Remi Reichhold > Chambers of Jason Beer QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jason Beer QC
5 Essex Court
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9AH
England

Work Department

Remi has a broad domestic and international practice acting for public bodies, police forces and national governments. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main practice areas and matters of public international law and sports arbitration.

Position

Remi is currently junior counsel for the Government of Mauritius in relation to the dispute concerning the Chagos Archipelago and has been appointed as ad-hoc clerk to the tribunal in nine cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Before joining 5 Essex Court, Remi worked for seven years as a legal researcher to Professor Philippe Sands QC. He holds a law degree from Durham University and a first-class LLM degree from the University of Cambridge.

Remi accepts Direct Public Access instructions.

Police Law

 Remi has represented more than 20 police forces in civil proceedings relating to domestic violence, forced marriage, slavery, human trafficking, sexual behaviour orders, firearms licensing, anti-social behaviour, dangerous dogs, football hooliganism and civil forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

He has defended civil claims in the County Court and High Court for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault/battery, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and alleged breaches of Articles 3, 5, 8, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Remi has experience of claims encompassing personal injury as well as aggravated and exemplary damages. He has also advised Chief Officers in relation to sensitive operational and tactical matters.

Remi has resisted a judicial review claim against the IPCC brought by police officers and against a police force for an alleged failure to make reasonable adjustments.

He has carried out extensive disclosure and legal professional privilege reviews for police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Government Legal Department.

Remi also provides training to police forces, including most recently on:

  • Police powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014;
  • Police disclosure in family proceedings;
  • Forfeiture of money held in bank and building society accounts; and
  • Data processing under the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation and the Law Enforcement Directive.

Inquests

 Remi acts in sensitive and high-profile inquests including Article 2 inquests touching on police pursuits and deaths in custody. He co-authored the 5 Essex Court response to the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths.

Recent coronial work includes acting for Chief Officers in inquests arising from (i) the restraint of a man with acute behavioural disturbance; (ii) the suicide of a young man shortly after a decision not to detain him under s.136 of the Mental Health Act 1983; and (iii) a young mother who went missing in 2003 and was never seen again despite a detailed and thorough police investigation and extensive proof of life enquiries.

 Public / Administrative

 Remi’s public law and administrative work encompasses judicial review proceedings for police forces and public bodies. He has experience of public interest immunity applications in civil claims and public law proceedings.

He was instructed by Ofgem in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry and regularly acts for police forces in making and/or resisting disclosure applications in public law proceedings in the High Court Family Division.

Human rights issues arise throughout Remi’s practice, both domestic and international. He has advised on liability and damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and frequently acts in cases where human rights are engaged, either on a freestanding basis or in conjunction with other issues.

 Information law

 Remi has gained considerable experience of information law and data protection. He has defended claims relating to (i) alleged failures to comply with subject access requests; (ii) processing and sharing of information by public bodies; and (iii) alleged breaches of Article 8 ECHR.

Remi has advised police forces on disclosure and information sharing obligations stemming from the Data Protection Act 1998 and 2018 (DPA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive. He has also reviewed police force policy documents to ensure GDPR and DPA compliance.

 Public International Law

 Remi regularly advises States and has been involved in inter-State litigation before a range of international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Remi is currently junior counsel to Mauritius in relation to the dispute with the British Government over the Chagos Archipelago.

Before joining 5 Essex Court, Remi spent seven years working as a legal researcher to Professor Philippe Sands QC. In that capacity he was involved in cases involving inter alia the use of force, genocide, membership of international organisations, self-determination, boundary delimitation and maritime entitlements. Notable cases include:

  • Legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 (Request for an Advisory Opinion), International Court of Justice, 2017-present – counsel for Mauritius.
  • The South China Sea Arbitration (Philippines v China), UNCLOS Annex VII Arbitration, 2014-2016 – counsel for the Philippines.
  • Maritime and Land Boundary Dispute (Croatia v Slovenia), Arbitration under the auspices of the European Commission, 2012-2014 – adviser for Croatia.
  • The ‘ARA Libertad’ Case (Ghana v Argentina), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2012-2013 – adviser for Ghana (Provisional Measures Phase).
  • Maritime Boundary Dispute between Bangladesh and Myanmar (Bangladesh v Myanmar), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, 2010-2012 – junior counsel for Bangladesh.
  • Case concerning the ‘Marine Protected Area’ around the Chagos Archipelago, (Mauritius v UK), UNCLOS Annex VII Arbitration, 2010-2014 – junior counsel for Mauritius.
  • Maritime Boundary Dispute between Bangladesh and India (Bangladesh v India), UNCLOS Annex VII Arbitration, 2010-2014 – junior counsel for Bangladesh.
  • Case Concerning the Application of the Genocide Convention (Croatia v Serbia), International Court of Justice, 2009-2014 – adviser for Croatia.
  • Application of Article 11 of the Interim Accord (Macedonia v Greece), International Court of Justice, 2008-2011 – legal assistant for Macedonia.
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v Russia), International Court of Justice, 2008 – researcher for Georgia.

Remi also has experience of international investment arbitration and assisted Professor Sands in his capacity as arbitrator in a number of investment treaty claims. He recently assisted the counsel team acting for a construction company alleging breaches of obligations to (i) ensure fair and equitable treatment; (ii) not to impose discriminatory measures; (iii) comply with undertakings in good faith; and (iv) afford treatment no less favourable than to investors and investments of third countries.

 Sports Arbitration

 Remi has been appointed ad-hoc clerk in nine cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, including Giudicelli v ITF (CAS 2018/A/5987). Current appointments include cases involving (i) alleged doping – athletics and boxing; (ii) eligibility of candidates for election to a national sports governing body; (iii) an appeal against election results; and (iv) an appeal against disciplinary proceedings. Remi has also recently advised an international sports governing body on amendments to its constitution.

 

Career

Called to the Bar 2016,

James Hunt Prize for Advocacy – Gray’s Inn

Wilfred Watson Scholarship – Gray’s Inn, BPTC Award

Mould Scholarship – Gray’s Inn, Senior Scholarship

Leonard Coling Scholarship – Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Socrates Scholar – University of Durham

Languages

English and French

Memberships

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

International Law Association

Education

Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2016

University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College LL.M (first class) 

BPP London, BPTC (outstanding) 

University of Durham, Hild Bede College LL.B (hons)