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Joseph Morgan


Actions against Police and State

Joseph specialises in bringing civil, public law and other regulatory and disciplinary actions against the police and other public authorities.

He acts for victims of police wrongdoing, advising civil claims against the police including false imprisonment, trespass against person and property, malicious prosecution, negligence, and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998. He is experienced at bringing complaints against police forces and fighting on behalf of clients to ensure that officers are held to account for unlawful conduct. He is also experienced at bringing group actions on behalf of protesters against police forces following mass arrests at peaceful demonstrations. 

Joseph is also experienced at acting in public inquiries. He currently represents a group of Core Participants at the Undercover Policing Inquiry, including several women who were deceived into relationships by undercover officers, and family members of deceased children whose identities were used by undercover officers. He previously acted on the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower on behalf of residents and bereaved family members.

In addition, Joseph represents bereaved families at inquests and other related investigations, specialising in cases where an individual has died in state custody or care, or following contact with state officers. He represents families of those who have died in mental health units, and advises and assists families through inquests, and on related investigations such as those by NHS Trusts, Safeguarding boards and the CQC, and on civil claims.

Joseph also advises and assists clients in removing their personal data from police databases. He has experience at negotiating the withdrawal of Fixed Penalty Notices issued under the Coronavirus Regulations, and other notices or letters issued by the police which can appear on an individual’s record.  

In 2022, Joseph represented two victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK, successfully securing compensation of more than £10,000 for each victim, following the police’s failures to investigate their case. Read more about the case and Joseph’s success here.

Education and career
  • Joseph studied Czech, European and International Law at the Charles University in Prague in 2012
  • He graduated from University of Nottingham with a degree in Law with European Law (LLB) in 2013
  • Prior to joining Bindmans, Joseph was a paralegal at another large firm from 2013-2014
  • Joseph qualified as a solicitor at Bindmans LLP in March 2019, after joining the firm as a paralegal in June 2015

What clients say

Thanks so much to all of your for your brilliant work on this!

– Client, 2021

In 2019 Joseph won the Westminster and Holborn Law Society’s Newly Qualified Rising Star Award

In 2016 Joseph and his Bindmans’ Hillsborough Team colleagues, jointly with other Hillsborough Family legal teams, won an Outstanding Achievement Award at the LALY Awards

Professional memberships
  • Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)
  • Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG)
  • Westminster and Holborn Law Society

Joseph has written articles for the Solicitor’s Journal and for LexisNexis PSL on the developing laws around mass state surveillance