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5 Essex Court is ‘a fabulous set you will find in nearly every groundbreaking reported case, inquiry or inquest’. Expertise spans the range of police-side work, covering everything from inquest representation through public law matters to tort cases. Fiona Barton QC acted for Northumbria Police in a claim by the family of Michael Atherton, who shot members of his family and then himself on New Year’s Day 2012; the force seized a number of shotguns due to concerns about his mental health, and then returned them.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers covers the gamut of force representation, including inquests and professional disciplinary work. With regards to the former, John Beggs QC and Oliver Williamson represented Surrey Police in the second inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James, who took her own life during army training at the Deepcut barracks in 1995.

1 Chancery Lane is a ‘strong civil set for personal injury and human rights claims’, which also handles police representation at inquests. Sophie Mortimer advised Essex Police on a civil claim, which settled, brought by the family of Lee Balkwell regarding the police’s failure to carry out an effective investigation into his death in 2002. Balkwell was crushed to death by a cement mixer, and a subsequent inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing due to gross negligence.

Three Raymond Buildings’s members typically defend police officers. For example, Ben Brandon, Nicholas Yeo, Guy Ladenburg and Kevin Baumber separately represented different officers in a case regarding alleged overtime and expenses fraud within the since-disbanded 1TSG squad, part of the Territorial Support Group public order unit.

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