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 is recognised as a leading silk specialising in public inquiries, inquests, police law, public law, data protection & information law and advisory work. He represents central government, public authorities, police forces, and corporations in complex, high-profile and sensitive investigations, inquiries, judicial reviews and civil claims. He regularly acts on behalf of the police, central government and other public authorities in prominent cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Due to his multi-disciplinary background (before taking silk he was on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel to the Crown) he is able to provide a service across a range of jurisdictions, fields of law and tribunals (including the Information Tribunal). Recent and ongoing inquiries include the COVID Inquiry, the Under Cover Policy Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Manchester bombing Inquiry, the Azelle Rodney Inquiry. He has also acted in a number of judicial reviews of Inquiry decisions; including challenges to anonymity decisions in the UCPI Inquiry and a judicial review of the proposed report in Azelle Rodney Inquiry. Recent case law includes Young v Chief Constable of Warwickshire [2022] EWHC 447 (misfeasance); G (A Child), Re [2021] UKSC 9 (Refugee Convention/Hague Convention; abducted children); R (Secretary of State v First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) [2021] EWHC 1690 (lead case Covid challenge to financial support destitute/homeless).