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’
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24 Oct 19

IICSA publishes report into Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has today published its report into Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School, a case study within the Inquiry’s wider investigation into the Roman Catholic Church.  

27 Sep 19

Register now for 5 Essex Court’s Inquest Conference 2019. 

Registration is now open for this year’s Inquest Conference to be held in London on the 25th of November and in Leeds on the 27th of November. Chaired by Samantha Leek QC, the conference will include speakers from our top tier inquest team including Fiona Barton QC and Anne Studd QC. The event is targeted at anyone involved in the inquest procedure. 


23 Oct 19

The inquests into the deaths of the twenty-two people killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack will now become a public inquiry.

Fiona Barton QC and Kate Cornell Act for Greater Manchester Police and Cicely Hayward Acts for the UK Government.