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:

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Junior Counsel to the Inquiry), as the lead junior for a team of solicitors/counsel dealing with disclosure and substantive issues; 

Instructed by Humberside Police in high-profile judicial review challenge to recording of non-crime hate incidents: Miller v. College of Policing and Humberside Police;

Represented the Home Office in the Court of Appeal, unled, in case concerning ‘grace periods’ in unlawful detention cases (AC);

Instructed as a junior in several linked judicial review challenges by transgender claimants to the operation of a new unit at HMP Downview.

Successfully represented the Ministry of Justice in a 5-day assault trial involving oral evidence from 4 expert witnesses.

​​​​​​​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;

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)

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);

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. 

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.