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UK Bar All Circuits Police Law: Mainly Defendant

This section features sets and barristers who defend police forces, the IPCC and coroners against actions and judicial review proceedings, including issues relating to unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, treatment in custody and inquests.

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Band 1
  1. 5 Essex Court
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    5 Essex Court
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    5 Essex Court offers extraordinary depth of expertise in the defence of police forces in the full gamut of civil claims, including misfeasance in public office, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault. The barristers are sought out to represent the police at inquests and in other sensitive matters involving the death of members of the public. Other notable work arises from matters including the use and retention of data on offenders, or the conduct of police investigations. Recently Jason Beer KC represented Northamptonshire Police in a judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision that Anne Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution over the death of Harry Dunn.
  2. Serjeants' Inn Chambers
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    Serjeants' Inn Chambers
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Serjeants' Inn Chambers possesses a formidable bench of barristers adept at handling a broad range of issues on behalf of police forces throughout England and Wales. Members are entrusted with the defence of extremely high-stakes civil claims, including those concerning deaths involving the police. They have also been instructed in numerous inquests examining alleged investigatory failures in murder or manslaughter cases. They have continued to act in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and policing aspects of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
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Band 2
  1. 3 Raymond Buildings
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    3 Raymond Buildings
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 2 | 2 Years Ranked
    3 Raymond Buildings stands out for its team of accomplished barristers who offer a dedicated service to police clients. The chambers is perhaps best known in this field for representing police officers in disciplinary matters or parallel criminal proceedings. Notable examples include the death of the ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson, in which the officer involved was represented in subsequent proceedings by Patrick Gibbs KC and Ailsa Williamson. In addition, the barristers are instructed by police forces in prominent judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries.
  2. Deka Chambers
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    Deka Chambers
    Police Law: Mainly Defendant
    2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Deka Chambers combines the forces of two sets with a strong reputation for representing police forces across the country. Acting for the Metropolitan Police, the National Crime Agency and other leading organisations, the barristers are renowned for their work defending civil claims against the police. They have represented forces in a number of high-profile inquiries including the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and have been involved in the group action civil claims following the Hillsborough inquests.