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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 ChambersPerhaps the leading professional discipline silk in the jurisdiction. His intellect is matched only by his formidable advocacy skill. He advises to the highest standards on paper and in conference.
Dijen Basu QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersDijen is our go-to details man for technical issues involving complex issues of law, especially where they involve medical or Human Rights Act issues.
Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersGerry is strong all round. He has excellent client care skills, both with his professional clients and his lay clients. He is also a stand-out in his field for cases involving police misconduct.
Anne Studd QC - 5 Essex CourtAnne has an exceptional amount of experience and is able to perform well at any level of court or tribunal, also a very confident in dealing with Chief Constables and other senior officers.
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.
Alan Payne QC - 5 Essex CourtAlan's written pleadings and advice is excellent.
Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowHe fights hard for his clients.
Andrew Warnock QC1 Chancery LaneThe cleverest QC in this area and the best appellate court advocate.
Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis written work, his ability to deal with tribunals and to cross-examine over difficult and sensitive subjects are outstanding. He is an absolutely first-class advocate.

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.

2022 Silks

Claire Watson QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHighly regarded for her astute tactical approach to cases.

Leading Juniors

Beatrice Collier - 5 Essex CourtBeatrice is an excellent advocate and negotiator.
Elliot Gold - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn astounding understanding of the legal principles and case law. Unbeatable drafting skills. Great with clients and always commands the respect of the court or tribunal.
Mark Ley-Morgan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersDedicated to providing nothing but the best service. Superb at cross examining claimants.
Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanHighly organised, thorough and has impeccable attention to detail.
Charlotte Ventham - 5 Essex CourtIncisive in her written work and clearly extremely knowledgeable in the area of police law.
Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery LaneExtremely persuasive in writing and on his feet and always goes the extra mile.
Francesca Whitelaw - 5 Essex CourtFrancesca is cerebral, thorough and has excellent judgement and can hold her own among silks. She knows her cases better than anyone and is able to work with all sorts of clients at the highest level.
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 BanhamNo5 Barristers' ChambersClients feel he is in their corner.
Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is meticulous in his preparation, works very hard and finds every good point - it always seems that he has a strong case.
James Berry - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHighly intelligent, the advice he provides is always well thought out and detailed. Excellent case preparation and research skills.
Edwin Buckett - 9 Gough ChambersQuickly gets to the heart of an issue and is able to confidently navigate a path through difficult situations.
Jonathan Dixey - 5 Essex CourtAn extremely sharp and intelligent barrister with a good mind for strategy and tactics.
Lisa Dobie1 Chancery LaneLisa provides calm yet focused advice.
Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsVery knowledgeable in this are and is a pleasure to work with.
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneAn expert in his field.
George Thomas - Serjeants' Inn ChambersGeorge is fantastic. He is a silk in waiting. He is incredibly modest but handles some of the most high profile claims in the country. Hugely in demand, I cannot recommend him more highly.
Cecily White - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe is able to quickly get to the root of the issues in the claim and provide both detailed and reassuring advice to clients and witnesses.
Ian Clarke - 1 Chancery LaneA specialist in defending claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, NHS trusts and the police.
Robert Cohen - 5 Essex CourtRobert demonstrates a highly impressive command of the evidence in a case with a fine ability to grasp and then focus on the key issues.
Russell Fortt - 5 Essex CourtA robust advocate with a firm grasp of the law.
Cicely Hayward - 5 Essex CourtCicely is incredibly easy to deal with, always conscious of wider strategic issues and very knowledgeable about police practice.
Matthew Holdcroft - Serjeants' Inn ChambersExtremely good at grasping complex issues in judicial review cases and formulating convincing submissions on the issues raised.
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneShe provides very clear, focused and succinct advice.
Frances McClenaghan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery experienced and trusted by coroners. Thorough, charming and very easy to work with.
Stephen Morley - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe is extremely patient and careful in his explanation of complex legal issues, and is hard-working and diligent.
Jennifer Oborne - 9 Gough ChambersShe is determined, knowledgeable and accessible.
Edward Pleeth - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery good at written and oral submissions and when cross examining witnesses. Lay clients are very impressed with him and speak highly of him after the hearing.
Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsAs well as an engaging advocate, he will always be three or four steps ahead of his opponent and, most likely, the court.
Aaron Rathmell - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has an outstanding command of legislation and case law. An unmatched ability to analyse vast amounts of documents in the most complex of cases.
Ian Skelt - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIan is approachable, grounded and detailed in his approach. Both clients and witnesses feel at ease in his presence.
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 - 3PBA 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 ChambersExcellent written and oral advisory skills. Very clear and accurate advice. Excellent knowledge of Police Regulatory law and public law.
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsVery well-prepared and with a good analytical approach.

Police law (forces and constables) in London Bar

5 Essex Court

5 Essex Court ‘are a pre-eminent set acting for the police‘ fielding ‘a ‘talented team of specialists in all areas of police law‘. Leading cases include representing the Secretary of State for the Home Department and Secretary of State for Justice in the inquests and civil action proceedings arising out of the terror attack at Fishmongers’ Hall and on London Bridge in November 2019, and in Halabi v The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, acting for the Metropolitan Police in a high profile challenge to the national regime for monitoring sex offenders. ‘Leader in her fieldFiona Barton QC  defended the DPP in Young v Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police & Director of Public Prosecutions in a claim for misfeasance, false imprisonment, and breaches of convention rights. Andrew Waters is a top junior in both police and disciplinary law; he acted for Norfolk Constabulary in a disciplinary hearing concerning a firearms officer who was removed from her firearms role following her alleged failure to disclose serious concerns about another officer in the firearms unit.

