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Inquests and inquiries Tier 1
'An excellent set with a stellar reputation', 5 Essex Court consistently appears in high-profile inquests and inquiries, and 'its reputation as the leading set in England, as far as police law is concerned, goes before it'. Jason Beer QC appeared, as counsel for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Fiona Barton QC acted for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and Counter-Terrorism North West in the public inquiry into the 2017 Manchester Arena deaths. At the junior level, Alison Hewitt is a highly rated specialist in inquest and coronial law, as well as associated judicial review matters. In recent chambers news, Alan Payne QC took silk in 2019. The 'impressive' Aaron Moss is highlighted as a rising star in the field.
Police law (defendant) Tier 1
'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.
5 Essex Court is a leading chambers for inquest and inquiry and police law work. In recent news, Claire Palmer was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit; Jonathan Dixey has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Northamptonshire; Charlotte Ventham has been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court; and Jason Beer QC was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge.
Clerks are always extremely accommodating.
Clerks are top class. Always available. Prompt and efficient service. Always call back when they say they will. Nothing is too much trouble including walking my papers to court even where they are not instructed and retrieving a laptop charger inadvertently left in one court and bringing it all the way to another court in London (on more than one occasion!). Dealing with the clerks at 5 Essex Court is always an absolute pleasure. Mark Waller leads the clerking team and excels in doing so.
Dan Warple is fantastic, he is efficient and always on the ball.
Excellent. All the clerks are approachable and eager to assist with any queries you might have.
Helpful and flexible. The clerks are able to handle bulk documents in emergencies, without difficulty, and are always able to provide useful alternative suggestions in the event of counsel not being available.
Helpful and knowledgeable clerks who always respond promptly. They recall my previous instructions and have evidently become aware of who my preferences are. They will always respond promptly.
I find 5 Essex Court to be such a helpful set of chambers. The clerks will move mountains to assist you, even when help is needed at short notice. I deal with clerk James Cole the most; he is really fantastic to deal with and never forgets to come back to you.
I have a great relationship with Mark Waller, Dan Waple and James Cole. The clerks do their best to find someone available for me, even at short notice. I can’t fault them.
I’ve always found the clerks to be really supportive and knowledgeable about the best barrister to cover a particular case and up front with their procedures. I have worked with Mark, James and Dan and find them all to be very helpful.
My favourite clerks’ team. Mark Waller is exceptionally amenable but professional. Dependable – always prepared to work as a team with instructing solicitor. No request for assistance is ever ignored – always deliver.
The clerks are always available to answer queries and to facilitate the conduct of the litigation.
The clerks are great. I have a great relationship with Mark Waller, James Cole and Dan Waple. They try their best to have someone available when I need them, sometimes at short notice.
The clerks are readily available and are very approachable. All of the clerks will try their utmost to accommodate your needs and requirements. They respond to emails quickly and know the strengths and specialisms of the barristers they work with very well and can advise accordingly.
The clerks room are excellent at this chambers and always answer quickly, call back, provide information requested such as dates to avoid, recommend alternatives where specific counsel are not available and cannot be faulted in their conduct. Also always willing to print out bundles, get messages to counsel and make recommendations or negotiate charges.
The service from the clerks is good and they are always keen to assist and do so quickly.
5 Essex Court has a range of talented police lawyers at all levels of call.
5 Essex Court is an outstanding set, rightly placed in Tier 1 of Inquests and Inquiries.
5 Essex Court is one of my go-to chambers for police law. They are very popular (which speaks to their quality) but even if they are busy they try and find options to cover our request.
5 Essex Court is the pre-eminent set for major police law work, and always provides the legal teams for police forces in major inquiries. It has some extremely able QCs and a host of impressive juniors.
Chambers are one of the leading sets on police law and have expertise and availability covering almost all aspects of legal issues arising in the police environment. They are switched on to what the client needs in providing free training, focused on the issues of the day.
Essex Court is a good set of chambers focusing on police work.
Exceptional set. Lots of extremely skilled barristers even at junior level. Always available for queries with no charge. Their annual police law conference is the highlight of my professional calendar. Absolutely the leading set in this area of law in my experience.
