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5 Essex Court

Professional Discipline

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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5 Essex Court is a strong set of chambers for police disciplinary matters. Members are selected by over half of all police forces in the country to present disciplinary proceedings. Barristers from the set additionally represent the IOPC in related matters. Their work takes in the prosecution of serious allegations relating to interactions between the police and public, inappropriate behaviour between colleagues, or substandard conduct while off duty. An interviewee comments: "They act for the police and are brilliant at it."

Client service:

"James Cole is very good: reactive and pleasant to deal with." "5 Essex Court always comes across as smart and professional; we have held client and expert conferences at chambers and they have always been hosted smoothly, with no request being too much trouble. We have never experienced an issue with the clerking service. They always action any requests promptly and respond to emails quickly, too." "The clerks are helpful, efficient and knowledgeable about their barristers' skill sets." Mark Waller is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Amy Clarke
Amy Clarke is highly adept in police disciplinary matters relating to sexual impropriety and abuse of power, among other forms of misconduct. She regularly acts for police services throughout the country.
"She pays fantastic attention to detail and is a real grafter who puts witnesses at ease." "A sensible and flexible barrister who isn't afraid to listen to you and make concessions."
Recent work: Acted for West Midlands and Staffordshire Police in a case against an officer alleging sexual impropriety on and off duty.

Strengths:

Anne Studd QC
Anne Studd QC is highlighted for her involvement in high-profile police disciplinary matters. She represents forces in presenting matters arising from misconduct both on and off the beat, in addition to appeals concerning decisions of forces or the IOPC.
"Favoured by clients for her skill in getting straight to the heart of the issue, however voluminous the material which she is presented with."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the high-profile case of Superintendent Novlett Robyn Williams, who successfully appealed her dismissal after being convicted of paedophilia when she was sent an unsolicited video via WhatsApp, which she did not view.

Strengths:

Barnabas Branston
Barnabas Branston is a recognised as an expert barrister in disciplinary procedures involving police officers. He routinely acts on behalf of police forces in cases involving the use of excessive force and gross misconduct. He also acts for the police in inquests.
"Commands respect from the panel and has a pragmatic approach to complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for Hampshire Police in a case surrounding allegations of dishonesty against an officer who had lied about aspects of her private life in pursuit of a relationship with a colleague.

Strengths:

Fiona Barton QC
Fiona Barton QC is a renowned silk who possesses a wealth of experience in police discipline matters. She is particularly capable in defending allegations of gross misconduct. She is also called upon to handle significant inquests and judicial reviews.
"Extremely experienced."
Recent work: Acted for the IOPC in a case surrounding the conduct of six officers relating to the death of Leon Briggs.

Strengths:

Francesca Whitelaw
Francesca Whitelaw is a dedicated representative of police forces across the country. She handles all aspects of civil law relating to the police and frequently appears in misconduct hearings before the Police Appeals Tribunal. She is also experienced in complex judicial reviews arising out of disciplinary proceedings.
"A very hard worker; she is charming, has good tactical skills and produces impressive precise advocacy."

Strengths:

Jason Beer QC
Jason Beer QC is well known as one of the leading lights of the police law Bar, and is in constant demand among chief constables throughout the land. He is a top choice for presenting serious allegations of misconduct against senior officers. Related public law challenges form a complementary area of expertise.
"He's incredibly calm and measured. I think very highly of him."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a judicial review of the IOPC's decision to direct disciplinary proceedings against Officer W80 following the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker in 2015.

Professional Discipline

5 Essex Court

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5 Essex Court

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 9AH

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Anne Studd QC
Band 4
Fiona Barton QC
Band 4
Jason Beer QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Barnabas Branston
Band 3
Francesca Whitelaw
Band 4