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5 Essex Court

Jason Beer

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant , Administrative & Public Law , Professional Discipline , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits

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Jason Beer QC
An outstanding silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile civil claims concerning police shootings and a host of other issues, including data protection breaches. He represents police forces in claims brought under the Human Rights Act, and in public inquiries, an area in which he is arguably the leading expert at the Bar.
Strengths: "He is very assured and measured, and is one of the leading police barristers. He provides exceptional legal analysis and is a persuasive advocate in this specialist area. He is involved in several high-value and demanding cases." "He is great in complex cases – a brilliant advocate who is incredibly astute and client-friendly." "A superb barrister who excels in complex and technical claims. He is an excellent tactician."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in an appeal arising from the Bridges challenge to the roll-out of facial recognition technology.
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

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Jason Beer QC
Excels in the management of administrative and public law proceedings relating to police conduct and data retention. He is typically instructed by police commissioners, the IPCC and other state agents. He is also a leading light in the field of public inquiries and acts in judicial reviews challenging coronial decisions. 
Strengths: "A true red carpet silk - you could not find anyone better in terms of his advocacy, his knowledge of the law, his written work and client handling, and just the way he conducts himself."
Recent work: Acted for the Metropolitan Police in resisting a judicial review of its decision to make a notification order against Simon Halabi in respect of sexual offences he had committed 20 years earlier in France.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Jason Beer QC
Sought out for his skilful representation of police officers facing serious allegations of misconduct. He is also extremely adept in judicial reviews and inquests scrutinising police conduct.
Strengths: "He is an academic lawyer who is very well trusted by judges, and you can rely on his word being right."
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

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Jason Beer QC
A true trailblazer in the field of public inquiries: having penned the seminal text on the subject he continues to pick up a plethora of key instructions in many of the most prominent inquiries undertaken, acting as counsel to the inquiry or for the police, government agencies and others.
Strengths: "He is the most outstanding practitioner: an amazing advocate and so well prepared." "He is an especially good lawyer, and a go-to for the government." "He obviously has great knowledge and a depth of experience. He's been involved in pretty much every public inquiry that's happened over the last 20 years and it's great to be able to draw on that experience."
Recent work: Represented the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The client had central government responsibility for fire safety issues and the building regulations system.
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Practice Areas

Inquests and Inquiries, Police, Public & Administrative, Professional Discipline and Corporate Manslaughter/Health and Safety investigations and prosecutions. Acted in the following public inquiries: Grenfell Tower, Anthony Grainger, Renewable Heat Incentive, IICSA, UCPI, Al-Sweady, Leveson, Baha Mousa, Billy Wright, Rosemary Nelson, Legionella in Barrow-in¬Furness, Hutton, Mubarak, Shipman, Stephen Lawrence; the following inquests: Fishmonger Hall Hillsborough, University of Manchester Radiation, 7/7 Bombings, Porton Down Nerve Gas, and New Cross Fire; the following JRs: Miranda (terrorist powers), GC & C (retention of biometric data), Children's Rights Alliance v Secretary of State for Justice (positive duties under ECHR), Halabi (compatibility of notification order regime), Maguire (article 2 engagement in care home context), W80 (self-defence test in police misconduct), Bridges (automated facial recognition) and Harry Dunn (diplomatic immunity); and the following police claims: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, Phone Hacking, Hayes v Merseyside Police (necessity of arrest), Madeline McCann, Omagh Bombing, and Operation Ore.

Career

Called to the Bar 1992; Silk 2011; Previously Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law - A Panel). Sits as Recorder on SE Circuit and Deputy High Court Judge (QBD and ChD).

Professional Memberships

ALBA, PIBA, ARDL

Publications

"Public Inquiries" (OUP, 2011).

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