5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011

Civil Actions

Fiona has almost 30 years’ experience in civil actions involving the police including CHIS and witness protection claims and issues arising in the family courts.

[2020] BES Commercial Energy v Chester West and Chester Trading Standards – Multi million pound civil claim arising out of regulatory investigations into a commercial energy company involving applications for and execution of search warrants by Lancashire Constabulary and allegations of misfeasance and breach of Art. 8 and A1P1 by trading standards officers.

[2019] Young v Chief Constable of Warwickshire &others – Acting for the Chief Constable in a claim arising out of a complex murder investigation and prosecution which failed following disclosure issues arising in the course of the criminal trial.

[2017] Coghlan v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and others – Acted for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester in the civil claim arising out of the arrest of Arran Coghlan on suspicion of murder of Stephen Akinyemi.

[2017] Chatwani v NCA – Acted for the NCA in this high value civil claim arising out of the execution of warrants

[2017] Bourne v Taylor – Acted for the PCC of Sussex in proceedings brought by her in the High Court pursuant to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997

[2016] Boyd v Chief Constable of Cleveland – Acted for the Chief Constable of Cleveland in a sensitive civil claim arising from disclosure issues in a bad on bad kidnap trial.

[2016] Child X v Chief Constable of Sussex – Acted for the Chief Constable in a civil claim for damages arising out of a high profile case involving multiple arrests of a child suffering from a genetic condition causing behavioural issues.

[2016] McGoldrick and Turnbull v Chief Constable of Northumbria Police – Acted for the Chief Constable regarding the civil claims arising from a high profile shooting by Michael Atherton on New Year’s Day 2012.

[2015] Powell v Chief Constable of West Midlands – Acted for the Chief Constable of West Midlands defending the claim brought by the family of ‘Mikey Powell’ following his death in police custody. The death led to racial tensions and high profile public campaign for justice.

Fiona has extensive experience of civil claims arising from regulatory investigations including Ofgem, Ofcom and Trading Standards

Recent cases include:

[2020] BES Commercial Energy v Chester West and Chester Trading Standards - Acting for Trading Standards in a high value civil claim arising from regulatory investigations into a commercial energy company involving Ofgem and Ofcom.

[2018] Swinton Lock Investigation – Representing the report authors in connection with the Maxwellisation process and threatened civil claims arising out of the alleged misuse of personal information by a registered charity.

[2017] Miller v Oldham Metroplitan Borough Council – Representing the Council in a civil claim arising from a regulatory investigation into the activities of a fraudulently operated kitchen company.

[2016] Rotherham Taxi Licensing Investigation – Representing the independent investigators in connection with proposed civil claims arising from the report into failures of the licensing process leading to sexual abuse of minors