Testimonials

Set

‘One of the the top sets for police work.’

‘Outstanding. I consistently go to 5 Essex Court for police work.’

Clerking

‘Mark Waller is still the ‘go to’ clerk for police work. Excellent knowledge of this area of work and is able advise on the right barrister for the job. He runs a tight and professional team, always friendly, approachable and professional.’

‘Like the barristers, all the clerks are approachable and helpful.’

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers houses 'an unmatched arsenal of counsel' specialising in civil claims, inquests, disciplinary proceedings and judicial reviews. John Beggs QC is 'one of the top police barristers in the country', and successfully represented the National Police Chiefs’ Council in R (officer W80) v IOPC, a case concerning the shooting of an escorted prisoner by the Met Police and the appropriate test for self-defence in police misconduct proceedings; the IOPC sought to replace the criminal test in misconduct proceedings with a civil one. At the junior end of chambers, Mark Ley-Morgan represented Devon & Cornwall Police in an employment tribunal case brought by a constable who, citing a number of health conditions rendering her disabled under the Equality Act, alleged that the force failed to make reasonable adjustments such as home working and attending tai chi classes during working hours.

Testimonials

Set

‘Serjeants Inn is a very strong set for police law. It has strength in depth and always finds available and suitable counsel to assist.’

‘They are the best set in the country for police misconduct work. They have an embarrassment of riches at both silk and senior junior level. It is a fairly regular feature of police misconduct work to have the set acting on both sides.’

‘In my view it is the top chambers for police law. The barristers I instruct have a good understanding of police law, and provide detailed and helpful advice that applies the law in a practical, common sense way.’

‘An unmatched arsenal of counsel with a guarantee of quality throughout. Great support from clerks who do all they can to help.’

Clerking

‘The clerks know their barristers and understand the clients. Lee Johnson, Joe Ralph, Natasha Southgate and Tom O’Connor stand out as approachable, knowledgeable and reliable. Meelis Malgand is also really helpful in arranging IT solutions.’

‘I think it is well run and efficient. Lee Johnson is particular is organised, friendly and helpful.’

‘Uniquely, Serjeants Inn has a client care team which provides an additional service which many chambers do not offer. Catherine Calder is developing client care for Serjeants Inn Chambers which sets them apart from the rest of the market, providing a unique and bespoke service which is to be admired. Isabel Biggs provides excellent support to Catherine and is a key asset to the client care team. Isabel is always available to assist and nothing is too much trouble.’

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane is an 'excellent set from top to bottom', with solid expertise in handling judicial review claims and claims brought under the Human Rights Act. The 'excellent' Andrew Warnock QC is well known for acting in high profile cases, such as representing South Yorkshire Police in defending a civil claim regarding the Hillsborough disaster. At the junior end of chambers, Geoffrey Weddell is 'extremely persuasive in writing'; Lisa Dobie and Laura Johnson are noted for defending forces in personal injury claims brought by officers; and Paul Stagg acts in proceedings concerning appropriate use of force. Ian Clarke has specialist expertise in handling data protection claims within the policing space.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set, from top to bottom.’

‘Excellent counsel.’

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings ‘has an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings‘. The set also undertakes the full gamut of police law civil work as well, including for the IOPC and forces, on top of the set's long track record of representing rank and file officers through the Police Federation's preferred firms of solicitors. Hugh Davies OBE QC is representing two central command officers in relation in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry. In another matter, Luke Ponte represented a Hampshire Police detective inspector, the most senior of a number of officers in the Hampshire Serious and Organised Crime Unit alleged of running a unit with a homophobic, racist and sexist culture. Clair Dobbin QC and William Emlyn Jones QC were elevated to silk in March 2021.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set with real specialists at junior and silk level in this area.’

‘3RB are without doubt the pre-eminent set for police law/police discipline.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings have an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings. It is arguable one of the strongest, if not the strongest, chambers for defence practitioners in the area of police misconduct.’

Clerking

‘The clerks room offers the same level of service as the leading civil sets and is pre-eminent in criminal litigation and related areas. Dean Brown is outstanding.’

‘Eddie Holland is a joy to work with and he can always point you in the right direction when it comes to needing a recommendation of someone to instruct. This service runs through the entire clerks room under Eddie’s leadership.’

9 Gough Chambers

9 Gough Chambers is 'an exceptional set with very talented counsel', and principally represents the Metropolitan Police, the National Crime Agency, the Border Force and individual officers in cases. Edwin Buckett possesses 'all the attributes one would want in a barrister'; he specialises in disciplinary matters, inquests and defending informant-related claims and witness protection cases. He is representing the Hertfordshire Constabulary in a civil claim brought by a former British expatriate in the Philippines, who alleges that he was imprisoned in squalid conditions for a year and then deported based on the force's provision of incorrect information to the local authorities.

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent set which frequently wins awards, and rightly so. A good stable of counsel of different call who all have a very proactive ethos and provide prompt and friendly assistance.’

‘9 Gough Chambers is an exceptional set with very talented counsel, they often offer us training in relation to various subjects which assist our officers and staff.’

Clerking

‘The clerks at 9 Gough Chambers are friendly, professional and knowledgeable and always go out of their way to help. Matthew Shepherd does a first class job, can be totally relied on and always does his upmost to assist.’