Category Archives: Legal

Inquiry Progress Report 2 published

We are pleased to publish our second progress report on the Undercover Policing Inquiry. At the moment, the Inquiry is in its preliminary phase, and the participants are experiencing the Inquiry as extensive legal arguments between their lawyers and the Inquiry team, conducted mostly via email.  Hearings and the taking of evidence are delayed and […]

Helen Steel issues statement as former partner confirmed as undercover officer

PRESS RELEASE for immediate release Undercover Policing Inquiry has named John Dines as an undercover police officer Helen Steel has issued a statement in response. It is contained here The Undercover Policing Inquiry (1) has named John Dines as an undercover police officer (2), the third officer confirmed in recent weeks (3). John Dines was […]

Public Inquiry Progress Briefing

We have written a Progress Briefing on the Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Below is the introduction, written by Harriet Wistrich, Solicitor for the Eight Women Case. The briefing is downloadable here: Inquiry Progress Nov16. When the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced in parliament on 6 March 2014 that she was persuaded of the need […]

New undercover guidelines contain absurd get-out-clause

The College of Policing published a draft ‘Authorised Professional Practice’ for Undercover Police. This is the first time that such Guidelines have been published, and it is welcome as previously the world of undercover policing has been completely opaque. It should be recognised, however, that  they have been forced to publish it by huge pressure […]

Police continue to stall in Undercover relationships case

On Tuesday 7th June, a legal case over undercover police relationships was in the High Court. It was the latest battle in a four year campaign to hold the police to account, and in it the police continued to try to stall these civil proceedings and avoid disclosing evidence. The claimants, two women and a […]