5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011

Police Law

Fiona is one of the country’s leading QCs specialising in police law.

She represents the police in public inquiries, inquests, judicial reviews and civil jury actions. Fiona advises on all aspects of police powers including both policy and operational issues. She is regularly instructed to represent Appropriate Authorities in police misconduct proceedings. Details of cases in the respective disciplines are set out below.

Fiona has particular expertise in dealing with high profile or highly sensitive cases involving substantial quantities of documents and public interest immunity issues.

Fiona has almost 30 years’ experience in civil actions involving the police including CHIS and witness protection claims and issues arising in the family courts. Her cases include:

[2017] Coghlan v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and others – Acted for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester in the civil claim arising out of the arrest of Arran Coghlan on suspicion of murder of Stephen Akinyemi.

[2017] Chatwani v NCA – Acted  for the NCA in this high value civil claim arising out of the execution of warrants

[2017] Bourne v Taylor – Acted for the PCC of Sussex in proceedings brought by her in the High Court pursuant to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997

[2016] Boyd v Chief Constable of Cleveland – Acted for the Chief Constable of Cleveland in a sensitive civil claim arising from disclosure issues in a bad on bad kidnap trial.

[2016] Child X v Chief Constable of Sussex –  Acting for the Chief Constable in a civil claim for damages arising out of a high profile case involving multiple arrests of a child suffering from a genetic condition causing behavioural issues.

[2016] McGoldrick and Turnbull v Chief Constable of Northumbria Police – Acting for the Chief Constable regarding the civil claims arising from a high profile shooting by Michael Atherton on New Year’s Day 2012.

[2015] Powell v Chief Constable of West Midlands – Acted for the Chief Constable of West Midlands defending the claim brought by the family of ‘Mikey Powell’ following his death in police custody. The death led to racial tensions and high profile public campaign for justice.