5 Essex Court

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Public / Administrative

Alex successfully represented both individuals and organisations in judicial review proceedings, including those in respect of decisions reached by police authorities in respect of ill health pensions for police officers, removal of cautions and the policing of protests.

Alex appeared in a leading case concerning freedom of expression and social media: Miller v. College of Policing and Humberside Police [2020] EWHC 225 (Admin), where a leapfrog permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been granted. 

Alex is instructed by the Charity Commission in a number of public law challenges to investigatory decisions.

He represented the Home Office in the Court of Appeal, unled, in the key case concerning ‘grace periods’ in unlawful detention cases R (AC (Algeria)) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 36

Alex is instructed as a junior in linked judicial review challenges to the Prison Service’s policies on transgender prisoners. 

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).

Alex successfully represented Prisons in high-profile judicial review cases involving segregation in terrorism and transgender cases.

He also advised and represented a healthcare charity in respect of judicial proceedings which challenged the part-closure of a hospital. Alex regularly advises police forces in respect of judicial review claims on matters such as handling of complaints, retention of personal and arrest data etc.

He also has particular experience of and interest in providing advice in respect of proposed national policies on matters as varied as the impact of energy efficiency schemes, the retention of electronic data and inter-agency assistance in respect of enforcing confiscation orders. Alex spent 3 months on secondment to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where he advised on public law issues and the interaction of various agencies within the policing landscape.