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Leading Silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex CourtA leader in the field of police work.
Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex CourtA star performer; he combines an assured manner with a piercing intellect.
John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA highly respected barrister, whose commitment to his clients is unwavering.
Dijen Basu QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA conscientious and extremely focused silk.
Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn exceptional advocate.
Anne Studd QC - 5 Essex CourtHer knowledge of police work is magnificent.
Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers BarristersHighly regarded for acting for the IPCC in judicial reviews.
Samantha Leek QC - 5 Essex CourtA practical silk with an authoritative presence.
Hugh Davies OBE QC - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in acting for forces and individuals in misconduct proceedings.
Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowHe fights hard for his clients.
Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneA determined yet calm silk.
Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA tactically brilliant silk.

2019 Silks

Alan Payne QC - 5 Essex CourtA confident and personable silk.

2020 Silks

Matthew Butt QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis client management skills are top drawer.

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsShe has mastery over the details in a case.
William Emlyn Jones QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA high effective and intelligent advocate.

Leading Juniors

Beatrice Collier - 5 Essex CourtShe has an extraordinarily sharp mind.
Elliot Gold - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic grasp of the law.
Mark Ley-Morgan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn excellent jury advocate.
Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanCourageous, eloquent and works tirelessly for her clients.
Charlotte Ventham - 5 Essex CourtShe is tenacious and incredibly well-prepared.
Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery LaneHighly approachable and great with clients.
Francesca Whitelaw - 5 Essex CourtA very experienced junior, thorough in her preparation and charming in court.
Georgina Wolfe - 5 Essex CourtA polished, very talented advocate who commands the confidence of the court.
Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis WhitemanA remarkable advocate with an unparalleled tactical approach to cases.
Colin Banham - No5 Barristers ChambersClients feel he is in their corner.
Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsA persuasive, tactically shrewd advocate.
James Berry - Serjeants' Inn ChambersDiligent, pragmatic, dedicated, and quickly gains the client's confidence.
Edwin Buckett - 9 Gough ChambersWell known for representing police forces in disciplinary matters.
Jonathan Dixey - 5 Essex CourtHe has an impressive intellect.
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneShe is tenacious, direct and pragmatic.
Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsVery responsive and diligent; clients like him.
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneAn expert in his field.
George Thomas - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA superb advocate with excellent attention to detail.
Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHighly regarded for her astute tactical approach to cases.
Cecily White - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very bright junior with great potential.
Robert Cohen - 5 Essex CourtAn extremely eloquent barrister.
Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers BarristersWell known for representing the IPCC and HMIC in cases.
Russell Fortt - 5 Essex CourtA robust advocate with a firm grasp of the law.
Cicely Hayward - 5 Essex CourtShe has a brilliant analytical eye.
Matthew Holdcroft - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very accomplished advocate.
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneVery clear, focused and succinct.
Frances McClenaghan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very thorough and self-possessed advocate.
Stephen Morley - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis expertise spans inquests, misconduct hearings and judicial reviews.
Jennifer Oborne - 9 Gough ChambersShe is determined, knowledgeable and accessible.
Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers BarristersExtremely thorough, quick and able to think outside the box.
Edward Pleeth - Serjeants' Inn ChambersClients appreciate his approachable manner.
Aaron Rathmell - Serjeants' Inn ChambersTactically very astute, and has a great manner with clients.
Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer work includes Article 2 inquests and misconduct cases.
Ian Skelt - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn excellent negotiator, personable and very good with clients.
Ben Summers - Three Raymond BuildingsVery cerebral and an effective cross-examiner.
Robert Talalay - 5 Essex CourtHis attention to detail is remarkable.
Mark Thomas - 5 Essex CourtA measured and affable advocate.
James Trumble - 3PB ‘A measured and effective advocate. A quick thinking knowledgeable barrister who is never fazed by anything thrown his way at court.
Ailsa Williamson - Three Raymond BuildingsA well-prepared barrister who gives her clients clear advice.
Oliver Williamson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery diligent, and provides clear advice.
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsA very practical barrister.

Police law (defendant) in London Bar

5 Essex Court

'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. 

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

1 Chancery Lane

'Quality police set1 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.

Three Raymond Buildings

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.