White & Case partner, Tom Winsor, has today been named as the Home Secretary’s preferred candidate as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, to succeed Sir Denis O’Connor who is retiring. If completed, this will be the first time a civilian has been appointed to this role since the establishment of the inspectorate in 1856.
As the preferred candidate, Mr Winsor will appear before the House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs. Thereafter, the Home Secretary must consider its report, and, if she proceeds with the appointment, she and the Prime Minister will make their recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen.
"This is an excellent achievement for Tom and a testament to the work he has undertaken over the last 18 months, in conducting the independent review of police pay and conditions," said Oliver Brettle, executive partner of White & Case’s London office. "We know Tom is passionate about taking on this important role and, in the event of his appointment, would fully understand him wanting to pursue this opportunity outside the Firm."
Earlier this year, Mr Winsor completed and published his recommendations following an independent review of police pay and conditions. He was appointed by Home Secretary Theresa May in October 2010, as an impartial reviewer, to carry out the most comprehensive review of police pay and conditions in more than 30 years, covering all police officers and staff in England and Wales.
Mr Winsor was the Rail Regulator from 1999 to 2004, when he joined White & Case's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance practice in its London office.
About Tom Winsor
Tom Winsor (54) is a partner in the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice of White & Case in London. He joined White & Case in July 2004 after five years as the Rail Regulator and International Rail Regulator in Great Britain. As Rail Regulator, Mr Winsor was a member of the group of nine economic regulators of the UK, and the senior member of the Convention of European rail regulatory authorities. In his period in office (1999-2004), he carried out two major reviews of the structure and level of charges for the use of the national railway infrastructure (October 2000 and December 2003), and reformed the regulatory, economic and contractual matrix for the railway industry.
His legal practice at White & Case covers the railway, electricity and oil and gas industries, industry restructuring, the regulation of markets and advising both public and private sector clients on complex and high-value projects in those fields. It also covers regulatory design, regulatory dynamics and public law. He is also the co-author of Taylor and Winsor on Joint Operating Agreements, and is the consulting editor of the Railways volume of Halsbury's Laws of England.
About the role
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary is a statutory appointment by HM The Queen under section 54 of the Police Act 1996. He is the head of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) (hmic.gov.uk). There are four HM Inspectors of Constabulary, and one Chief.
HMIC is an independent body, first established in 1856, which operates in the public interest. It:
(1) monitors police force performance;
(2) inspects and reports to the Home Secretary (and, when elected in November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners) on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the British Transport Police, the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (and in due course the National Crime Agency);
(3) provides a check and balance in the system of policing and public accountability.
The police pay review
Mr Winsor's reports on the pay and conditions of service of police officers and police staff in England and Wales were carried out and completed with the assistance of Sir Edward Crew, former Chief Constable for the West Midlands (1996-2002), and Professor Richard Disney, Professor of Labour Economics at the University of Nottingham.
The interim report was published in March 2011, and the final report in March 2012. They can be found at review.police.uk.
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