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Chambers of Jason Beer QC
5 Essex Court

Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

5 Essex Court has an 'impressive depth and breadth of talent' and is a 'real stand out leader in this field of work'The set is known with is strong relationship with police forces and is frequently instructed by them; Fiona Barton QC acts for the City of London Police in the inquests into the deaths of both the victims and perpetrators of the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack in 2017. Alison Hewitt was counsel to the inquest into the death in police custody of a young man suffering drug-induced excited delirium. Jason Beer QC continues to act on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Communities and Local Government in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Leading Silks

Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex CourtHe is extremely hard-working, incredibly intelligent and completely unflappable under extreme pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samantha Leek QC - 5 Essex CourtExtremely knowledgeable in the area with a calm, reasoned and excellent manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex CourtShe has a great reputation in both inquest and police work and commands complete confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anne Studd QC - 5 Essex CourtShe has a lovely manner, is very popular with clients and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Alison Hewitt - 5 Essex CourtExcellent and methodical as well as a respected and trusted advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Palmer - 5 Essex CourtExcellent and won’t miss a trick, but also a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Francesca Whitelaw - 5 Essex CourtShe has a strong knowledge of deeper case law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Georgina Wolfe - 5 Essex CourtShe has an assured written style and is a very shrewd judge of character and of case tactics.
Ranked: Tier 3

Police law (defendant) Tier 1

5 Essex Court is viewed as being 'at the forefront of police law chambers, with impressive depth and breadth of talent'. Noteworthy instructions include Jeremy Johnson QC (soon to join the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court) acting for West Midlands Police in ongoing group litigation against claimants seeking damages following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. In another instruction of note, Beatrice Collier represented the Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police in a judicial review claim concerning the seizure of a cow's DNA; the police suspected the animal had been stolen.

Leading Silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex CourtAn expert in her field, serene and unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex CourtHe is outstanding; arguably the leading malicious prosecution practitioner in the country.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anne Studd QC - 5 Essex CourtA formidable opponent, with a steely centre and a commanding court presence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Samantha Leek QC - 5 Essex CourtAn imperturbable and systematic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Alan Payne QC - 5 Essex CourtA very impressive silk.

Leading Juniors

Beatrice Collier - 5 Essex CourtInstructed by forces in judicial reviews and human rights cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Ventham - 5 Essex CourtA superb junior: her advocacy is clear and concise.
Ranked: Tier 1
Georgina Wolfe - 5 Essex CourtShe is an outstanding advocate, logical, methodical, and easily gains the respect of the court; a star.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Dixey - 5 Essex CourtHe is quick on his feet and puts witnesses at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Francesca Whitelaw - 5 Essex CourtShe combines an excellent analytical approach with an engaging court manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Cohen - 5 Essex CourtHe fights hard for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Cicely Hayward - 5 Essex CourtHer command of a courtroom is compelling viewing.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Talalay - 5 Essex CourtA skilful and determined advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Thomas - 5 Essex CourtHe provides a first-class service at all times.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Waters - 5 Essex CourtHe is tenacious yet balanced; clients like him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Russell Fortt - 5 Essex CourtRobust, steadfast, thorough, and very reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

A leading chambers for inquest and inquiry instructions and a ‘first choice for all police law work’, 5 Essex Court continues to go from strength to strength and is considered ‘the most knowledgeable set’ taking ‘many of the biggest cases for police forces around the country’. Its silks are ‘leaders in the field’, have ‘fearsome intellects’, and are ‘formidable opponents, yet very approachable and pleasant to work with’, which makes chambers a ‘go-to set for training’, say instructing solicitors. Clients say: ‘The quality of work members produce, and at the very sensible rates they charge, make them stand out for value from other commercial/police chambers’. In recent news, Alan Payne QC took silk in March 2019 while Jeremy Johnson QC will join the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in October 2019. Senior clerk Mark Waller is ‘the best in the business’, ‘always available and will pull out the stops to ensure the barristers provide the best service at short notice’. Solicitors describe Waller’s junior clerks as ‘helpful and responsive; they reply to e-mails and telephone calls and are keen to build a strong working relationship’. Offices in: London


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.

Work Undertaken.

Police Law
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.

Public Inquiries
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.

Employment Law
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.

Human rights
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.

