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Chambers of Jason Beer QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9AH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7410 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7410 2010
DX:
1048 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.5essexcourt.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A highly regarded specialist chambers’, 5 Essex Court is β€˜a leading police law set with real strength at all levels and a genuine commitment to this sector’. It is also β€˜arguably the best set for public authority inquest and inquiry work’. According to some it is β€˜a first choice for the more complex and high-profile work of this type’. Chambers is β€˜very commercial in terms of pricing structure’ and β€˜good at communication so that distance never an issue’; β€˜Counsel obviously have accessibility ingrained as a mantra.’ Providing an β€˜excellent service’, the β€˜outstanding’ clerks’ room, helmed by Mark Waller, β€˜do its utmost to assist clients and go the extra mile’. Waller β€˜leads by example’ alongside team leaders James Cole and Paul Read, who are β€˜first rate’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

5 Essex Court

5 Essex Court’s barristers β€˜are intellectually very bright, professional and always prepared’. Fiona Barton QC’s police law expertise extends to acting for the National Crime Agency in the inquiry into the shooting by Greater Manchester Police officers and which included issues of public interest immunity. Jason Beer QC is leading a team in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who had central government responsibility for fire safety issues until 2016.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜Well regarded for inquests and inquiries with a police element.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜Extremely hardworking, intelligent and completely unflappable under extreme pressure.’

Ranked: tier 2

Samantha Leek QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜She quickly wins the trust of clients and the judge or coroner.’

Ranked: tier 2
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Alison Hewitt - 5 Essex Court β€˜Hugely respected for inquests – good at advising coroners and they use her a great deal.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

5 Essex Court

5 Essex Court is β€˜a highly regarded specialist set, making it a go-to for all areas of police law’. Its members frequently act for police forces. Jason Beer QC represented South Yorkshire Police in the Court of Appeal defending a claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard. Sir Cliff’s home was raided by the force in 2014 as part of β€˜Operation Yewtree’ after media organisations had been tipped off that the search was going to happen; Richard was never charged with any offence. Among the junior ranks, Charlotte Ventham is instructed by Greater Manchester Police in a judicial review claim concerning the retention of a crime report relating to a β€˜sext’ sent via Snapchat by a fourteen year old child.

Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜Instructed by chief constables in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜A leading practitioner in the malicious prosecutions arena with tremendous work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Johnson QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜Able to see the bigger picture, he is great at articulating points to clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anne Studd QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜She represents police forces in inquiries on top of arrest warrant work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Samantha Leek QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜She handles inquests and inquiry representation for police forces and officers.’

Ranked: tier 3
Police law (defendant) – 2019 silks

Alan Payne QC - 5 Essex Court β€˜He represents forces in civil cases and inquests.’

Ranked: tier 1
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Charlotte Ventham - 5 Essex Court β€˜Very strong, both intellectually and on the paperwork.’

Ranked: tier 1

Beatrice Collier - 5 Essex Court β€˜She appears in malicious prosecution and human rights cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Georgina Wolfe - 5 Essex Court β€˜Bright and very capable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Dixey - 5 Essex Court β€˜Instructed by forces on high-profile issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Waters - 5 Essex Court β€˜Very good with clients and witnesses, he is excellent at getting to the core of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ciceley Hayward - 5 Essex Court β€˜A very persuasive and articulate young barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Thomas - 5 Essex Court β€˜He handles Court of Appeal matters, unled, for forces.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Cohen - 5 Essex Court β€˜Tenaciously brilliant, combined with sound practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Talalay - 5 Essex Court β€˜Excellent on his feet dealing with difficult questions from the bench.’

Ranked: tier 3

Russell Fortt - 5 Essex Court β€˜He responds quickly and adopts an outside-the-box approach to litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A highly regarded specialist chambers’, 5 Essex Court is β€˜a leading police law set with real strength at all levels and a genuine commitment to this sector’. It is also β€˜arguably the best set for public authority inquest and inquiry work’. According to some it is β€˜a first choice for the more complex and high-profile work of this type’. Chambers is β€˜very commercial in terms of pricing structure’ and β€˜good at communication so that distance never an issue’; β€˜Counsel obviously have accessibility ingrained as a mantra.’ Providing an β€˜excellent service’, the β€˜outstanding’ clerks’ room, helmed by Mark Waller, β€˜do its utmost to assist clients and go the extra mile’. Waller β€˜leads by example’ alongside team leaders James Cole and Paul Read, who are β€˜first rate’. Offices in: London

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