'Very strong set' 5 Essex Court is viewed as a 'leading chambers in the field of police law', with a 'great depth' of 'talented lawyers'. Jason Beer QC and Francesca Whitelaw are representing the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in the Court of Appeal in a challenge brought against the judgment handed down in R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of the South Wales Police, where the High Court ruled that it was lawful for the police to use automated facial recognition software.
Police law (defendant) in London Bar
The 'excellent' Serjeants' Inn Chambers is viewed as 'a first-class set' for police law, housing 'highly respected experts in this field'. Noteworthy instructions include Dijen Basu QC representing the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police before the Court of Appeal in a successful challenge to an appeal, brought by parents in care proceedings, against an order for disclosure to police of their witness statements given under compulsion in those proceedings; the parents were returning from Syria to the UK with their children.
'Quality police set' 1 Chancery Lane has established strength in acting for police forces and officers in a range of matters, including human rights claims, deaths in custody, allegations of negligence and fatal shootings. Of note, Andrew Warnock QC represented the Metropolitan Police in civil claims brought by the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead during a police operation in 2011.
At Three Raymond Buildings, recent instructions include Alisdair Williamson QC acting for a police constable charged with the alleged failure to investigate the murder of a three-year-old child and, in another matter, Ailsa Williamson successfully defending a police officer against allegations of misconduct after the officer executed a blocking manoeuvre in an attempt to stop a moped rider, who was suspected of theft; the rider was injured after the moped crashed into the police vehicle. In September 2019 Ben Brandon joined Mishcon de Reya LLP as a partner. Matthew Butt QC took silk in March 2020.