5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011

Human Rights

The rights enshrined in the Convention are a constant thread running through the entirety of Fiona’s practice. As she regularly represents parties to whom Convention obligations attach she is very familiar with all types of such claims up to Supreme Court level including the cases of L and Nunn.

By way of example:

[2020] R (Bridges) v The Chief Constable of South Wales & others – Acting for the Police and Crime Commissioner of South Wales Police in the Court of Appeal in an appeal concerning the use of automatic facial recognition technology

[2018] 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. The claim involves allegations of Art 8 and A1P1 breaches.

[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 helping victims of sexual abuse. Articles 3, 8 and 10 issues under consideration.

[2018] London Bridge Attack Inquests – Court considering anonymity and special measures applications in respect  of firearms officers in the context of Artcles 2, 8 and 10.

[2018] Kingsley Burrell – Acting for West Midlands Police in connection with proceedings arising from a death in hospital following police contact and use of force. Article 2 and 3 under consideration.

[2017] – [2018] Grainger Inquiry – Ongoing public inquiry into the death of a suspected armed robber. Inquiry is considering.Public interest immunity issues enagaged the interaction of articles 8 and 10 and the force used involved consideration of articles 2 and 3..

[2016] Child X v Chief Constable of Sussex - Civil claim for damages arising out of a high profile case involving multiple arrests of a child upon whom a spit hood was used. Articles 3 and 5 in play..

[2014] MG1 v PF1 – Information management issues in the context of art. 2, art. 8 and family proceedings, concerning a family in witness protection

[2013] Al Hilli Alps Murders – Family court proceedings concerning the arrangements for care of the All Hilli children following the murder of their parents. Articles 2 and 3 engaged.