Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits
Alan Payne QC is known for defending police forces against civil claims of false imprisonment, misfeasance and breaches of the Human Rights Act, in addition to public law challenges.
Strengths: "He works extremely hard and thinks about cases tactically. He puts up a hard fight."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Director of Public Prosecutions in a claim for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and breach of human rights, arising from disclosure failings in a gangland murder trial.
Immigration - London (Bar)
Alan Payne QC is an accomplished barrister who routinely acts for the government in immigration and human rights cases. His broad public law knowledge serves to strengthen his work in the field. He is particularly adept at handling Article 8 cases that concern the interaction between Strasbourg and domestic law.
Strengths: "He is very well regarded in the sector, he is extremely able and a very technical lawyer." "An effective and friendly opponent who is very proper in his approach."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in G v G, a Supreme Court case concerning the interaction between the Hague Convention on child abduction and the Refugee Convention 1951.
Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)
Alan Payne QC has a strong profile in this field, having represented the Home Office and various police clients in numerous inquests, in addition to high-profile matters such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Strengths: "He's a client-friendly barrister and has a good grasp of the issues." "He's very well prepared and able."
Recent work: Acted for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Health and Social Care at the inquest into the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, the first in which air pollution was noted as a cause of death.
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Public law, Police law, Inquests, Inquiries, Human Rights law, EU law, & Employment. Significant cases include: - G (A Child) Re  UKDC 9 (child abduction; asylum/ bar on enforcement Hague Convention); KMI v SSHD  EWHC 879 (Coronavirus & Article 3 accommodation); Safe Passage v SSHD  1821 (Family reunification; Ministers powers/duties) EU law H (A Child) (Disclosure of Asylum Documents), Re [2020 EWCA Civ 1001 (Confidentiality asylum material) Young v Chief Constable of Warwickshire  EWHC 308 (misfeasance/unlawful detention). FCO v M & Ors  EWCA Civ 142 (challenge to Inquiry decision into abuse on St Helena). H (A Child) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1001 (public interest in non-disclosure of asylum material). Hemmati v SSHD  UKSC 2019 – (challenge to EU foreign national detention system). SHU v SHSC  EWHC 3569 (challenge to National Health Service Regulations 2015). G4S v Dawn Luke  EWHC 1648 (death in custody/Article 2). Inquests: - Inquest into death Ella Adoo-Kiss-Debrah (Air pollution in London; Article 2); Fresh Inquest into death of Stuart Lubbock; Windrush related Inquest (limits of Article 2 engagement); Inquiries: - Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (multiple modules representing different police forces & private organisations). Undercover Policing Inquiry (representing undercover officers).
Called to the Bar 1996. Silk 2019. Previously Attorney General's 'A’ Panel (2011 - 2018)
Tolley's Employment Tribunals Handbook – 6th edition (published in 2021).