5 Essex Court

Fiona Barton QC

Call 1986
Silk 2011


Fiona Barton QC Awards
Fiona Barton QC Awards
Fiona Barton QC Awards

"She is a phenomenon: she has an amazing wealth of knowledge and is tenacious. She is an amazingly good advocate and is well liked by clients. One of the finest police law barristers in the country." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2021
"She is a very effective operator." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2021
"No-nonsense, matter-of-fact and very reliable." (Professional Discipline) Chambers UK 2021
"She is really brilliant: she can get to grips with the central issues quickly and is very knowledgeable about police forces and their reputational issues. Her drafting and attention to detail is really excellent and clients adore her." (Inquests and Inquiries) Chambers UK 2021
"Cool, calm and unflappable; she is exceptionally knowledgeable and an absolute leader in this field. My number 1 go-to for any complex and high-profile inquest." Legal 500 2021
"A leader in the field of police work." Legal 500 2021
"One of the finest police law barristers in the country. An experienced barrister whom we regularly instruct in high-profile and ground-breaking cases." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2020
"Simply unrivalled in terms of her expertise and capabilities in the field of police law. She has a calm and compelling manner which instantly wins over clients, advocates and judges alike. Fiona is unflappable, and an absolute pleasure to have beside you in the very most difficult and high-profile cases in this area." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2020
"Her technical knowledge is outstanding. I have never seen anybody else with her level of knowledge." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2020
"She showed really good judgement about how best to protect the client while not irritating the judge." (Inquests and Public Inquiries) Chambers UK 2020
"Very subtle in her advocacy. She doesn't go hell for leather nor does she make excuses." (Inquests and Public Inquiries) Chambers UK 2020
"She has a great reputation in both inquest and police work and commands complete confidence." (Inquests and Public Inquiries) Legal 500 2020
"First-class - superb with clients, superb in terms of her legal knowledge and superb in written and oral advocacy." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2019
"She is very easy to approach and is pragmatic, sensible and calm." (Police Law) Chambers UK 2019
"A solid, sensible, pragmatic and pleasant opponent." (Inquests & Public Inquiries) Chambers UK 2019
“She manages to effectively present the position for her clients, who are often the unpopular party in an inquest.” and “She is never fazed by difficult inquests and never lets her guard down.” (Inquests) Chambers UK 2015
"She is great with clients and really knows her stuff." (Professional Discipline) Chambers UK 2019
“She is extremely hard-working and has a very analytical mind. Also, she is very good with clients and very up to date on the current case law. She just exudes confidence.” (Inquests and Inquiries) Chambers UK 2018
‘Well regarded for inquests and inquiries with a police element.’ (Inquests and Inquiries) Legal 500 2019
‘Instructed by chief constables in challenging cases.’ (Police Law - Defendant) Legal 500 2019
“She knows the law inside-out and is the best choice for more technically complex issues. She has a fantastic approach to sensitive cases which require sympathy and empathy but a robust defence.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2018
“Very calm, reassuring and extremely knowledgeable. A go-to person.” (Professional Discipline) Chambers UK 2018
“She’s excellent and does a lot of police discipline work.” (Professional Discipline) Chambers UK 2018
“One of the finest police law barristers in the country”... “She displays great sensitivity and has a great client manner”. “She is incredibly experienced and pleasant to work with” and “her knowledge base is extensive – she has gravitas and commands confidence” “She brings an invaluable decisiveness to any case.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2017
“She is unflappable, well considered and gives thorough and thoughtful advice. You know you’re getting quality legal advice when she’s on your case.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2016
“She is one of the finest police law barristers in the country.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2016
“She is hugely knowledgeable and experienced.” (Professional Discipline) Chambers UK 2016
“She has acute attention to detail, good knowledge of established coronial law and an innate sense of the right solutions to issues raised by new emerging principles.” (Inquests & Public Inquiries) Chambers UK 2016
“Particularly noted for her experience in inquests concerning deaths in custody.” (Inquests) Legal 500 2015
“She is trusted with very sensitive cases and provides no-nonsense advice. Her understanding of the law in this area is phenomenal.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2014