Mandip Kumar

Mandip Kumar
Solicitor Advocate
Director – Precedence Law


Mandip has substantial expertise and experience of representing Police Officers, Solicitors and Doctors subject to criminal and regulatory cases. 

Mandip is a panel solicitor to the Police Federation of England and Wales and has represented Police Officers since 2003.  He has dealt with cases before the Magistrates Court, Coroners Court, Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, and Police Appeal Tribunals. He has substantial experience of dealing with complex Post Incident Procedure cases.

He has advised and represented police officers, including but not limited to the following allegations, murder, conspiracy to murder, rape, perverting the course of justice, Misconduct in Public Office, fraud, serious assault.

He has experience of applying for Judicial Review of decisions made by Police Tribunals. He regularly deals with complex police discipline cases where unfairness/abuse of process arguments are advanced.

Mandip has dealt with numerous police cases that have set legal precedents in Police Law (please see “Profile” section for the details).  

He was instructed to represent senior officers in the Hillsborough investigation case and other serious police corruption cases.

Mandip is preferred choice of solicitor to deal with certain complex and high profile police cases. For example, Mandip represented a senior police officer who was investigated and later charged with serious fraud and financial crime offences. Mandip successfully challenged production orders during the investigation process, and later took the lead role in advancing legal arguments at the trial. The case collapsed as a direct result of the legal arguments in 2015. Mandip had been dealing with the case for 5 years.

Testimonial from Police Inspector client:

“At every single turn Mandip instilled complete confidence and trust within the team, he is a truly inspirational leader who does not accept second best from anyone. Mandip is unbelievably clever and hard working. I have never known anyone apply such a high degree of passion and commitment to their work, he is an extraordinary individual. I can’t stress enough how much support I received from Mandip, he was relentless in ensuring that my best interests always took precedence. Mandip was simply brilliant. Nothing flusters Mandip, he is simply too cool and knows the case so well as to allow anything to distract him from it. Mandip is strategically brilliant, he was always thinking three, four, five steps ahead of everyone else. He is just at the very top of his game."

Chambers and Partners 2024:

Mandip has consistently been ranked in Chambers & Partners over the years to date.  Some of the testimonials over the years describing Mandip include the following:

"top class"

"very cerebral, sensible and practical"

“Clients are in awe of his commitment to their case, and he brings added value and is a catalyst for creative thinking and problem solving.”

"Mandip is tenacious and inventive; he is a great lawyer to have in your corner." 

"assiduous, dedicated, tenacious and thorough – clients' needs always take precedence."

"He is excellent with clients, clearly cares about each case passionately and is a very clever lawyer. He is first choice for serious and high-profile police cases in Yorkshire for the Police Federation."

"Mandip is very thorough, has a great personality and is very much liked and respected in the police law field due to his extensive experience."

"The "truthful and very robust" Mandip Kumar .... represents police officers in connection with a wide array of criminal offences and internal disciplinary proceedings. He also acts in civil claims concerning allegations of police negligence, misfeasance or malicious prosecution."

Mandip Kumar .... "provides a first-class service. He's calm, cool and collected and puts everyone at ease. He's knowledgeable and amenable." He principally acts for individual officers. "I find him very charming, very bright and someone who comes across well and is very pleasant to deal with."

Mandip Kumar of Precedence Law acts for a number of police federation boards on matters relating to serious injury or death following police contact. “His mantra is always acting in the best interests of the client," according to sources, who add: "He genuinely cares about each and every case."

Legal 500 – Legal Directory:

"indefatigable when it comes to fighting the client’s corner."

"… a specialist in misconduct in public office matters."

International Speaking - April 2018 - USA

Testimonial from CARRIE L. ACKLIN, PH.D.
Assistant Professor, Program Director Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation.
University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA

“The students really enjoyed Mandip’s presentation in my Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation course. The students expressed that Mandip was very knowledgeable about UK and US laws and found his experiences to be an asset to their higher learning experience. I would recommend Mandip as a presenter in future classes”.

Practise Details

Mandip is a Director at Precedence Law, a boutique defence firm that is ranked in Chambers & Partners 2024.  Previously Mandip worked at National Law firms at a senior level, including as Operational Director & Head of Department, and Partner at a top 100 commercial law firm.

He has over 23 years of experience representing high net worth individuals, directors, regulated professionals subject to criminal and regulatory proceedings.  Mandip has experience in defending in cases brought by various prosecution authorities, such as, the Crown Prosecution Service, Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency (NCA), HMRC, Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), Trading Standards and Regulators such as the SRA and the GMC (and others).

Mandip’s approach to cases is not standard: he will engage with clients at the outset to establish a high-level strategy to achieve the desired objective.

He is sometimes instructed to defend professional clients in evidentially hopeless cases where he has managed to secure favourable results due to his tenacious and determined approach to succeed.

He is proactively looking to find solutions to problems. The primary objective is to avoid his client being charged, but in the event the matter proceeds further, the only objective is to be successful and to remain ahead of the opponents.

Mandip indefatigably defends his clients and pursues legal points and cases to the Higher Courts that have set legal precedents.  

He has dealt with the following reported cases:

R -v- AUH and Others - [2023] EWCA Crim 6:  Serious Fraud case.  Instructed 3 Silks on the same case / different issues.  Attended as junior at CA with Kings Counsel.  Also, dealt with the Law Society to support our legal submissions. 2023_EWCA_Crim_6

R -v- AUH and Others - [2022] EWCA Crim 1113:  Part 1 of above appeal; Serious Fraud case.  Instructed 3 Silks on the same case / different issues. [2022] EWCA Crim 1113

Dyer v CC WYP - [2020] EWCA Civ 1375:  Advised 12 police officers in complex death in custody case, IOPC investigation, inquest, judicial review at High Court and then appeal to the Court of Appeal.  This related to police officers giving evidence behind screens. WP_Final_Judgment_Dyer_v_CC_WYP

The Queen on the application of [Officer] v PAT and CC of West Yorkshire Police [2018] EWHC 190 (Admin).  Leading authority on the interpretation of the Police Appeal Tribunal Rules. High_Court_decision_2018

R v France [2016] EWCA Crim 1588:  Instructed by News International at original trial and pursued case to the Court of Appeal after client was convicted.  His conviction was quashed. R_v_France

Testimonial from Mr. Anthony France, former Deputy Crime Editor, The Sun

"Mandip Kumar is the solicitor you need when you're in trouble," a colleague remarked in early 2013. Four years later and after a stunning victory in the Court of Appeal, I came to appreciate the importance of those 11 words. Operation Elveden was the largest investigation mounted in British policing history. I was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, a 700-year-old offence so complicated most judges couldn't get their heads around it. Mandip, however, did. There was always something odd about my guilty verdict. Not only was it the only conviction standing, it was the quickest returned by any Elveden jury. Mandip refused to accept this. The Court of Appeal ruled the conviction was unsafe because the trial judge had misdirected the jury by not providing them with adequate directions. I was an innocent man again and able to restart my life and career. None of this would have been possible without Mandip, an astute legal brain simply miles ahead of the opposition. He is a fighter who won't give up on clients.”

Please see article -

Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police v. Independent Police Complaints Commission and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 1367:  leading case that went to the Court of Appeal in relation to the role of the Investigator / Independent Police Complaints Commission and incorporated into the latest Home Office Guidance to Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020. IPCC_case_2014


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