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Firm Profile

5 Essex Court

Firm Profile


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  • 5 Essex Court
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 9AH

Firm profile submitted by 5 Essex Court

THE CHAMBERS 5 Essex Court is a long established set which has a formidable reputation in police law, public law, public inquiries, inquests and professional disciplinary matters. Members of chambers have an unrivalled record of appearance in almost every recent case or inquiry of substance concerning the police. Its members are commonly seen in the most high-profile and sensitive proceedings. 5 Essex Court comprises 41 members including 7 Queen’s Counsel. 10 of its barristers are members of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel, advising and representing HM Government, and two of its QC’s are special advocates. A number of members have security clearance to the level of Developed Vetted.

  • Fiona Barton QC (1986) (QC 2011)
  • Geoffrey Tattersall QC (1970) (QC-1992)
  • Jason Beer QC (1992) (QC 2011)
  • Jeremy Johnson QC (1994) (QC 2011)
  • Anne Studd QC (1988) (QC-2012)
  • Samantha Leek QC (1993) (QC-2012)
  • Dijen Basu QC (1994) A (QC-2015)
  • John Bassett (1975)
  • Nicholas Wilcox (1977)
  • Charles Apthorp (1983)
  • A Alison Hewitt (1984)
  • Andrew Waters (1987)
  • Simon Walsh (1987)
  • Richard Oulton (1995)
  • A John-Paul Waite (1995)
  • Alan Payne (1996)
  • A Victoria von Wachter (1997)
  • A Melvyn Harris (1997)
  • A Alastair Hodge (1997)
  • Matthew Holdcroft (1998)
  • A Clare Harrington (1998)
  • A Daniel Hobbs (1998)
  • A Barnabas Branston (1999)
  • Russell Fortt (1999)
  • Charlotte Ventham (2001)
  • Francesca Whitelaw (2003)
  • Kate Cornell (2004)
  • Beatrice Collier (2004)
  • Claire Palmer (2004)
  • A Mark Thomas (2006)
  • A Georgina Wolfe (2006)
  • Jonathan Dixey (2007)
  • Peter Taheri (2007)
  • Cicely Harward (2008)
  • Alex Ustych (2010)
  • A Robert Talalay (2010)
  • Robert Cohen (2009)
  • Amy Clarke (2009)
  • Catriona Hodge (2012)
  • Alice Meredith (2013)
  • Aaron Moss (2013)
  • A John Goss (2015)
  • * Door Tenant A Direct/Public Access

Chambers’ expertise in civil and commercial matters includes advisory and advocacy work across a broad range of disputes including employment, contractual, licensing, personal injury, professional negligence and property. Chambers represent clients in both the public and private sectors and across the United Kingdom.

5 Essex Court prides itself in being approachable – chambers has a deep understanding and interest in its areas of expertise. A number of members accept direct access work.

Head of Chambers Fiona Barton QC
Senior Clerk Mark Waller Tenants 42

Police Law:
Chambers is instructed by virtually every police force in the country and leads in the field of police law. Chambers has the highest number of barristers specialising in police law of any set in the country. Its members have represented clients in many significant cases of public importance. Chambers stature in this area is reflected in the legal practice directories.
Public Law: Chambers acts for government departments, government agencies, police authorities and other public bodies. It has extensive experience in public inquiries, judicial review, the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Members of chambers appear in a broad spectrum of cases concerning equality, discrimination, civil liberties, disciplinary matters and immigration.
Public Inquiries: Members continue to lead in this area and are instructed in many high profile cases.
Inquests: Chambers has a substantial practice in this specialist area of legal practice. Members represent police forces, individual officers, the Prison Service (as well as private contractors), HM Coroners, NHS trusts, government bodies, and other public authorities and organisations. Work in this area includes: pre-inquest issues such as investigation, disclosure, the need for a jury, anonymity, the scope of inquests and the application of Article 2 of the ECHR; individual and organisational preparation for inquests; advocacy during the course of an inquest; advice and advocacy in relation to challenges to the decisions of coroners; and assistance in the aftermath of inquests in relation to the implementation of recommendations and ensuring organisational learning.
Disciplinary/regulatory: Chambers has a strong practice in professional disciplinary cases – these include representing the emergency services as well as organisations and professional associations in the health sector.
Employment: Members of chambers are at the forefront of employment jurisprudence, appearing in related jurisdictions from the Employment Tribunal to the Court of Appeal. The team comprises dedicated specialist practitioners, each with extensive personal experience of industry and commerce, who offer advice and advocacy on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work. Members of chambers have strength and depth in all areas of employment law relating to commercial organisations and a collective understanding to deal with the most complex issues. In addition to police forces, clients include global energy suppliers, international construction companies and investment banks, as well as employees at all levels.
Personal Injury: Chambers’ practice in this area includes both public and private sector work as well as work carried out under conditional fee agreements. Chambers’ expertise covers a broad spectrum of personal injury cases such as: product liability, workplace accidents, defective premises, highway/road traffic accidents and claims arising from vacations.