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Nia Williams

Nia represents those who have suffered injustice by the police, prison service and immigration authorities.

These include claims such as assault, false imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, breaches of the Human Rights Act and discrimination claims. She has obtained successful outcomes in numerous cases including awards of damages at settlement and in the High Court, and disciplinary action against officers.

Nia is currently instructed by family members of those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy in their claims against the police. She recently obtained damages for two women following unlawful strip searches in prison, and represented Anthony Crook in his successful claim against the Metropolitan Police in the High Court for breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act following publication of a "wanted" poster in the media.

Judicial Review

Nia uses her experience of this type of work to challenge the decisions of public bodies by way of Judicial Review. Her work in this area is wide ranging and includes challenging disciplinary decisions by education authorities and regulatory bodies, decisions of the IPCC regarding police complaints, the issue of cautions and other decisions by the police, decisions into funding by the Legal Aid Agency, and the retention of DNA and personal data by the police.

She represented Kevin Nunn in his landmark fight in the Supreme Court to obtain evidence for DNA testing to demonstrate his wrongful conviction which, although unsuccessful, set a precedent in relation to the duty of the CCRC to reinvestigate matters. She also represented an interested party in an application by the police to supress the publication of a report by the NHS that was critical of police failures in relation to her client.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Nia represents families and other interested parties at inquests. This includes deaths in custody, or where someone has died in suspicious or unknown circumstances. Her work in this area is wide ranging and has included deaths by suicide, restraint in custody, issues relating to the Mental Health Act, building site deaths, and health and safety inquiries. 

She represented Sky News into the death of Brenda Leyland and Laing O’Rourke into the death David Holloway at a building site. She is currently representing the family of Terry Smith who died following restraint in police custody, and the partner of Josh Pitt who was fatally shot by police. She represents Michael Mansfield QC in the Undercover Policing Inquiry in relation to being spied on whilst acting for the family for Stephen Lawrence, and another solicitor who was subjected to undercover operations in his work as a criminal defence solicitor.

Complex Civil Litigation

Nia represents clients in high value and complex civil litigation. This includes high value personal injury claims, clinical negligence and claims with an international element.

Nia is a legal aid supervisor and is able to act under public funding where available. She also acts under private funding and partial Conditional Fee Agreements.

Nia is listed in The Legal 500 for Administrative and Public Law, and Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and is ranked in Chambers and Partners for Police Law: Mainly Claimant.

"Practice head Nia Williams ‘truly cares about her clients’, standing out for her work with vulnerable clients in diverse mandates, including breaches to the Human Rights Act." The Legal 500 2018

"Head of department Nia Williams is widely respected for her experience in police law. She regularly acts on claims for discrimination, human rights breaches and false imprisonment." Chambers and Partners 2018

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