5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Public Inquiries

Claire was instructed by the IPCC (now the IPOC) in the public inquiry into the death of Anthony Grainger. The Inquiry heard evidence over a 3-month period in 2017 and the report was published in July 2019.

Claire also has experience of inspections under the Local Government Act 1999 having advised in respect of the Inspection into Avon Fire and Rescue Authority in 2017.

In August 2017, Claire was instructed as senior junior counsel to the Designated Lawyers team representing a significant number of former Special Demonstration Squad officers in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. Claire works as part of a team of 10 barristers (led by a silk) and liaising with other core participants in the UCPI and the Inquiry itself. Claire is involved in all aspects of the UCPI relating to her clients including the restrictions order process (anonymity) and consequential redactions, rule 9 statements, and applications for special measures including appearing at hearings before the Chairman and liaising with clients, interested parties and the Inquiry.