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Leading Silks

John Beggs KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘John is the best professional discipline and police Silk. His preparation is of the highest standard, as is his legal knowledge. He is very comfortable dealing with the most complex and difficult cases.’
Dijen Basu KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘His eye for detail and analytical skills are exceptional. His confidence and ability to make you feel at ease stands out.'
Gerard Boyle KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘He is strong across the board. Both his written and oral advocacy is top notch. He is plainly highly respected by both tribunals and police officers. Overall, he is excellent at this type of work.’ 
Hugh Davies OBE KC  –Three Raymond Buildings ‘A smart, charismatic, authoritative silk, with immense strategic insight.’    
Alan Payne KC5 Essex Court 'His advice is robust and consistent. He really gets hold of a case. You feel in safe hands.'
Anne Studd KC5 Essex CourtAnne is very experienced and able to deal confidently with the most senior police officers. Very concise and incisive in her advice.’
Andrew Warnock KCDeka Chambers ‘He is quite simply in my opinion the brightest and best silk dealing with duty of care and Human Rights Act issues insofar as they impact upon the police.’
Alisdair Williamson KCThree Raymond Buildings 'He is a calm and measured barrister putting lay clients at ease. He works well within a team . He is a persuasive advocate selecting well the points to make and those not to make.'

2022 Silks

Laura Johnson KC – Deka Chambers ‘Fights tough cases with passion and great skill but always with a bit of humour.’
Claire Watson KCSerjeants’ Inn ChambersHighly regarded for her astute tactical approach to cases.

Leading Juniors

James BerrySerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘James is hard-working and dedicated. He makes clients feel immediately at ease and confident in his approach.’       
Beatrice Collier5 Essex Court ‘Beatrice is always extremely well-prepared and represents her clients in court with significant skill and ability. She is a highly sought-after barrister in her field.'
Elliot GoldSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Elliot is very helpful, highly intelligent and wise, yet tenacious. His written work is excellent, as is his advocacy'
Mark Ley-MorganSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘An outstanding advocate who takes immense pride in his work and presents as a formidable opponent. Police forces have tremendous trust in his analysis of liability and his recommendations.'
Susannah StevensQEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Susannah is all over the detail of a case and very thorough. She is an impressive and persuasive advocate and excellent with lay clients. She can deliver difficult news in a clear way.’
Geoffrey WeddellDeka Chambers ‘His strength is is extensive knowledge of police law. He is also extremely easy to work with and accessible and a very good and experienced advocate.’
Kevin BaumberThree Raymond Buildings 'Kevin has an exceptional tactical brain, is meticulous in his case preparation and his eye for detail is unparalleled.'
Lisa DobieDeka Chambers ‘First class in everything. Grasps detail very well and advises in a user friendly manner. A future silk.’
Guy LadenburgThree Raymond Buildings ‘Guy is an excellent advocate. He is persuasive in argument and in mitigation and has an excellent knowledge of the police conduct regulations, which aids his ability to carry himself so effectively within police misconduct tribunals.' 
Frances McClenaghanSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Frances is a very efficient and personable barrister. Her style of presenting is calm and concise.' 
Ian SkeltSerjeants’ Inn ChambersIan is approachable, grounded and detailed in his approach. Both clients and witnesses feel at ease in his presence.
George ThomasSerjeants’ Inn Chambers 'Excellent knowledge of police law and public law, clear and concise written advice you can trust, and superb jury advocate.'  
Cecily WhiteSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Cecily was very organised, proactive and had good client care skills in conference.’      
Roderick AbbottDeka Chambers 'Has a forensic eye for detail and an ability to simplify complicated issues.'
Amy Clarke  – 5 Essex Court 'Amy has a truly extraordinary ability to work collaboratively with opponents and judges. Confident, charming and exceptionally able.'
Ian ClarkeDeka Chambers ‘Ian is a go-to barrister in this area of work. He is methodical, calm and meticulous as well as being incredibly easy to get on with which puts witnesses at ease.’    
Robert Cohen5 Essex Court ‘Robert is adept at analysing a case, knowing the points he has to make, and focusing on those points in writing, in questioning and in closing.'
Matthew HoldcroftSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Impressive grasp of detail and quickly identifies the heart of a case to advise tactically on how to achieve our objective.'
Peter Laverack 5 Essex Court 'Easy to contact and always on hand.'
Stephen MorleySerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Stephen is hard-working and dedicated. He is always available to assist and provides detailed and pragmatic advice.' 
Claire Palmer – 5 Essex Court 'Claire is a strong and forceful advocate but one who establishes a good rapport with the tribunal. She is good to deal with and cares passionately about her clients.'
Aaron RathmellSerjeants’ Inn Chambers 'Hugely capable. Can extract key information from massive amounts of documents. Superb with clients. A great tactician and has handled the most complex and cases with ease. Courtroom skills are second to none. A supreme knowledge of the law.'      
Robert Talalay - 5 Essex CourtHis attention to detail is remarkable.
Mark Thomas5 Essex CourtWhen you’re against him, you can place complete trust in his judgment. He is scrupulously fair.’
John-Paul Waite - 5 Essex Court 'John-Paul is a hard-working and motivated advocate, who fights for results for his clients.'
Ailsa WilliamsonThree Raymond Buildings ‘Incredibly experienced in the field of police discipline, Ailsa always provides a first-class service to solicitors' lay clients.’
Oliver WilliamsonSerjeants’ Inn Chambers 'Good persuasive drafting skills. Written advice delivered in a straightforward and efficient style which is very helpful with both professional and lay clients. Oliver is collaborative, approachable and responsive in his approach.'

