Police Law - All Circuits
Maintains a strong reputation for providing high-quality advocacy in the major police law cases, and devotes 35 barristers to this area of the law. Its silk line-up is particularly strong, and the set has the strength and depth to cover all instructions in matters ranging from public law challenges and inquests to civil claims for police misfeasance and negligence. Matters handled by the set include Morgan v South Wales Police, a case arising from the Lynette White murder, and Alam v Cleveland Police, a £1 million claim for abuse of powers and malicious prosecution. Speaking about the set's members, clients say: "You can be sure that they will know the issues that are important to the police force."
Client service: "The clerking team there is excellent. They are flexible and never let us down, so much so that I see them as an extension of our team. Mark Waller is an excellent chief clerk."
Jeremy Johnson QC
Acts for claimants and defendant police authorities in the full range of civil proceedings. He represents police authorities in matters concerning public law, employment law and internal disciplinary hearings, and is particularly good at dealing with claims that police officers have acted outside the law.
Expertise: "He is a very effective opponent, who is focused and prepares his cases very well." "He is logical and calm."
Recent work: Acted in R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, in a judicial review of the use of stop and search powers in the Court of Appeal.
Fiona Barton QC
A popular advocate tackling public and private law actions on behalf of police bodies, in cases ranging from the retention of information to deaths in custody. She also conducts internal hearings relating to police misconduct.
Expertise: "One of the finest police law barristers in the country, she is very approachable and good at advising on complex legal issues." "Her advice is always very useful and her pleadings are second to none."
Recent work: Acting in the Hillsborough inquest, and instructed in Nunn v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary, a case concerning a challenge to CPS disclosure practices.
Jason Beer QC
A public law specialist with a strong focus on public inquiries. He regularly defends police discrimination and misconduct claims.
Expertise: "He is incredibly astute and very client-friendly." "He is extremely well respected by judges for his intellect and for his understated and reliable advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for the Metropolitan Police in judicial review hearings brought by David Miranda following his detention at Heathrow airport.
Samantha Leek QC
Expertly acts in civil and public law proceedings, defending police and other public authorities. Practice areas include the torts of malicious prosecution, negligence and unlawful detention.
Expertise: "She is highly personable, approachable and accommodating." "She is very knowledgeable in what is a difficult area to understand."
Recent work: Instructed to appear in the inquest following the death of Ian Tomlinson. Also acted in the inquest following the death of Mark Duggan.
Anne Studd QC
Highly regarded for her efforts in high-profile and emotive police law cases. Her recent work has included claims of discrimination by the police.
Expertise: "She is very decisive and intellectually very bright."
Recent work: Acted in ZH v Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, where the police faced allegations of disability discrimination in their handling of an autistic child. Also appeared in the inquiry following the death of Azelle Rodney.
A vastly experienced police law advocate with significant experience of handling allegations of misfeasance in public office and false imprisonment, among others. He has also regularly acted in public inquiries and internal disciplinary proceedings.
Expertise: "He identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a case and presents it in a streamlined way that is palatable for the panel."
Recent work: Acted in Evans v Chief Constable of South Wales Police, a case concerning a claimant who was tasered in his home. Also appeared in Phillips v Chief Constable of Staffordshire, where it was alleged that police officers conducting a lawful search stole £700,000 worth of property.
Has a varied practice that is strong on human rights and protest law cases. He is also a specialist in public law challenges and advises regularly on the impact of equality legislation on police practices.
Expertise: "He has good communication skills and is well liked by clients." "He is very thorough and approachable at any time of day."
Recent work: Instructed in R (R) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Constabulary, a case regarding the collection of DNA of offenders not on the current database.
Well known for his inquest work at the Coroners' Courts. His wider practice includes internal disciplinary proceedings and actions against the police brought by members of the public.
Expertise: "He is great; the clients absolutely love him."
Recent work: Acted in an inquest on behalf of the Metropolitan Police into the shooting of Dorothy Groce in her home in 1985.
Defends in cases where police officers are accused of tortious acts including assault, wrongful arrest and misfeasance in public office. He is further experienced in judicial review and police misconduct hearings.
Expertise: "He is very confident and businesslike, and he manages the client's expectations appropriately."
Recent work: Acting in the inquest over the deaths of 96 people at Hillsborough stadium in the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final.
Has a wide-ranging practice that covers claims resting on civil liberties arguments and cases of failure to protect. She also undertakes employment and inquest work on behalf of police clients.
Expertise: "She is extremely friendly, very bright and good to work with."
Recent work: Acted in R (AXT) v Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary, which concerned a decision to close a rape investigation without informing the CPS.
Provides high-quality advice to police clients on matters varying from malicious prosecution to trespass to the person. She also advises on policy issues with regard to the Human Rights Act.
Expertise: "She is very thorough and presents everything in a very calm way."
Regularly acts in cases regarding false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and police omissions, among other matters. He also provides advice in disciplinary and misconduct hearings, and is experienced in judicial review.
Expertise: "He has superior cross-examination skills and is impressive in terms of his oral submissions."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in a judicial review regarding a human rights challenge to the retention of identifying data for non-convicted individuals.
Held in high regard due to her significant defendant practice that covers the full range of civil and public claims relating to acts of police negligence, misfeasance and malice. She is capable of handling inquests.
Expertise: "She is very, very good at going through complex medical records and picking out the best points to use." "She has a very analytical, scientific way of going through the evidence."
Recent work: Acted in Vian v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, defending against a claimant suing for malicious prosecution and misfeasance following acquittal in a murder trial.
Displays skill in both employment law and cases of police malpractice, but is also known for her ability in cases with a human rights dimension.
Expertise: "She has an excellent grasp of employment law and is an effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted in the important case of T v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, a matter that had significant data protection implications for Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates.
Enjoys a strong reputation in this area and defends in a vast array of civil causes of action, including those concerning negligence, police omissions and unlawful detention. Expertise: "She has a very strong grasp of the details of police regulations and is authoritative as a legal adviser." "She has a good blend of practicality, pragmatism, academic ability and commercial awareness."
Recent work: Acted in CLG, AJD and JAD v Merseyside Police, a case featuring human rights claims for breaches of Articles 2 and 8 of the ECHR.
An excellent trial advocate with comprehensive knowledge of police law and experience of handling inquiries, inquests and employment law matters. His personal injury expertise is particularly useful in negligence and assault claims against the police.
Recent work: Engaged on behalf of the Metropolitan Police to provide disclosure advice on the high-profile phone hacking case involving Mirror Group Newspapers.