase in the number of prospective claims.

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