5 Essex Court

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Alex specialises in police law, inquests/inquiries, data protection/information law, employment law, public law and workplace stress/psychiatric injury claims. He has been a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel since 2015.

Recent cases/matters of interest include:

  • Alex successfully represented (led by Fiona Barton QC) West Midlands Police in high-profile judicial review and injunction proceedings arising from misconduct proceedings against an assistant chief constable. R (Beale) v. Special Case Panel [2018] EWHC 759 (Admin)
  • Successfully represented the Ministry of Justice in a 5-day assault trial involving oral evidence from 4 expert witnesses.
  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Junior Counsel to the Inquiry), as the lead junior for a team of solicitors/counsel; 
  • ​​​​​​​Instructed, on behalf of Warwickshire PCC (the lead respondent in a series of stayed cases), in a significant Information Tribunal appeal brought by Privacy International;
  •  Instructed as a junior in several linked judicial review challenges by transgender claimants to the operation of a new unit at HMP Downview.
  • Several unled hearings in the Court of Appeal which resulted in important guidance in their respective areas of law: employment law (Way v. Spectrum Property Care Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 381) and negligence (Flanagan v. Greenbanks Ltd. [2013] EWCA Civ 1702);
  • Currently instructed in a Court of Appeal challenge to ‘grace periods’ in immigration detention, due to be heard in 2019
  • Civil jury claim involving two co-defendants, where Alex successfully secured dismissal of the claim against his client, Serco;
  • High Court claim, for £1 million, in respect of psychiatric injuries;
  • The full spectrum of high-profile Article 2 jury inquests, representing law enforcement agencies, Prisons, local authorities and healthcare providers.
  • Judicial review proceedings challenging the segregation of prisoners (including cases of TACT/terrorism prisoners, involving sensitive material, as well as transgender cases);
  • Litigation in the High Court concerning the correct ambit of the Data Protection Act 1998, in respect of Subject Access Requests and inter-agency disclosures of material;
  • Re X and Y (Children) [2015] EWHC 2358 (Fam) - Represented the Government in the leading case on the novel use of GPS tagging in cases of radicalisation. 

Alex has undergone both Recruitment Vetting and Counter-Terrorism Check vetting.

He is Public Access accredited and is frequently instructed by individuals and companies directly. He also undertakes cases on behalf of Advocate/Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Employment Law Association.