Robert Talalay

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Bobby specialises in the areas of police law, public law, human rights and civil liberties, prison law, inquests, employment law and professional misconduct. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main practice areas.

Bobby was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel in February 2017.

Police Law

Bobby’s practice embraces all areas of civil, public and employment law relevant to policing. He acts in all types of case involving the police including judicial review, arrest, detention, misfeasance and malicious prosecution claims, claims for breaches of the ECHR (including claims concerning investigations (art.2 and 3), detention (art.5), and the right to privacy) misconduct, inquests, discrimination, personal injury and employment, and police involvement in family cases.

Bobby regularly appears in fast-track and multi-track trials, complex and high-profile misconduct proceedings, and inquests. His recent cases include:

The Chief Constable v S & Ors (FGM) [2016] EWFC B75 – Counsel for the Applicant Chief Constable in proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order, in which the court set out the applicable threshold for risk which needs to be met in these matters being a ‘real possibility’ or a ‘real and evidentially established risk’ of FGM.
Kyriacou v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Counsel for the Defendant in a claim for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, and assault and battery.
Kaye v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire – Counsel for the Defendant in a claim for malicious prosecution.
Re PS TreasurePresenting counsel for the Appropriate Authority in a two-week police discipline where a sergeant was dismissed for failing to respond to a stabbing incident, bullying, and using racist and homophobic language (see BBC news)
Re A/Insp. FrenchPresenting counsel for the Appropriate Authority in a high profile IPCC led investigation around the death of James Herbert (see The Guardian)
Re Ajidahun (dec’d) – Counsel for the MoJ in a prison inquest involving a death in prison

Public Law

Bobby regularly appears in the Administrative Court and accepts instructions in all areas of public law. He has particular experience in claims around data retention and disclosure by public authorities, challenges to investigative decisions and decisions on whether to prosecute, and in defending judicial reviews of cautions administered by the police. Bobby also has significant experience dealing with vexatious litigants. His recent cases include:

R (R) v The National Police Chiefs’ Council & Anor [2017] EWHC 2586 (Admin) – Junior counsel (led by Jason Beer QC) for the NPCC in a challenge to both the NPCC’s policy on retention of criminal record data and the legislation on disclosure of criminal records. The case also concerned national vetting policy.
R (P & G) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 2 Cr. App. R. 12 – Junior counsel for the Chief Constable of Surrey (led by Anne Studd QC) in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal concerning a challenge the administering of a reprimand for sexual offending and the legality of the scheme of retention and disclosure under the relevant guidance, the Police Act 1997 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 obliging the Chief Constable to disclose the reprimand.
Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset v Gray [2016] EWHC 2998 (QB) – Counsel for the Chief Constable in this leading case on applications to extend General Civil Restraint orders.
R (Manser) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] EWHC 3642 (Admin) – Counsel for the Commissioner in resisting a claim for judicial review of a caution. The claim concerned the amount of evidence the police are required to provide and whether a caution can be offered for a lesser offence than that for which the Claimant was arrested.

Employment Law

Bobby is regularly instructed in a wide range of employment matters in both the ET and the EAT. He has experience defending claims for discrimination and whistle blowing and successfully defended a constabulary in the largest tribunal proceedings in their history. Bobby has also represented both Claimants and Respondents in the ET and EAT, and has experience of drafting advices and pleadings in all employment matters. His recent cases include a trial for constructive dismissal and an appeal in the EAT against a finding that the Appellant had been fairly dismissed.

Personal Injury Law

Bobby undertakes court and written work in a broad range of personal injury matters, including employers’ liability claims, slipping and tripping, RTAs, and incidents involving animals.


Bobby graduated with a First in History from University College London before converting to law. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in October 2010 and was awarded the David Karmel and Bedingfield Scholarships (Gray’s Inn).


Bobby is a life-long QPR fan, a former skiing instructor, and a devotee of blues music.