1. Eric Baskind- LLB (Hons), LLM, MCIArb, FRSA, FHEA

  2. Since 1987, Eric has been active as a consultant in the prevention and management of violence and aggression and in the use of physical interventions. He is also a senior lecturer in Law at Liverpool John Moores University, where he is responsible for teaching a number of subjects including criminal law, sports law and commercial law. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group. He is Chairman of the Centre for Physical Interventions at the British Self Defence Governing Body (BSDGB), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement in personal safety and to the reduction in violence and aggression in the workplace. 

    Eric has advised numerous bodies on the use of force and physical interventions and has been instructed as an expert witness both in the UK and in other countries in more than 3,000 cases involving restraint-related injuries and deaths including by the Prison Officers’ Association, Police Federation, Home Office/Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Prison Service. Amongst the other organisations he has advised are the High Secure Hospitals at Ashworth and Broadmoor and the Security Industry Authority where he is currently advising on the appropriateness of the physical intervention skills in relation to the SIA’s licence-linked qualifications for security staff. 

    Eric gave both written and oral evidence to The Lord Carlile of Berriew QC Independent Inquiry into the Use of Physical Restraint etc in Prisons, Secure Training Centres, and Local Authority Secure Children’s Homes, held in the House of Lords, 2006 and 2011. He was also a Commissioner serving on the National Independent Commission on Enforced Removals with specific responsibility for the management of violence and aggression and the use of restraint. The Commission was chaired by Lord Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE, formerly Chief Inspector of Her Majesty’s Prisons, and was established in March 2012 following the death of Mr Jimmy Mubenga who died whilst being restrained during his deportation from the UK.

  3. The Thomas Orchard Case

    Currrently Eric Baskind is involved with with the Thomas Orchard trial, in which a police sergeant and two civilian detention have been charged with the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard, who was arrested following a disturbance in Exeter city centre. They have claimed he was being aggressive and threatening to bite them.
    One of the contentious issues in this trial is that for a significant part of the time in the custody unit it is alleged that Mr. Orchard had an emergency response belt applied over the whole or part of his face, including his nose and mouth.
    Then after Thomas Orchard was freed from the restraints it is alleged that he was left lying face down on a mattress in his locked cell and officers did not re-enter the room for a further 12 minutes, by which time he had suffered a cardiac arrest and was not breathing.
    The Thomas Orchard trial should be well over by the time of the conference so Eric will be able to cover it in specific detail and highlight the likely ramifications for mechanical restraint generally and spit hoods in particular.

    Handcuffing And The Recent ECHR Ruling

    Eric will also be able to talk about a recent major handcuffing case and a number of further similar cases where it is alleged that the routine handcuffing of prisoners breach their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, and the legal and operational implications of those cases as well.

  4. Amongst the high-profile cases he is currently instructed in are:

    • Three police officers who are charged with manslaughter following the death of Thomas Orchard whilst being restrained following his arrest

    • The death of Lorraine Barwell who was killed whilst restraining a prisoner at Blackfriars Crown Court in June 2015

    • The death of Allan Marshall who died in March 2015 following restraint at HMP Saughton, in Scotland, where he was serving a term of imprisonment

    Amongst the organisations he is currently working with are:

    • The High Secure Hospitals at Ashworth, Rampton, Broadmoor and Carstairs where he is the Independent Expert Advisor to the Violence Reduction Manual Steering Group

    • The Security Industry Authority where he chairs an expert panel reviewing the management of violence and aggression and use of force in connection with the SIA’s licence-linked qualifications

    • The College of Policing’s Mental Health Restraint Expert Reference Group where he leads the work on restraint practices

    Eric is the author of Defend Yourself: the Complete Guide to Personal Safety (Pelham Books, London, 1993). He is also co-author of a chapter on Coercive Measures in the Management of Imminent Violence: Restraint, Seclusion, and Enhanced Observation in Violence in Mental Health Settings: Causes, Consequences, Management (Springer-Verlag, New York, 2007). Eric has appeared on numerous occasions on television and radio to discuss various aspects of managing violence and aggression and the use and misuse of physical restraint. 

  5. In 2014, Eric was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the prevention and managing of violence and aggression.

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