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Jason Beer QC

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5 Essex Court (Chambers of Jason Beer QC)

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Jason specialises in public inquiries, inquests, public law and police law. He represents a range of clients, including central government, public authorities, police forces, coroners, and corporations.



Jason often leads teams of counsel in complex, high-profile and sensitive investigations, inquiries and claims.  His multi-disciplinary background allows him to provide a service across a range of jurisdictions and fields of law (before taking silk, he was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Civil A Panel); he currently sits as a Recorder on the South-Eastern Circuit).  Clients appreciate his ability to take a case from the investigatory stage (including giving advice on issues of criminal law such as corporate manslaughter and health and safety), advising or acting in any inquest or inquiry, appearing in any misconduct, criminal or disciplinary proceedings, and then handling any civil proceedings (including appellate proceedings right up to the Supreme Court).  He has provided this end-to-end service in a number of the most prominent cases of the last two decades. 

Jason has acted in the following public inquiries: The Grenfell Tower Inquiry (for central Government), Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry (for Ofgem), Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (for a number of police forces), Undercover Policing Inquiry (for a number of police forces and individual officers), Anthony Grainger Inquiry (as Counsel to the Inquiry), Al-Sweady Inquiry (as Counsel to the Inquiry), Leveson Inquiry (for the MPS Director of Communications), Baha Mousa Inquiry (for a group of whistleblowing soldiers), Billy Wright Inquiry (for 92 Governors and prison officers), Rosemary Nelson Inquiry (for central Government), Legionella in Barrow-in-Furness (as Counsel to the Inquiry), Hutton Inquiry (for the family of Dr Kelly), Mubarek Inquiry (for the MPS), Shipman Inquiry (for central Government), and Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (for the MPS).

His inquest experience includes: The Hillsborough Inquests (for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club), Birmingham Pub Bombings (for a police force), Henry Hocks (fatal police pursuit), University of Manchester Radiation Inquests (for the University), 7/7 Bombings (submissions for the MPS), Porton Down Nerve Gas Inquest (for the Ministry of Defence), and the New Cross Fire Inquests (for the MPS).

Examples of his public law work include: Jermaine Baker (test for self-defence in misconduct proceedings); Miranda (terrorist powers), Concordia (public interest immunity in warrant applications), GC & C (retention of biometric data), Children's Rights Alliance v Secretary of State for Justice (positive duties under ECHR).

Examples of his police law litigation work include: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police (for South Yorkshire Police), Phone Hacking (for the MPS), Hayes v Merseyside Police (necessity of arrest), Howarth v Gwent Police (misfeasance), Madeleine McCann (instructed to intervene of behalf of the Law Officers); Omagh Bombing (for Special Branch), and Operation Ore (for the National Crime Agency).

He has acted on behalf of schools, academies, G4S, British Telecom, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and Chief Constables in health and safety investigations and proceedings.

Jason is the Head of Chambers at 5 Essex Court.


Called to the Bar 1992; Silk 2011; Previously Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law – Civil A Panel). Developed Vetted. Recorder on SE Circuit.

He is the author of the leading practitioner’s text, Public Inquiries, published by Oxford University Press.



London Bar

Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex CourtExtremely hardworking, intelligent and completely unflappable under extreme pressure.

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

Jason Beer QC - 5 Essex CourtA leading practitioner in the malicious prosecutions arena with tremendous work ethic.

Within: Police law (defendant)

5 Essex Court is ‘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 ‘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 ‘sext’ sent via Snapchat by a fourteen year old child.

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