5 Essex Court

Jason Beer QC

Call 1992
Silk 2011

"Smooth, cerebral and reliable, with impeccable judgement. He is unbeatable on the law and very good in appellate cases and in public law."
Chambers UK

Jason is recognised as a leading silk, and is recommended as the Star Individual for both Police Law and Inquests and Public Inquiries by Chambers UK. He specialises in public inquiries, inquests, public law and police law – representing a range of clients, including central government, public authorities, police forces, coroners, and corporations.

Jason is the Head of Chambers of 5 Essex Court and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge (QBD and ChD) and as a Recorder of the Crown Court.  

Jason often leads teams of counsel in complex, high-profile and sensitive investigations, inquiries and claims.  His multi-disciplinary background (before taking silk, he was Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) allows him to provide a service across a range of jurisdictions and fields of law: clients appreciate his ability to take a case from the investigatory stage (including giving advice on issues of criminal law such as corporate manslaughter and health and safety), advising or acting in any inquest or inquiry, appearing in any misconduct, criminal or disciplinary proceedings, and then handling any civil proceedings (including appellate proceedings to the Supreme Court).

He has provided this end-to-end service in a number of the most prominent cases of the last two decades. His caseload has included: the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the Hutton Inquiry, the Shipman Inquiry, the 'Phone Hacking' Claims, the Al-Sweady Inquiry, the Hillsborough Inquests, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Sir Cliff Richards claim for misuse of private information, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Fishmonger Hall Inquests, the Facial Recognition judicial review, the Harry Dunn judicial review, the Shoreham Airshow Crash, the Plymouth Shootings, the EncrChat Claims, the Salisbury Poisonings Inquiry, and the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry.