5 Essex Court

Anne Studd QC

Call 1988
Silk 2012

“Very experienced, bright and decisive: clients feel well supported when instructing her”
Chambers UK
Anne is ranked as a leading silk specialising in police law, public inquiries, inquests and public law.  Clients value her “charming style” and ability to “cut through the myriad of information and get to the heart of the issue in cases” (Chambers UK).

Anne has excelled in all areas of police law over many years.  She has loyal clients who return because she is "Very forceful, a very good communicator and very good with clients. If you want someone for a tough fight, she is very robust" and "She is hugely experienced and meticulous in her preparations, and exudes a sense of calm." She has a “charming style” and ability to “cut through the myriad of information and get to the heart of the issue in cases” (Legal 500, Chambers & Partners)

She has become the “go to” Silk where the lay client requires a careful, straight talking but tactful approach to enable them to more easily deal with difficult issues and minimising reputational damage.

In the public law field Anne undertakes judicial reviews, civil claims, inquests and inquiries for police forces and NHS trusts and other public bodies.   Her client base is varied.  She acts for SASH in relation to the inquest into the deaths of 10 patients all treated by a single Consultant within the trust.  The Mayor of London in the Grenfell Inquiry and IOPC in relation to proceedings arising from the death of Sean Rigg. In Northern Ireland she was instructed to on behalf of a solider in the inquests into the deaths at Ballymurphy in 1971. She also acts for a number of Chief Constables in sensitive Inquests including Kingsley Burrell (the death of a psychotic man taken to a mental health setting); Aston McLean Williams a young man killed by a police car running him over while being pursued by police on foot.

She is also instructed in ongoing cases arising from historic sexual abuse inquiries arising from Operations Midland and Yewtree

In the public inquiry sphere, Anne has also acted in a number of high profile inquiries. Azelle Rodney, IICSA,  (for two police forces), UCPI and Grenfell. 

She is vetted to SC level