5 Essex Court

Alan Payne QC

Call 1996
Silk 2019

“He’s frustratingly good…skilful and conscientious. The courts like and respect him"
Chambers UK

Alan took silk in 2019 and is “known for defending police forces against civil claims of false imprisonment, misfeasance and breaches of the Human Rights Act” (Chambers UK 2020). He specialises in all areas of police law, public law, inquests, public inquiries, trafficking and immigration law, and employment law. 

Before taking silk Alan was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel. In this capacity he acted (and continues to act) for the Government in a wide range of civil and public law cases, He is Develop Vetted and frequently represents the Government/police in relation to sensitive cases which often have a national security element. His multi-disciplinary experience enables him to provide a service across a range of jurisdictions and fields of law. 

Alan has been involved landmark cases at every level, including the Supreme Court, and is regularly instructed in prominent Inquiries and Inquests.

He is described as: -

  • “A very impressive silk” (Legal 500 2020), 
  • "Newly established silk known for defending police forces against civil claims of false imprisonment, misfeasance and breaches of the Human Rights Act who has  “An excellent legal brain and a very capable advocate.” (Chambers UK 2020).
  • "A very able advocate…dogged and fierce in his litigation” for whom “the courts have a lot of respect for him.”  (Chambers UK 2020).
  • “Gives a lot of attention to detail, and is very approachable and great technically.” (Chambers UK 2020).
  • He is particularly adept at handling Article 8 cases that concern the interaction between Strasbourg and domestic law (Chambers UK 2020).
  • He is “a pugnacious opponent” and “a man of no compromise but who is straight as a die” whom “the courts like and respect” (Chambers UK 2019). 
  • His clients value his “broad public law knowledge” and commend him for being “reliable, hard-working, and straightforward in his dealings” (Chambers UK 2019).