Emily-Jade Girvan

Emily-Jade Girvan

Emily-Jade specialises in representing victims in civil actions against police forces and state bodies. Emily-Jade has worked on a number of successful civil claims against police forces in respect of claims for false imprisonment, assault, and malicious prosecution, misfeasance, as well as breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998. She advises on the Victims’ Right to Review Scheme in respect of decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Emily-Jade’s expertise includes representing individuals in the police complaint system, including challenging investigations by way of appeal and judicial review. Emily-Jade has represented and supported a number of clients at police misconduct hearings and meetings.

Emily-Jade represents bereaved families at inquests and in particular, families who have lost loved ones following police contact.

Emily-Jade has a particular interest in representing protesters, vulnerable adults and children. Her current work includes:

  • Representing protesters who were arrested at an Arms Fair;
  • Representing a vulnerable adult who was bitten by a police dog;
  • Representing a victim of domestic violence who was arrested by the police.  

Professional memberships

Emily-Jade is an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, the INQUEST Lawyers Group, and the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group.

Prior to joining ITN Solicitors, Emily-Jade trained at Tuckers Solicitors, working in police civil litigation and criminal law.  

Prominent Cases

  • Claim against the Metropolitan Police Service for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and misfeasance. The client was a vulnerable child who had been assaulted by police officers in police custody. The Claimant received damages and an apology from the police.
  • Inquest into the death of a man who had hung himself shortly after the police made contact.
  • Claim against the Metropolitan Police Service for assault, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. The client had been a vulnerable child. The Claimant received significant damages from the police. 
  • Misconduct proceedings against an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service who had had a sexual relationship with a vulnerable adult.