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Sue Swan

Associate Solicitor

Criminal and Discipline Law

Sue represents Police Officers, PCSOs and Police Staff accused of criminal offences or disciplinary matters. Sue has represented clients accused of a large range of offences, including murder and other serious offences of violence. She is especially known for working on matters involving allegations of inappropriate relationships with vulnerable people, historical sexual matters and with Officers suffering from PTSD and other complex mental health issues.

More about Sue

Sue qualified as a Solicitor in 2004. Having neglected her studies, in her younger years, she left school without any qualifications of note. Sue returned to education when she was a young mother, excelling in college and earning a place to study Law at Cambridge University, graduating in 1999. She went on to complete her post-graduate studies, part-time, while working in a solicitor’s office.

She joined Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors in 2007, where she worked in their Criminal & Misconduct Department, specialising in representing Police Officers and other professionals, including solicitors and medical practitioners. Due to the nature of the cases she works on, they often attract media attention and many have been reported nationally in the press and on television.

Sue advises clients about all manner of motoring offences. She has successfully challenged a number of these cases, following procedural irregularities, leading to cases being discontinued before trial.

Sue also advises Police Officers following incidents involving a death or serious injury. She has accumulated a wide knowledge of operational policing and the practical application of the Police Codes of Ethics and Conduct Regulations and is attuned to the ever-changing political influences, which can affect investigations and decisions relating to police misconduct matters.

Listed in Chambers & Partners 2015, as a notable practitioner, “calm, confident and reassuring” and in The Legal 500 in 2017 as an “excellent lawyer” and in 2018 as having ‘an amazing eye for detail’, ‘does not leave a single stone unturned’ and ‘is passionate about her clients’ cases’ and has ‘particular expertise in cases of alleged sexual abuse, especially those involving historical allegations’.


years experience as a solicitor.

Notable Cases

IOPC investigation and Inquest Proceedings: Advised a Police Sergeant in relation to an allegation of gross negligent manslaughter/misconduct in a public office and in subsequent Inquest Proceedings when a male died ingesting drugs, after being stopped by the Police on the M5.

Misconduct Proceedings: Advising and successfully representing an officer, labelled by one National Newspaper as ‘Britain’s Rudest Cop’ accused of breaching a number of standards of professional behaviour including dishonesty.

Investigation by the Professional Standard Department at West Midlands Police: Advised an officer accused of passing on sensitive police intelligence to a person closely connected with an Organised Criminal Gang. No further action taken.

Magistrates’ Court Proceedings: Represented an officer who succeeded in using the exemption under s.87 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, after exceeding the speed limit by over 40 mph, to collect a vulnerable missing person.

IOPC investigation: Advised an Inspector from a Professional Standards Department accused of failing to properly investigate an alleged racially aggravated assault by officers where the complainant successfully sued the forced. No further action was taken against the Inspector.


Death in Custody

“I was a police officer unlucky enough to be involved in a death in custody, for which I was subsequently investigated for Manslaughter and Misconduct in a Public Office."



A Strong Working Relationship

"My solicitor, Sue Swan, was by my side throughout. I wasn't always the easiest client, as I should imagine police officers can be! I was defensive and argumentative at times, but we worked through it and had a strong working relationship that included empathy from Sue when I really needed it. I trusted her judgement and guidance. She, and others, got me through what I can only describe as hell and back. Thank you.”




It Was A Road I Never Envisaged Myself On

“Yes what a relief to have an outcome. Please let me take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and assistance in this matter. It was a road I never envisaged myself on, but both yourself and Suzie made it all the more bearable.”




Thanks for the Email, Your Help and Advice

“Thanks for the email and your help and advice. It feels like an age since we met. It's been a long time. I started back to work today with some apprehension.”




Thank You Both for Everything

“I just want to thank you both for everything you did for me, certainly the time has come now to move on…"



Excellent rated 4.6 out of 5,376 reviews

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Sue and all the team at Cartwright King are dedicated to helping you. If you need help, contact Sue by email using this form or using the details below:


Birmingham Office

West Midlands

14, The McLaren Building, 46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR

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