About Us

5 Essex Court is a long-established civil set of barristers recognised for its exemplary service to clients, depth and breadth of experience in its areas of specialism and its ability to deliver thorough yet practical advice.

Our members are skilled advocates, often appearing in the most high-profile, complex and sensitive of cases across England and Wales. Members are supported by a first-class clerking team.

5 Essex Court comprises 42 members including 7 Queen’s Counsel. 12 of our barristers are members of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel, advising and representing HM Government, and two of our QCs are special advocates. A number of our members have security clearance to the level of Developed Vetted.

Many of our barristers are qualified to accept Direct Access instructions.

Areas of specialism:

Police Law 5 Essex Court has a formidable reputation in all aspects of police law including inquests, civil actions, disciplinary and employment matters. Chambers is considered a ‘one-stop’ go-to set for police forces. Members of chambers have an unrivalled record of appearance in almost every recent case or inquiry of substance concerning the police.

Public Inquiries Members of chambers are frequently instructed in the most high-profile and sensitive public inquiries acting for police forces, central government and public authorities.

Inquests  Chambers has particular expertise in inquests and our members 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.

Employment Law – Our highly regarded employment team advises both employers and employees in the private and public sector on a full range of employment law matters. Many members 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, and are renowned for their ability to handle complex, specialist and delicate cases.

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.

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). Members have a particular expertise in advising upon accidents at work and psychiatric injury claims.