5 Essex Court

Alan Payne QC

Call 1996
Silk 2019

Public Inquiries

Alan has acted in a number of high profile inquiries and cases including:

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) - represented a number of police forces in two separate modules. The first related to police investigations undertaken into Cyril Smith. The second relating to investigations into child abuse at Ampleforth.

Azelle Rodney Inquiry - Alan acted on behalf of the MPS in the 3 month into the death of a person shot by the police.

E7 (an officer of the MPS) v Chairman of the Inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney and various interested parties [2014] EWHC 452 - Divisional Court rejected a challenge to the Chairman’s report and provided guidance as to how the lawfulness of multiple shots should be assessed.

MPS v Chairman of the Inquiry  [2012] EWHC 2783] - Divisional Court concluded that the chairman of a public inquiry had been entitled to find that there should be limited disclosure to the legal team of an interested party of material in relation to which the police sought a restriction order in the public interest. Disclosure was “necessary” for determination of the restriction order application within the meaning of the Inquiry Rules 2006 r.12(4)(a).