5 Essex Court

Alan Payne QC

Call 1996
Silk 2019


Alan regularly acts in inquests for the Coroner, and for local authorities, police, prison service and other state bodies. He recently acted for the Coroner in a 3 week inquest involving complex issues surrounding cause of death and causation involving medical experts from multiple disciplines. In addition, he is currently acting for a Coroner in an application for a new Inquest.

Alan represented the Security Services in the high profile Inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed.

Alan has also acted in a number of judicial review relating to Inquests and funding for inquests. Examples include:

Kent County Council v HM Coroner for Kent (Defendant) & Mr and Mrs Barry (Interested Parties) [2012] EWHC 2768 - a successful challenge was made of the Coroner’s decision that Article 2 was engaged.

Sumaiya Patel v Lord Chancellor & Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London [2010] EWHC 2220 -  court held that the widow of one of the bombers responsible for the bombings in London on July 7, 2005 failed to show that there was a significant wider public interest in her having exceptional funding for legal representation at the inquest into the deaths caused by the bombings.