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A chat with… Tom Nutter

Here’s the next in our series of Chats with our Partners. This week we chat to Tom Nutter, Partner and Head of our Police Law practice.

Tell us about your area of legal practice?

I specialise in the representation of police officers in criminal and regulatory proceedings. My team is predominantly instructed by the Police Federation of England and Wales and we cover various police force areas across the country.

I act for officers under investigation for, or charged with, a broad range of criminal offences relating to both on and off duty conduct. I also act for officers facing investigations and hearings for internal misconduct matters following investigations by Professional Standards Departments or the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). A conviction for a minor offence is likely to have huge implications for a serving police officer so every case is as important as the next and often attracts significant media interest.

The team also operates a 24 hour call out system meaning we are available to Federation members who are arrested or involved in a Post Incident Procedure (PIP). The post incident process is extremely important and I have a particular interest in advising officers in the aftermath of major incidents such as shootings, deaths in custody and fatal pursuits. I assist officers as Key Police Witnesses/suspects throughout the investigations conducted in the aftermath of these incidents and as Interested Persons at the Inquests which often follow. The ever-increasing public scrutiny and need for the police to be held accountable for their actions means representation from a specialist lawyer is essential.

Both my parents and my brother were serving officers with West Yorkshire Police so I’m very proud to have built such long standing relationships with the Police Federation throughout my career. I worked for a large national firm before joining RadcliffesLeBrasseur in 2018 to establish our police practice. I’m pleased with the work we have done so far and look forward to continuing to grow our services to the Police Federation in future.

How has the pandemic affected your practice?

The last 12 months has seen a significant change in the way we deliver our services. Remote working is now an everyday occurrence for meetings, hearings and police station interviews. The impact on the criminal courts has been huge. We are seeing trials and hearings listed well into the future meaning clients face significant delays before their cases are resolved. This brings with it huge issues in terms of a client’s well-being and how we manage their cases on a day to day basis. This has certainly been a challenging 12 months and inevitably there are pros and cons to this new way of working. It will be interesting to see whether we continue to utilise technology in the same way once the pandemic is under control.

You recently became a Partner in our Leeds office. Do you have any tips for career progression for aspiring solicitors?

It sounds simple but dedication to providing the best possible service to your clients should be what any solicitor aspires to. Become an expert in your field, set yourself the highest standards and you will achieve success in your career.

Tell us something we might not know about you…

I can often be found in the Kop at Elland Road supporting my beloved Leeds United. I’m also a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen! He’s The Boss…

Contact Tom:

E: tom.nutter@rlb-law.com

T: 0113 341 1861