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Fiona Barton QC

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5 Essex Court (Chambers of Jason Beer QC)

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Fiona specialises in Police Law; Inquests and Inquiries; Public and Administrative; Professional Discipline; Human Rights and Information Law. She appears regularly in high profile, sensitive and ground-breaking cases up to Supreme Court level. 


Examples of her work include: The London Bridge Terrorist Attack Inquests [2019] – Acting for City of London Police. The Perepilichnyy Inquest [2018] – Acting for Surrey Police in the inquest concerning the alleged poisoning of a Russian whistleblower. Coghlan v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and others [2018] – Acting for Greater Manchester Police in the civil claim arising out of the arrest of Arran Coghlan on suspicion of murder of Stephen Akinyemi. [2017] Chatwani v NCA [2017} – Acting  for the NCA in high value civil claim arising out of the execution of warrants. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse [2016] - for Surrey Police in the Anglican Church Section of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Hillsborough Inquests [2014-2016] –For South Yorkshire Police in the inquests into the Hillsborough Disaster. Nunn [2014] – Acting for Suffolk Constabulary in the Supreme Court concerning post-conviction disclosure obligations. Al Hilli Alps Murders [2013] – For Surrey Police in the family proceedings concerning care of the All Hilli children following the murder. A v B Constabulary [2013] – Test case concerning the vetting of police contractors. Powell v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2013] – Complex high value civil jury action. Icelandic Bank Collapse (Tchenguiz) [2012] – Successfully defended the actions of City of London Police re the arrest of Robert Tchenguiz in connection with his dealings with the collapsed bank. Cumbria Shootings Inquests [2011] – Represented Cumbria Police in the inquests into the deaths of Derrick Bird and his victims. 7/7 London Bombing Inquests [2010] – For City of London Police in the inquests into the deaths of the 52 victims. L v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2009] UKSC 3 – Supreme Court test case on behalf of the Commissioner concerning the scope of Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.


Called to the bar 1986; Silk 2011.

London Bar

Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex CourtWell regarded for inquests and inquiries with a police element.

Within: Inquests and inquiries

5 Essex Court’s barristers ‘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.

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Police law (defendant)

Within: Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Fiona Barton QC - 5 Essex CourtInstructed by chief constables in challenging cases.

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