Police Powers Seminar

11th October, 2011

Police powers of arrest, detention and seizure for journalists.

An NUJ members only event with Bindmans Solicitors

Date: Thursday 17 November 2011 Venue: 275 Gray’s Inn Road, London Time: 5.20 pm to 7.10 pm


This free seminar organised by Bindmans LLP and the NUJ will explore the issues surrounding ‘a free press’ and the protection afforded to journalists in relation to the criminal justice system. It will offer practical guidance on police powers and investigations. Martin Rackstraw and Chez Cotton will discuss the relevant criminal law and civil law. The seminar will examine:

  • Relevant legislation and recent changes
  • Police powers of arrest and detention and search and seizure
  • The investigation process, including police interviews under caution
  • Civil claims against the police


5.20 Registration, tea and coffee 5.35 Introduction from the chair, Najma Rasul 5.40 Criminal law presentation, Martin Rackstraw 6.00 Civil law presentation, Chez Cotton 6.20 Q and A 6.40 Buffet and continuation of discussions 7.10 Close

Who should attend?

The legal issues covered will be particularly relevant to photojournalists and political journalists, but any journalist who is in contact with the police will find the seminar helpful.

Your next steps

Places are limited for this free seminar and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so you are advised to reserve your place now. Please complete the booking form:

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5 Responses:

  1. Nick lee says:

    Will this seminar be recorded and available to members of the NUJ who are unable to attend as I am from Yorkshire but wont be able to attend by would like to here it.

    readrds N Lee

  2. Jess Hurd says:

    Yes hopefully, we will check with Bindmans..

  3. Tash - alan lodge says:

    Me to!! A while since this event now …. and have been eagerly awaiting an mp3 recording. Is anything happening? Cheers

  4. Tash - alan lodge says:

    hello each, have asked a few times [of different folks] and there is still no sign. can anyone help. would really like to listen to it please

  5. Jess Hurd says:

    Hi Tash/Nick, Sorry limited resources here, it is on our list of things to get on-line. We are all volunteers running the branch, so obviously we have to prioritise campaigns, work, life and NUJ work. We welcome more support! If folk want to get involved please come along to the AGM on the 31st January 🙂 http://londonphotographers.org/2012/01/2012-lpb-agm-and-nec-photographers-seat-elections