5 Essex Court

Alan Payne QC

Call 1996
Silk 2019


Alan routinely acts for Police Forces, Prison Services/companies, other Government Departments in significant Inquests.

He is currently instructed on behalf of a number of Government departments in the high profile inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah which will investigate the lawfulness of the steps taken to reduce London pollution.

In 2019 he acted for the Home Office in inquests relating to: -

  • A Windrush victim establishing that Article 2 was not engaged and thereby preventing wider scrutiny of the Government’s actions relating to the Windrush generation.
  • A prisoner who committed suicide in a detention centre which involved complex issues arising from his entitlement to be in the UK and the interplay between the responsibilities of the NHS and private prison contractors.

He also acted for the Coroner in a 3 week inquest involving complex issues surrounding cause of death and causation involving medical experts from multiple disciplines which was subsequently subject to an unsuccessful judicial review (R (on the application of Gerard Parkinson) v HM Senior Coroner for Kent & (1) Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust (2) Sameer Hijazi (Interested Parties) [2018] 4 WLR 106).

In addition, Alan has been involved 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 - 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.

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