Introduction – 5 Essex Court is a long established set which prides itself on its exemplary service to clients, deep understanding of the areas of law in which it specialises and its ability to deliver thorough yet practical advice. Our members are skilled advocates, often appearing in the most complex and sensitive of cases across England and Wales. Its members are served by a first class clerking team. Many of our members are able to accept work directly without the need to receive instructions via a solicitor (“Direct Access”).
5 Essex Court comprises 42 members including 7 Queen’s Counsel. 10 of our barristers are members of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel, advising and representing HM Government, and two of our QC’s are special advocates. A number of our members have security clearance to the level of Developed Vetted.
Police Law – 5 Essex Court has a formidable reputation in all aspects of police law including inquests, civil actions (including personal injury and psychiatric injury claims), disciplinary and employment matters. Chambers is seen as a “one-stop shop” for police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members of chambers have an unrivalled record of appearance in almost every recent case or inquiry of substance concerning the police. Recent cases include: Mouncher v Chief Constable of South Wales; Watson and Boyd v Chief Constable of Cleveland Police; and McGoldrick and Turnbull v Chief Constable of Durham. Members have also been instructed in cases concerning phone hacking and undercover policing issues.
Public inquiries – Members of chambers are frequently instructed in the most high-profile and sensitive public inquiries acting for police forces, central government or public authorities. Current cases include: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; The Undercover Policing Inquiry; and The Anthony Grainger Inquiry.
Employment law – 5 Essex Court has a highly regarded employment law team. Its expertise extends to every aspect of employment law. Members represent and advise both employers and employees whether in the private or public sector. Many have had commercial experience before joining the Bar. Members regularly appear in cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal as well as Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Its members are renowned for their thoroughness and ability to handle complex, specialist and delicate cases and, in particular, those involving sensitive confidentiality issues and security aspects. Recent cases include: Essop v The Home Office; Way v Spectrum Property Care Ltd; and NHS Direct v Gunn.
Inquests – Members of chambers have particular expertise in inquests and have appeared in many of the most high profile cases in recent years. Clients include: the police, private security organisations, prison services, hospitals, universities as well as government departments such as the Ministry of Defence. Current/recent cases include: The Tunisia Shootings; Birmingham Pub Bombings; Deepcut; and The 7/7 London Bombings.
Personal Injury & Medical Negligence – Chambers has a specialist team dealing with all areas of personal injury and medical negligence law including fatal accidents and injuries of the upmost severity (those affecting the spine and/or brain). It has particular expertise in advising upon accidents at work and psychiatric injury claims. Recent cases include: Yapp v Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Public / Administrative Law – Members of chambers frequently appear before the Administrative Court often in cases that are particularly sensitive or those that are breaking new ground. Members’ expertise in public and administrative law includes claims concerning human rights and civil liberties, criminal law and public protection, immigration and asylum and police/prisons. Recent cases before the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court include: R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; R (Catt) v Association of Chief Police Officers; and G v Chief Constable of Surrey Police.