5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011

“A go-to person. She knows the law inside-out and is the best choice for more technically complex issues” 
Chambers UK

Fiona is recognised as a leading silk specialising in all aspects of police law and is rated as “one of the finest police law barristers in the country” (Chambers UK). She has represented most of the 43 police forces in England and Wales and appears regularly in high profile, sensitive and ground-breaking cases up to Supreme Court level.

Fiona's practice encompasses judicial review proceedings, civil claims, misconduct proceedings and advisory work. She also appears in high profile public inquiries and inquests. Fiona is adept at handling complex and sensitive cases and has an in-depth understanding of the impact of legal principles on practical policing. According to her clients she has “gravitas and commands confidence” and is commended for having “a fantastic approach to sensitive cases which require sympathy and empathy but a robust defence” and an “innate sense of the right solutions to issues raised by new emerging principles” (Chambers UK).

Current and recent examples of her high profile work include:

  • Manchester Arena Inquiry
  • Fishmongers Hall Terror Attack Inquest
  • Guildford Pub Bombings Inquests
  • R (Bridges) v The Chief Constable of South Wales & others – appeal concerning the use of automatic facial recognition technology
  • BES Commercial Energy v Chester West and Chester Trading Standards – civil claim arising out of regulatory investigations into a commercial energy company
  • R (Short) v Police Misconduct Tribunal &others – judicial review considering the effect of tribunal members reading inadmissible or irrelevant material in the context of the Police (Conduct) Regulations

Fiona was Head of Chambers 2010-2017.