5 Essex Court

Anne Studd QC

Call 1988
Silk 2012


Anne has had extensive experience in the regulatory field over very many years both as a Junior and in Silk.

Many cases have involved difficult issues in relation to surveillance and RIPA. She has appeared in and advised on applications to the IPT.

Her recent appearances in professional discipline tribunals include:

Disciplinary hearing brought against officers concerned in the arrest of Sean Rigg instructed by the IOPC -substantial abuse of process argument based on the 10 1/2 year delay since the incident and largely apportioned to the IOPC. 

Disciplinary proceedings brought against officers who had contact with Bijan Ebrahemi - Mr Ebrahemi died as a result of a vigilante attack as a result of being wrongly suspected as a paedophile. He had called the police to assist but a number of officers on a number of occasions had failed to provide him with adequate protection. 

Eighteen members of Avon and Somerset personnel were subject to investigation (both police staff and police officers) by the IPCC and then disciplinary proceedings brought by Avon and Somerset. Different officers were dealt with at different levels of the disciplinary process. Important issues relating to press reporting, hearing in public, what information could be made public at particular stages so as not to prejudice ongoing proceedings.

DC H - Serious allegations of sexual misconduct by a serving officer on his adult niece whilst on holiday. Allegations equated to rape but could not be prosecuted due to jurisdictional issues. Article 8 issues for family of complainant and officer considered in relation to the issue of whether the hearing should be heard in public. Sensitive issues arising from family breakdown by reason of the allegation.

R (on the application of Darren Williams) (Claimant) v Police Appeals Tribunal (Defendant) & Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Interested party) [2016] EWHC 2708 (Admin) - The principle that personal mitigation carried diminished weight in cases of misconduct by a police officer applied to all forms of misconduct, not just dishonesty or a lack of integrity. Anne has also trained independent panel members authorised to sit in misconduct hearings.