Alison Hewitt > Chambers of Jason Beer QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jason Beer QC
5 Essex Court

Work Department

Inquests/ Coronial Law; Public/ Administrative Law; Police Law; Personal Injury; Professional Regulatory.


Alison  specialises in inquests and is very experienced in all aspects of coronial law and procedure. She has acted as “Counsel to the Inquest” in many long and complex cases including the high-profile and sensitive inquests into the deaths of Ian Tomlinson, Poppi Worthington, Terrence Smith, and Christine and Lucy Lee. Alison also represents a wide range of clients at inquests, including Police Constabularies, private prisons, NHS Trusts, care homes and local authorities. Most of her work concerns deaths involving state agencies or private organisations, in particular deaths in custody (including restraint deaths) or in detention under the Mental Health Act, and deaths with a background of complex clinical care. Additionally, Alison regularly acts for coroners and others in judicial review claims relating to inquests; she is currently instructed in the case of Maughan (concerning the standard of proof for a suicide conclusion) which is to be considered by the Supreme Court. Alison’s other principal area of practice is Police Law. She advises and represents Chief Constables in relation to civil claims, professional standards/misconduct matters and judicial review. For example, she acted for the Metropolitan Commissioner as part of linked appeals which considered the lawfulness of the revised statutory scheme for the disclosure of convictions and its compatibility with Article 8 ECHR and has recently represented West Midlands Police at hearings before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


Called to the Bar 1984; Alison has been an Assistant Coroner herself since 2007 and became HM Senior Coroner for the City of London (a part-time role) in 2016. She also acts as a Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council


The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales; PIBA

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

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Alison Hewitt

5 Essex Court

Excellent and methodical as well as a respected and trusted advocate.

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.