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 his practice focuses on areas of public law, human rights (domestic and international), immigration and asylum, inquests, inquiries, and claims against the police and other public bodies.

Alan acts for variety of clients including police forces, prison services, local authorities and government departments. He routinely appears in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, has also appeared on a number of occasions in the Supreme Court. He is described as “a pugnacious opponent” and “a man of no compromise but who is straight as a die” whom “the courts like and respect”. His clients value his “broad public law knowledge” and commend him for being “reliable, hard-working, and straightforward in his dealings” (Chambers UK).

Current and recent examples of his work acting for the SSHD include:

Kamoka v Security Service, FCO, Home office - a public misfeasance damages claim.

AB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 383 – whether a person has to remain within the UK in order to be granted refugee status.

Corbiere & Ors  v Ke Xu (Defendant) & Secretary of State for the Home Department (Intervener) [2018] EWHC 112 (Ch) – whether Article 6 ECHR required that an order be made restraining the defendant to the civil proceedings from leaving the UK until the end of the proceedings.

FE  v YE (Respondent) & Secretary of State for the Home Department (Intervener) [2018] 2 WLR 200 – whether a claim for asylum made by an abducted child prevented their return under the Hague Convention.

MM & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10 – whether the income requirements imposed by the Immigration Rules were lawful.

Supawan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2918 – whether a person who works at a takeaway restaurant can qualify as a chef for the purpose of the Shortage Occupation List.

Alan is Junior Counsel to The Crown Panel of Counsel for Government work – A Panel.