Amalia King

Amalia King


Amalia is a solicitor in our Bristol office and has worked at DPG since 2016. Previously, she worked as a welfare rights adviser at a charity and has a longstanding commitment to advocating for clients’ rights. She specialises in inquests and actions against state bodies.



Amalia represents bereaved people and families throughout the inquest process and assists them to bring compensation claims in relation to the death of a loved one in state custody. She works on cases involving deaths which occur while a person is in prison or shortly after their release from prison.

Amalia is frequently instructed in the difficult time soon after someone has died and is experienced in advising about the early stages of investigations. Amalia is also proficient in resolving preliminary procedural issues, including appealing decisions that a person is not recognised as a ‘family member’ for the purpose of legal aid funding and securing ‘Interested Person’ status in complicated circumstances. Amalia regularly makes representations to Coroners to ensure that investigations are compliant with Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights and for an inquest to be heard with a jury.

Amalia has a strong record uncovering and identifying failings which contributed to a person’s death. She also works hard to achieve comprehensive jury conclusions. These findings are often critical of state bodies and have highlighted failures amounting to neglect.

Amalia understands that when state failings cause a person’s death, their significant others want system change so that people are not failed in the same way. Amalia works tenaciously to advocate for lessons to be learnt and to persuade Coroners to exercise their power to issue a prevention of future deaths report at the conclusion of an inquest, for example:

Recent casework

Amalia has significant expertise in representing families at inquests into self-inflicted and drugs/alcohol related deaths at HMP Lowdham Grange. In 2023, the prison became the first to transfer from being managed by one private company (Serco) to another (Sodexo). Amalia has built a detailed knowledge of the long-standing issues at the prison and the complications arising from the handover of responsibility.

Unlawful detention

Amalia works with many people who have been unlawfully detained to secure their release from detention and settle compensation claims. She has particular expertise in representing people with mental health problems and people who have been subjected to modern slavery and trafficking.

Recent casework

Amalia settled a high value claim on behalf of a person subjected to two periods of unlawful immigration detention and a further period spent under restrictive electronic tag and curfew monitoring, which also amounted to false imprisonment. Settlement included a claim for psychiatric injury caused by the detention.

Personal data and information rights

Amalia assists people who have had their data rights breached by the state, ensuring that information held is accurate and claiming compensation for the harm that they have suffered. Amalia also utilises freedom of information law to gather evidence to support her clients’ cases.

Recent casework

Amalia assisted a victim of identity fraud to rectify significant and pervasive errors in their records. Amalia worked diligently to achieve her client’s objective in a complex case involving 10 separate public authorities and errors which spanned a 20-year period.

Complex public and private law claims

Amalia thinks creatively and uses the full extent of the law to assist her clients to enforce their rights. She skilfully and strategically manages concurrent public law challenges (judicial review proceedings) and private law compensation claims. Many of these involve multiple and interrelated state bodies.

Recent casework

Amalia issued judicial review proceedings to secure her client’s release from detention. The case involved investigative and safeguarding failures in breach of Article 4 (prohibition on slavery) of the European Convention on Human She engaged in extensive pre-action correspondence, securing a determination that her client was a victim of modern slavery and forced labour. Amalia successfully assisted her client to settle substantial compensation claims against both the police force and the Home Office.

Claims against prisons

Amalia undertakes a wide range of work for people in prison, including data protection claims and cases involving inadequate access to healthcare. She has built a detailed knowledge of national policies and procedures and has a solid understanding of systemic issues. Amalia also assists with potential legal action following assaults, use of force or other serious incidents in prison.

My work

“I work with people who want to achieve truth, justice and accountability when they, or their loved ones, are failed by state bodies.

The people I represent have been let down by prisons, police forces, healthcare organisations and government departments. My role is to help them navigate the legal system. I listen to people’s experiences and why they have come to a lawyer for advice. I assist them by gathering information, carefully considering their options and advising on potential legal challenges.

I recognise that litigation is a difficult process, and it can be frustrating due to delays and other systemic barriers. I appreciate that it can be daunting to bring a claim against large and well-funded state bodies. I try to integrate trauma-informed ways of working with my clients to minimise the stress involved.

Throughout a case, I do my best to explain what is happening and why. I aim to give people clear and practical advice so that they can make informed choices about how to achieve their objectives and assert their rights.”