Formidable talent. I know they will always fight smart for their client.
I have found the ‘sofa series’ that chambers have been running during the lockdown really helpful. I also really like the bulletin they produce biennially. I have not made it to one of the talks yet but plan to do so next time. As a set they have a real depth of experts in their field.
If you represent police officers, 5 Essex Court is the go-to chambers for good representation.
It is evident why they are one of the primary defendant police law chambers, a host of specialised and knowledgeable counsel. Regardless of the complexity or nature of the case, I can trust there will always be an appropriate counsel available for me. Particularly with regards to complex JR, inquests and police conduct cases.
Professional, good attention to detail and able to deal with complex, large cases.
Strong reputation in defendant police work, particularly inquests and inquiries.
The chambers are a very strong set and are a go-to chambers when it comes to police law.
This is a high quality set where those who appear will be strong in their respective fields, and whose ethics and advocacy is first class.
Used this chambers for over 30 years. In my view consistently the number one set for police work. Strength in depth. Attracts good talent. Counsel always make themselves available – very good at providing training for this specific sector. Always good value for money.
5 Essex Court > Set Profile
5 Essex Court is a top tier set of chambers recognised for exemplary client service, depth and breadth of experience in its specialist areas and outstanding quality of counsel. Chambers has a formidable reputation in its core areas of practice – police law, public/administrative law, public inquiries, inquests, professional disciplinary/regulatory, information law, employment law and human rights. Members, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their field, have appeared in some of the UK’s most significant civil law cases, inquests and inquiries over the last decade. Chambers represents a broad range of clients in both the public and private sectors and across the United Kingdom. The public accountability of many of the set’s clients is always a key consideration and members deploy measured, forensic advocacy coupled with an accessible, efficient and practical approach. A number of members accept direct public access work.
Pre-eminent in this field, Chambers is consistently recommended as the leading set for police law. The strength in depth of the police law team is highlighted by the large number of members ranked at all levels of call in this area of expertise. 5 Essex Court’s highly regarded specialists are instructed by every police force in England and Wales and by Police Scotland on all aspects of police law. They have a formidable and unrivalled record of appearances in almost every case, inquest or inquiry of substance concerning police law to Supreme Court level. Public/Administrative Law: Legal challenges to public bodies have been at the core of 5 Essex Court’s work for more than half a century. Members are often involved in public law cases that break new legal ground. They regularly advise and act in a wide range of public law cases for individuals, ministers and government departments, local authorities, regulatory authorities and other public bodies. The team includes members of each of the Attorney General’s panels of counsel. Members are particularly known for their work in cases that have a civil liberties, human rights or criminal justice dimension.
5 Essex Court continues to lead in this area with members instructed in most major inquiries including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Renewable Heat Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The public inquiries team represents a broad range of clients and members are also regularly instructed as counsel to the inquiry. Public inquiries are inherently high profile and members are consistently praised for their effective handling of the sensitivities and challenges facing clients who are often in the spotlight for an extended period.
Recognised as a leading set, 5 Essex Court offers a comprehensive service covering all stages of an inquest. The team comprises a large number of recommended specialists including a senior coroner. In addition to renowned expertise involving the police, members have extensive experience of representing clients from a range of sectors including other emergency services, healthcare providers, government departments, local authorities, prison services, security firms, publicly listed and private companies. Members of the inquest team have appeared in the most high-profile inquests of recent years, both as counsel to interested persons and as counsel to the inquest, including: Deepcut, London Bridge Attack, Westminster Terror Attack, Birmingham Pub Bombings, Perepilichnyy, Poppi Worthington and Maughan.
Data Protection and Information Law
From national security to cyber security, 5 Essex Court’s team regularly provides advice and advocacy in matters relating to information and data protection law, with extensive experience acting for government, police forces, businesses and regulators.
Members of our team appear in UK courts and tribunals from the Supreme Court down in some of the highest-profile cases involving information law. Significant matters in this area include R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (SWP) in the first ever legal challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition technology. Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, R (Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and R (Catt & T) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.
The information law team provides practical advice and excellent advocacy at all stages, from time-sensitive crisis management through to complex and high-value litigation.
