5 Essex Court

Jason Beer QC

Call 1992
Silk 2011

Public / Administrative

Jason is instructed in all areas of public law work. He specialises in claims that arise from the operation of the criminal justice system. Jason has particular expertise in corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations and prosecutions - where experience in inquests, the criminal courts and in civil claims is essential.

Jason appears on behalf of central government, other public authorities, including the police service, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the prison service, coroners and for corporate clients.

Notable cases include:

Competition and Markets Authority v Concordia International Rx (UK) Ltd – this involved a series of challenges, including:

  • As to the procedure to be followed for the hearing of applications to vary or discharge warrants issued under the Competition Act 1998 s.28 giving the Competition and Markets Authority the power to enter business premises: [2017] EWHC 2911 (Ch);
  • The Court of Appeal’s decision on that issue: [2018] EWCA Civ 1881;
  • The ruling of the High Court that a special advocate should not be appointed in connection with the challenge: [2018] EWHC 3158 (Ch);
  • The ruling of the High Court that evidence relevant to the application to discharge the warrant was protected from disclosure by PII: [2018] EWHC 3448 (Ch); and
  • The ruling of the High Court dismissing the application to discharge the warrant: [2019] EWHC 47 (Ch).

R (Children’s Rights Alliance for England) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] 1 WLR 3667

R (FGP) v Serco PLC [2012] EWHC 1804 (Admin)

R (on the application of E1) v The Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry [2012] EWHC 563 (Admin)

Kennedy v Charity Commission (No 2) [2012] WLR 3524

R (GC & C) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2011] 1 WLR 1230

Kennedy v (1) Information Commissioner and (2) Charity Commission (No 1) [2011] EWCA Civ 367