Personal Injury
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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Mark Waller 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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Charles Apthorp  photo Charles Apthorp Charles’ areas of expertise include police law, employment law, commercial litigation and…
 Fiona Barton QC photo Fiona Barton QC Examples of her work include: The London Bridge Terrorist Attack Inquests [2019]…
 Jason Beer QC photo Jason Beer QC   Jason often leads teams of counsel in complex, high-profile and sensitive…
 Barnabas Branston  photo Barnabas Branston Barney acts for a range of clients including police forces across England…
 Amy Clarke  photo Amy Clarke Amy acts on behalf of constabularies across the country in cases involving…
 Robert Cohen  photo Robert Cohen Notable cases: R(Hambleton) v HM Coroner for the Birmingham (1974) Inquests (appeal…
 Beatrice Collier  photo Beatrice Collier Notable recent work includes: Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, R. (on…
 Kate Cornell  photo Kate Cornell Notable civil cases include: defending a claim for alleged breach of Article…
 Jonathan Dixey  photo Jonathan Dixey Jonathan’s clients include police forces, public bodies and coroners. Recent high profile cases…
 Russell Fortt  photo Russell Fortt Recent work includes a scoping exercise for the IPCC into the policing…
 John Goss  photo John Goss John acts in civil claims, police discipline cases, judicial reviews and has…
 Robert Harland  photo Robert Harland Robert is a member of the Attorney General’s B panel and is very…
 Melvyn Harris  photo Melvyn Harris He advises and represents both Claimants and Respondents in the private and…
 Cicely Hayward  photo Cicely Hayward Ciicely specialises in the areas of Police law, Inquests, Employment law, Public Law and…
 Alison Hewitt  photo Alison Hewitt Alison  specialises in inquests and is very experienced in all aspects of…
 Daniel Hobbs  photo Daniel Hobbs Dan has been conducting employment cases ever since he qualified in 1998.…
 Alastair Hodge  photo Alastair Hodge Alastair has successfully acted for both teachers and head teachers in misconduct…
 Catriona Hodge  photo Catriona Hodge Catriona specialises in police and public law, inquests, employment, human rights and…
 Saara Idelbi  photo Saara Idelbi She regularly appears and advises on matters in the Tribunals, Coroners’ Court,…
 Molly Joyce  photo Molly Joyce Molly regularly acts for police forces before the Crown and Magistrates’ Court…
 Peter Laverack  photo Peter Laverack He frequently acts in the High Court, Crown Court, County Court and…
 Samantha Leek QC photo Samantha Leek QC Particular expertise in inquests and civil claims arising out of: deaths in…
 Alice Meredith  photo Alice Meredith She has particular experience in civil claims including discrimination and ECHR claims,…
 David Messling  photo David Messling David joined 5 Essex Court as a tenant in September 2019 after…
 Aaron Moss  photo Aaron Moss From 2017 to 2019, Aaron was instructed as junior counsel (CTI) to…
 Richard Oulton  photo Richard Oulton Richard specialises in employment, police misconduct, commercial and personal injury law. He…
 Claire Palmer  photo Claire Palmer She is regularly instructed by a number of government departments as well…
 Alan Payne QC photo Alan Payne QC Alan, who is develop vetted, acts for variety of clients including police…
 Emma Price  photo Emma Price Emma’s inquest practice focusses on article 2 inquests into deaths in detention…
 Bilal Rawat  photo Bilal Rawat Significant cases include:   Grenfell Tower Inquiry (as counsel to the Inquiry);…
 Remi Reichhold  photo Remi Reichhold Remi is currently junior counsel for the Government of Mauritius in relation…
 Anne Studd QC photo Anne Studd QC Anne undertakes judicial reviews, civil claims, inquests and inquiries for police forces…
 Peter Taheri  photo Peter Taheri Peter’s practice is mainly focused on Inquests and on work across the…
 Robert Talalay  photo Robert Talalay Robert has considerable trial experience as well as particular expertise and interest…
 Mark Thomas  photo Mark Thomas Having acted as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police in the landmark…
 Alex Ustych  photo Alex Ustych Alex specialises in police law, inquests/inquiries, data protection/information law, employment law, public…
 Charlotte Ventham  photo Charlotte Ventham Notable cases: Rees & others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis…
 John-Paul Waite  photo John-Paul Waite In addition to the above areas, John-Paul has a particular specialism in…
 Simon Walsh  photo Simon Walsh Simon now focuses his practice on police discipline and regulatory work after many…
 Andrew Waters  photo Andrew Waters Representing and advising police forces in England and Wales across the whole…
 Francesca Whitelaw  photo Francesca Whitelaw Francesca is appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to…
 Georgina Wolfe  photo Georgina Wolfe Georgina appears regularly as sole counsel and junior counsel before a range…
 Victoria von Wachter  photo Victoria von Wachter Victoria advises a wide range of private and public sector clients on…