Chambers has a team of talented employment law specialists recognised for their experience and practical advice and representation across the full scope of employment law issues.
5 Essex Court’s barristers are renowned for their expertise representing government departments, public bodies and Chief Constables in employment law, as well as mainstream private industry companies of all sizes. They apply their vast experience in some of the most contentious and complex employment cases relating to public bodies as well as all industry sectors, from national retailers and service providers to blue-chip financial institutions.
Our employment law specialists represent and advise both employers and employees from the public and private sectors and regularly appear in Employment Tribunals as well as senior courts up to Supreme Court level. The team is recognised for giving sound practical and pragmatic advice. A number of our barristers pursued other careers such as Industrial relations, in industry before joining the Bar, so we have first-hand knowledge of the commercial issues facing clients.
5 Essex Court barristers appear in some of the most ground-breaking human rights challenges in the courts today. Chambers’ caseload includes challenges to the actions of the police, government departments, prisons and other public bodies in the full range of courts from county level up to the Supreme Court. The team is skilled, robust and creative in dealing with claims which push the boundaries of human rights jurisprudence. The experience of members of the team includes international law and Commonwealth human rights litigation.
Building on its widely recognised expertise in police misconduct, 5 Essex Court has a strong presence in the wider regulatory context. Members of the team represent regulators, companies and individuals across a range of sectors, including healthcare, energy and professional services, and in all manner of proceedings concerning regulatory law issues. These include professional discipline, civil claims, public inquiries and inquests.
5 Essex Court’s personal injury team acts for a broad range of private and public sector clients including insurers, corporates, the police, prisons, government departments, and local authorities, as well as direct access clients. Members’ expertise covers the full spectrum of personal injury cases, from the most serious and complex multi-track claims to the simplest small track claims. Clients benefit from the team’s ability to draw on their expertise in other overlapping core areas of practice including employment, regulatory and human rights law.
|Senior Clerk||Mark Wallerfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7410 2000|
|Member of Chambers||BEER QC, Jason (1992)|
|Member of Chambers||BARTON QC, Fiona (1986)|
|Member of Chambers||STUDD QC, Anne (1988)|
|Member of Chambers||LEEK QC, Samantha (1993)|
|Member of Chambers||PAYNE QC, Alan (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||WILCOX, Nick (1977)|
|Member of Chambers||APTHORP, Charles (1983)|
|Member of Chambers||HEWITT, Alison (1984)|
|Member of Chambers||WALSH, Simon (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||WATERS, Andrew (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||OULTON, Richard (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||WAITE, John-Paul (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||RAWAT, Bilal (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||HARRIS, Melvyn (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||HODGE, Alastair (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||VON WACHTER, Victoria (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||HOBBS, Daniel (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||BRANSTON, Barnabas (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||FORTT, Russell (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||VENTHAM, Charlotte (2001)|
|Member of Chambers||CORNELL, Kate (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||PALMER, Claire (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||WHITELAW, Francesca (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||COLLIER, Beatrice (2004)|
|Member of Chambers||THOMAS, Mark (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||WOLFE, Georgina (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||HARLAND, Robert (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||DIXEY, Jonathan (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||TAHERI, Peter (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||PRICE, Emma (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||HAYWARD, Cicely (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||IDELBI, Saara (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||COHEN, Robert (2009)|
|Member of Chambers||CLARKE, Amy (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||TALALAY, Robert (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||USTYCH, Alex (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||HODGE, Catriona (2012)|
|Member of Chambers||MEREDITH, Alice (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||MOSS, Aaron (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||GOSS, John (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||REICHHOLD, Remi (2016)|
