5 Essex Court

Top-tier civil law set of chambers recognised for our exemplary client service, depth and breadth of experience in our specialist areas and the outstanding quality of our counsel.

"It's the most comprehensive police offering at the Bar and in my view the best – the depth and breadth of talent is outstanding"
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“5 Essex Court’s barristers are at the cutting edge of everything”
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“arguably the best set for public authority inquest and inquiry work”
Legal 500
5 Essex Court are ‘leaders in the field’, have ‘fearsome intellects’, and are ‘formidable opponents, yet very approachable and pleasant to work with’
Legal 500
“a fabulous set you will find in nearly every groundbreaking reported case, inquiry or inquest”
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7 Apr 21

Jason Beer QC, Francesca Whitelaw and Georgina Wolfe appear in the Pre-Inquest Review hearing of the Inquest into the Death of Dawn Sturgess

On 30 March 2021, Baroness Heather Hallett DBE PC held her first pre-inquest review since her appointment as Coroner in the Inquest Touching on the Death of Dawn Sturgess.

Dawn Sturgess died in 2018 having been poisoned by novichok after the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. 

12 Apr 21

Jason Beer QC, Fiona Barton QC, Samantha Leek QC, Francesca Whitelaw, Georgina Wolfe, Aaron Moss & Jennifer Wright commence Fishmongers Hall Inquests

The Inquests into the deaths of Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, who were killed at Fishmongers' Hall in the City of London on 29 November 2019, began today.

7 Apr 21

High Court ruling on consultation requirement for civil injunctions: R(AM) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2021] EWHC 796 (Admin)

In a ruling handed down on 31 March 2021 in R(AM) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2021] EWHC 796 (Admin), Steyn J gave guidance on the consultation requirement for civil injunctions against youths under Part 1 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.