5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011


Fiona appears in complex, high profile inquests in both police and regulatory contexts.

In the policing context, she has extensive experience in inquests involving operational policing issues including witness protection, covert human intelligence sources, intelligence and firearms issues. Recent cases include:

[2018] The London Bridge Terror Attack Inquests – Acting for the City of London Police

[2017] The Perepilichnyy Inquest – Acting for Surrey Police in the inquests concerning the death of a Russian in circumstances alleged to give rise to suspicion that he had been poisoned by the Russian authorities.

[2017]  Akinyemi Inquest – Acting for Greater Manchester Police in the inquest concerning the death of Mr Akinyemi at the hands of Arran Coghlan.

[2013] – [2016] Hillsborough Inquests – Leading Matthew Holdcroft acting for South Yorkshire Police in the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

[2013] Saldanha – Acting for the King Edward VII Hospital in the inquest into the death of the nurse who was victim of a prank call from an Australian radio station concerning the Duchess of Cambridge.

[2013] Atherton and Mc Goldrick Inquests –  Acting for Northumbria Police in the inquests into the high profile deaths of several members of the same family arising from a shooting on New Year’s Day. The inquest involved consideration of firearms licensing issues from a police perspective.

[2011] Cumbria Shootings Inquests – Acted for the Cumbria Police in the inquests into the deaths of Derrick Bird and his many victims. It involved close examination of the police preparedness and response to a rampaging gunman.