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:

  • He is currently instructed in a high-value High Court clinical negligence claim against the MOD, combining allegations of misdiagnosis and bullying/harassment.
  • 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);
  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Junior Counsel to the Inquiry);
  • 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 data protection legislationaltion, in respect of Subject Access Requests and inter-agency disclosures of material;
  • Re X and Y (Children) [2015] EWHC 2358 (Fam) - Representing the Government in the leading case on the novel use of GPS tagging in cases of radicalisation.

Alex is frequently instructed in complex/catastrophic personal injury claims (both by claimants and defendants). He has particular expertise of workplace stress claims, high-value psychiatric injury, cases where fundamental dishonesty is alleged and fatal accident claims. He recently represented a public authority in a High Court claim, for £1 million, in respect of psychiatric injuries.

Alex delivers lectures on workplace stress claims and fundamental dishonesty issues. He is often instructed by defendants when evidence of potential fraud arises in a clam. His extensive experience of psychiatric injury cases and experts in this area means that he is often instructed when new medical evidence emerges to suggest the claim will be of a very high value.

Alex also represents defendants in clinical negligence claims, including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice.