Beth Handley is an expert in public law and welcomes enquiries on a broad range of potential public law challenges. She also has more than fourteen years’ experience bringing civil claims against the police and the Ministry of Justice.
Chambers UK Guide 2017 reports that Beth is praised for her “very sound reason and judgement. She is a good strategist, detailed, thorough and personable”.
Chambers UK Guide 2016 remarks that Beth is known for her strength in public law cases that interface with criminal law. She is described by sources as "really hard-working; she gets to the bottom of things and has a great eye for detail." Her recent public law cases have included challenges to unlawfully administered police cautions, representations against disclosure as part of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks, challenges against search warrants and cancellation of passports.
Having represented numerous bereaved families at inquests into deaths in custody, Beth has also developed an expertise in cases involving dangerous police restraint of vulnerable people in the grip of a mental health crisis or intoxication. She has acted in several high profile inquests in this area.
Beth also helps protest groups seeking to uphold their democratic rights and challenge police wrongdoing. Her career in this area began with pioneering work resisting injunctions sought by companies who wanted to prevent protest activity against the arms trade and animal cruelty. She has brought numerous claims for compensation on behalf of protesters against the police. Beth is currently acting for a number of core participants in Undercover Policing Public Inquiry.
Clients speak highly of Beth’s sensitive approach: “She is extremely warm and empathetic, down-to-earth, and explained everything to me." (Client feedback Chambers UK Guide 2016).