Geoffrey Weddell

Geoffrey Weddell

Call: 1989

"He offers a high level of client service - always going the extra mile to make things as easy as possible for the client. On top of this, he is an extremely persuasive advocate both on paper and on his feet."

Chambers & Partners 2023

Geoffrey Weddell’s particular specialisms are tort-based claims, such as claims for damages for personal injuries, claims against local authorities including injury, abuse, highway, data claims, property damage and flooding claims, claims against police forces and regulatory claims.

He has acted for and against local authorities and police forces for over 30 years, acting in hundreds of claims during that time, in all courts and for every type and value of claim. He has acted as an advocate and as a legal adviser to the panel in police disciplinary proceedings.


Geoffrey has acted in claims against the police for over 30 years, dealing with hundreds of cases during that time in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is instructed directly by numerous police forces as well as by specialist police solicitors’ firms. He deals with claims of the full range of value and complexity involving the Human Rights Act, the GDPR, the Equality Act as well as the more commonly encountered tort-based claims.

Notable Police Law cases

SGY v Hampshire and Dorset Police (2022)

Successful defence of claims under the Human Rights Act and Equality Act.

Hewlett v Hampshire Constabulary (2021)

Successful defence of claims of false imprisonment and under the Equality Act.

White v Thames Valley Police (2020)

Successful defence of claim of false imprisonment.

MBX v Wiltshire Police (2020)

Successful defence of claim under Article 3.

Savage v Hampshire Constabulary (2020)

Successful defence of claim of misfeasance in a public office.

Geoffrey has practised as a personal injury lawyer throughout his career, predominantly in claims against local authorities. He deals with the full range of claims including accidents, disease and all types of claims involving psychiatric injury such as data claims.

Notable Personal Injury cases

Hoyle v Hampshire County Council (2022)

Successful defence of claim for damages for fatal injuries caused by a falling tree.

Reader v Essex County Council (2021)

£2m claim settled for 10% of its claimed value.

Black v Hampshire Constabulary (2021)

Successful defence of claim for damages for injuries caused by optical examination.

Eze v London Borough of Lewisham (2021)

Successful defence of data claim

Baker v Hampshire Constabulary (2020)

Successful defence of claim for damages for injuries caused by horse.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. To see my privacy notice click here.

  • LLB (Hons) University of Northumbria 1988
  • Council of Legal Education 1989

  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship 1989
  • Scarman Award 1989

"A force to be reckoned with."

Chambers & Partners 2023

"His strength is his extensive knowledge of police law. He is also extremely easy to work with and accessible and a very good and experienced advocate."

Legal 50 2023

"Highly approachable and great with clients."

Legal 500 2022

"You've got a job on your hands when he's the barrister on the other side. He's a very beguiling opponent and he'll get you on the ropes quickly. He has a great way of framing any point he needs to argue."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Extremely persuasive in writing and on his feet and always goes the extra mile."

Legal 500 2022

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