Jack Shirlaw

Jack Shirlaw


Jack Shirlaw

- Solicitor

Jack is a solicitor in the firm’s Public Inquiries team, and also assists with claims handled by the firm’s Human Rights team. Jack works with clients who have suffered injustice and harm at the hands of the state, and is committed to fighting for access to the courts for those most in need.

Jack joined Saunders Law in September 2018, and has since then completed a training contract with the firm before qualifying as a solicitor. During his time at the firm, he has built a wealth of experience in a number of areas including:

  • Civil claims against the police for assault, misfeasance, false imprisonment, discrimination, unlawful handling of data and under the Human Rights Act 1998;
  • Civil claims following the unlawful and excessive use of Conducted Energy Devices (“Taser”) by the police;
  • Complaints against the police following discrimination and false imprisonment;
  • Assisting clients through police misconduct procedures;
  • Victims Rights to Review challenges against decisions made by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, particularly in relation to failures to investigate rape and sexual offences;
  • Group Litigation such as the Hillsborough Victims’ Misfeasance Litigation;
  • Public Inquiries, such as the Infected Blood Inquiry and the UK Covid-19 Inquiry;
  • Judicial Review challenges, particularly in relation to police failures to investigate rape;
  • Inquests into deaths in police custody.

Jack is the convenor for the Police Action Lawyers Group, a national body of lawyers working on behalf of complainants against the police to defend civil liberties and preserve access to the courts for victims of police and state wrongdoing. Jack is also a member of the INQUEST lawyers group, which is comprised of lawyers representing bereaved families at inquests and pursues coronial reform. Jack also maintains membership of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers group.

Prior to joining the firm, Jack graduated from Queen Mary, University of London before attaining Distinctions in the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Jack previously worked with a local authority to provide support to young people in custody and has pursued a range of other community social justice activities.