5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011

Public / Administrative

Fiona regularly appears in high profile public law cases, including at Supreme Court level.

Recent Public / Administrative Law cases include:

[2018] Re Beale - Acted for the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police in the expedited judicial review (including injunctive proceedings) concerning apparent bias in misconduct proceedings involving ACC Beale.

[2017] Acted for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in the judicial review concerning determinations made by the IPCC re disclosure issues arising out of the investigation into involvement of Arran Coghlan in the death of Stephen Akinyemi.

[2016] Acted for the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police in a proposed judicial review by Nottingham City Council of the decision to change the policing delivery model.

[2014] Nunn (Supreme Court) [2014] UKSC 37- Acting for Suffolk Constabulary in a test case concerning the disclosure obligations of the police post-conviction and appeal.

[2013] A v B Constabulary – Acting for B Constabulary in the Administrative Court in the leading case concerning the vetting of police contractors and their entitlement to reasons for rejection and the impact of public interest immunity considerations.  

[2012] Icelandic Bank Collapse (Tchenguiz) – Acting for the City of London Police in a judicial review arising out of the arrest and bail of Robert Tchenguiz in connection with his dealings with the collapsed bank.

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.

[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:

[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.

[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.