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Chambers of Jason Beer QC
5 Essex Court

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Alan's specialises in police law, public law, human rights, discrimination, inquiries and inquests, and trafficking and immigration claims.


Alan, who is develop vetted, acts for variety of clients including police forces, prison services, local authorities and government departments. He has acted in a number of cases that have gone to the Supreme Court, and routinely appears in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Examples of significant recent cases include representing the: (i) police various modules in the Independent Inquiry into Sexual Abuse (ICCSA), (ii) undercover officers in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, (iii) police in national litigation involving payments of allowances under Reg 34/Annex U, (iv) police in the Manchester Arena Inquests, (v) the NPCC/police in a challenge to national guidance relating to information sharing between the police and Immigration services, (vi) FCO and other Government departments in the Kamoko litigation (claims of alleged complicity in rendition and torture by HM Government)

Other recent cases include: AB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] (whether a person has to remain within the UK in order to be granted refugee status); Corbiere & Ors  v Ke Xu (Defendant) & Secretary of State for the Home Department (Intervener) [2018] (whether Article 6 ECHR required that an order be made restraining the defendant to the civil proceedings from leaving the UK until the end of the proceedings); FE  v YE (Respondent) & Secretary of State for the Home Department (Intervener) [2018] (whether a claim for asylum made by an abducted child prevented their return under the Hague Convention); MM & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] (whether the income requirements imposed by the Immigration Rules were lawful); Pathan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] (the requirements of natural fairness in the context immigration applications – the Supreme Court is due to hear the appeal in December 2019).



Called to the Bar 1996. Appointed QC in 2019. Previously Junior Counsel to The Crown Panel of Counsel for Government work – A Panel. 


French and Italian



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

Within: 2019 Silks -

Alan Payne QC

5 Essex Court

A very impressive silk.

London Bar > 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