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5 Essex Court

Beatrice Collier

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits

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Beatrice Collier
Defends in civil claims pertaining to unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Her practice focuses on representing the police against claims driven by alleged breaches of the ECHR. She is also noted for utilising her public law knowledge to advise in police-focused judicial reviews.
Strengths: "She is responsive and collaborative."
Recent work: Advised the Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police in relation to claims for false imprisonment and assault, brought by a claimant who was strip-searched in custody. Advised the force to make a drop-hands offer, which was accepted by the claimant.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Beatrice Collier
Provides strong representation in matters scrutinising the actions or inaction of the police. She has additional expertise in mental health care, and is frequently instructed at inquests by NHS bodies as well as police forces.
Strengths: "Her oral advocacy is assured and persuasive and her written submissions are in the same vein." "She's a pleasure to work with. She gets to grips with the issues quickly and is always looking to find a sensible solution for the benefit of the client." "She does some very heavy-hitting inquests and is very good all round."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Chief Constable for Surrey Police in the fresh Guildford Pub Bombing inquests. The investigation concerned the IRA bombings themselves as well as miscarriages of justice that followed when the Guildford Four were wrongly convicted.
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Practice Areas

Police, human rights, public and administrative law, inquests and inquiries, mental health and capacity, data and information law.

Beatrice’s practice is a mixture of civil actions, judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries as well as work in the FTT and UT, and in the Court of Protection. Her clients include the police, various central government departments and local authorities, NHS Trusts, the IOPC, the CPS and the NPCC.

Recent work: R (ZD, XD) v NPCC, CPS and College of Policing (extraction of data from mobile phones in the context of criminal investigations); R(PMS) v SSHD & CNWL NHS Trust (mental health care in immigration detention); R (on the application of Damji Laurenson) v GMP; (the ‘Potentially Dangerous Person’ scheme) R(Owens) v Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys (unreported) (seizure and testing of animal DNA); R (Ghuman) v Thames Valley Police [2018] EWHC 2059 (Child Abduction Warning Notices); R(Brook) v Chief Constable of Lancashire Police [2018] EWHC 2024 (search warrants).

Numerous civil actions on behalf of the police and various other public bodies, including claims arising out of disclosure failings in the context of criminal proceedings (Liam Allan); wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malfeasance; Article 2/3/4 ECHR claims; disclosure of data.

Inquests into the deaths of Gaia Pope, Lisa Skidmore, Jacqueline Oakes and victims of Guildford Pub Bombings.

Career

Called to the Bar 2004. Appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel 2019. Co-host of the Pupillage Podcast.

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