Rising Stars

Police law (forces and constables) in London Bar

5 Essex Court

5 Essex Courtis a leading set in defendant police law‘ and is involved in cases at each level and in each area of police law, from judicial reviews to public enquiries. Jason Beer KC acted in Prior & Fielding and 395 Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, representing 400 Royalty and Specialist Protection Command Officers for payments and allowances relating to their duties as members of the. Alan Payne KC provides ‘robust and consistent‘ advice and has particular expertise in judicial review proceedings, inquiries and in defending civil actions against the police. Andrew Waters has acted in notable cases such as the Bichard Inquiry into child protection issues, and has recently been involved a high profile case resulting from a collapsed gangland murder trial.

Testimonials

Set

‘5 Essex Court has an excellent reputation for police work.’      

‘They are the go-to set for claims against the police.’     

‘The set is a very strong set in all areas of police law with an ever growing expansion into niche areas of police law.’

Clerking

‘Excellent. Mark Waller is excellent. James Cole is a very good junior clerk. All the staff are helpful and communicative.’

‘The clerks are friendly, approachable and always keen to assist.’

‘Always extremely helpful and quick to respond.’      

Work highlights

    Serjeants' Inn Chambers

    Considered a ‘standout set for police misconduct work’, the work undertaken by barristers at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers chambers ranges from misconduct proceedings, to inquiries, to judicial reviews. John Beggs KC is ‘very comfortable dealing with the most complex and difficult cases‘ which in 2021 included acting in the public inquiry into the death of Dawn Sturgess, who was killed by a discarded bottle of nerve agent used in a failed attempt by the Russian GRU to murder former double agent Sergei Skripal. ‘Helpful, highly intelligent and wise, yet tenacious’ junior Elliot Gold recently represented Avon and Somerset Police in the Court of Appeal in Eckland v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset, a case revolving on whether forces can be liable in discrimination law for misconduct panels’ decisions.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Sergeants’ Inn are my first point of call in relation to police law matters.’

    ‘High level of counsel at this chambers. Our preferred chambers for our most difficult work.’    

    ‘The set is the standout for police misconduct work and that is reflected by the breadth of quality in chambers (both silk and junior).’ 

    ‘Serjeants Inn is an excellent set.’

    Clerking

    ‘All of the clerks at Serjeants Inn are always helpful and efficient.’

    ‘The clerks are knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with.’ 

    ‘Very good. Professional, courteous and very helpful.’    

    Work highlights

      Deka Chambers

      Deka Chambers, a ‘very capable, go-to set of chambers‘ receives instructions from a wide variety of police forces and often deal with claims brought under the Human Rights Act. Andrew Warnock KC continues to represent the Metropolitan Police in the Grenfell inquiry. Lisa Dobie and Laura Johnson, who are both praised for their all-round ability, are known for defending forces in personal injury claims. From the 9 Gough Chambers side of the merger, Edwin Buckett, can count larger forces and the National Crime Agency, the Border Force and individual officers as clients, while Jennifer Oborne‘s practice includes a range of civil claims, disciplinary matters and inquests including advising the Hertfordshire Constabulary on how to respond to the Insulate Britain protests.

      Testimonials

      Set

      This is a very strong set.’   

      ‘A very capable, go-to set of chambers.’    

      ‘Deka Chambers has an extremely impressive and knowledgeable set of barristers at all levels in relation to police law.’    

      Clerking

      ‘They are superb, always accessible and available, understanding and quick to respond.’      

      ‘The clerks are very approachable and always respond in good time.’

      ‘Excellent service from the clerks.’

      Work highlights

        Three Raymond Buildings

        Three Raymond Buildings is considered ‘good at inquests and inquiries with a criminal element‘ and ‘pre-eminent in the defence of police misconduct cases‘. Indeed ‘calm and measured barristerAlisdair Williamson KC recently acted in West Yorkshire Police v PC Scoones and others, successfully representing a police office from the West Yorkshire Police who was accused of not investigating the murder of a child in 2016. The set is ‘good at inquests and inquiries with a criminal element‘, and Guy Ladenburg continued to be instructed in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry in 2021, Ladenburg’s ‘excellent knowledge of the police conduct regulations‘ leaves him well place to handle police misconduct tribunals and inquests. Clair Dobbin has significant experience in acting for police officers professional discipline litigation.

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘The set is extremely strong in police law work. They really are a specialist set for this type of work.’      

        ‘A strong set of barristers tackling the most complex and novel legal issues.’      

        ‘It is pre-eminent in the defence of police misconduct cases and in appearing for both the government and private clients in public law matters that involve the criminal law. ‘

        ‘Good at inquests and inquiries with a criminal element.’

        Clerking

        ‘The clerks are extremely helpful and easy to deal with.’      

        ‘The clerks are knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with.’    

        ‘They are efficient and helpful.’

        Work highlights