|Member of Chambers||LAVERACK, Peter (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||JOYCE, Molly (2016)|
|Member of Chambers||MESSLING, David (2017)|
|Door Tenant||BASSETT, John (1975)|
|Door Tenant||ALLEN, Dr Stephen (1992)|
|Charles Apthorp||Charles’ areas of expertise include police law, employment law, commercial litigation and…||View Profile|
|Fiona Barton QC||Examples of her work include: The London Bridge Terrorist Attack Inquests …||View Profile|
|Jason Beer QC||Jason often leads teams of counsel in complex, high-profile and sensitive…||View Profile|
|Barnabas Branston||Barney acts for a range of clients including police forces across England…||View Profile|
|Amy Clarke||Amy acts on behalf of constabularies across the country in cases involving…||View Profile|
|Robert Cohen||Notable cases: R(Hambleton) v HM Coroner for the Birmingham (1974) Inquests (appeal…||View Profile|
|Beatrice Collier||Notable recent work includes: Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, R. (on…||View Profile|
|Kate Cornell||Notable civil cases include: defending a claim for alleged breach of Article…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Dixey||Jonathan’s clients include police forces, public bodies and coroners. Recent high profile cases…||View Profile|
|Russell Fortt||Recent work includes a scoping exercise for the IPCC into the policing…||View Profile|
|John Goss||John acts in civil claims, police discipline cases, judicial reviews and has…||View Profile|
|Robert Harland||Robert is a member of the Attorney General’s B panel and is very…||View Profile|
|Melvyn Harris||He advises and represents both Claimants and Respondents in the private and…||View Profile|
|Cicely Hayward||Ciicely specialises in the areas of Police law, Inquests, Employment law, Public Law and…||View Profile|
|Alison Hewitt||Alison specialises in inquests and is very experienced in all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Daniel Hobbs||Dan has been conducting employment cases ever since he qualified in 1998.…||View Profile|
|Alastair Hodge||Alastair has successfully acted for both teachers and head teachers in misconduct…||View Profile|
|Catriona Hodge||Catriona specialises in police and public law, inquests, employment, human rights and…||View Profile|
|Saara Idelbi||She regularly appears and advises on matters in the Tribunals, Coroners’ Court,…||View Profile|
|Molly Joyce||Molly regularly acts for police forces before the Crown and Magistrates’ Court…||View Profile|
|Peter Laverack||He frequently acts in the High Court, Crown Court, County Court and…||View Profile|
|Samantha Leek QC||Particular expertise in inquests and civil claims arising out of: deaths in…||View Profile|
|Alice Meredith||She has particular experience in civil claims including discrimination and ECHR claims,…||View Profile|
|David Messling||David joined 5 Essex Court as a tenant in September 2019 after…||View Profile|
|Aaron Moss||From 2017 to 2019, Aaron was instructed as junior counsel (CTI) to…||View Profile|
|Richard Oulton||Richard specialises in employment, police misconduct, commercial and personal injury law. He…||View Profile|
|Claire Palmer||She is regularly instructed by a number of government departments as well…||View Profile|
|Alan Payne QC||Alan, who is develop vetted, acts for variety of clients including police…||View Profile|
|Emma Price||Emma’s inquest practice focusses on article 2 inquests into deaths in detention…||View Profile|
|Bilal Rawat||Significant cases include: Grenfell Tower Inquiry (as counsel to the Inquiry);…||View Profile|
|Remi Reichhold||Remi is currently junior counsel for the Government of Mauritius in relation…||View Profile|
|Anne Studd QC||Anne undertakes judicial reviews, civil claims, inquests and inquiries for police forces…||View Profile|
|Peter Taheri||Peter’s practice is mainly focused on Inquests and on work across the…||View Profile|
|Robert Talalay||Robert has considerable trial experience as well as particular expertise and interest…||View Profile|
|Mark Thomas||Having acted as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police in the landmark…||View Profile|
|Alex Ustych||Alex specialises in police law, inquests/inquiries, data protection/information law, employment law, public…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Ventham||Notable cases: Rees & others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis…||View Profile|
|John-Paul Waite||In addition to the above areas, John-Paul has a particular specialism in…||View Profile|
|Simon Walsh||Simon now focuses his practice on police discipline and regulatory work after many…||View Profile|
|Andrew Waters||Representing and advising police forces in England and Wales across the whole…||View Profile|
|Francesca Whitelaw||Francesca is appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to…||View Profile|
|Georgina Wolfe||Georgina appears regularly as sole counsel and junior counsel before a range…||View Profile|
|Victoria von Wachter||Victoria advises a wide range of private and public sector clients on…||View Profile|