North West firm Rowe & Cohen has won a mandate to act as the National Black Police Association's (NBPA) official legal adviser.
The work was won following recommendations from members of another police organisation, the Police Superintendents' Association (PSA). Senior partner Simon Cohen said: "It's come via a referral. We've acted for officers in respect of our relationship with the PSA, who were also members of the NBPA." The firm's police practice includes dealing with discipline, public inquiries, pensions and discrimination. It represented three officers in the public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Situated at the Home Office in London, the NBPA was launched in 1999. The decision to use Rowe & Cohen marks a departure from the association's traditional use of London firms. Cohen said: "The quality of lawyers is certainly here in the North West, and there's no reason why London-centric work shouldn't be done elsewhere."