5 Essex Court

Jason Beer QC

Call 1992
Silk 2011

Public Inquiries

Jason has appeared in most of the significant public inquiries of recent times.  He ranked as the “Star Individual” silk in this field by Chambers UK and wrote the leading practitioner’s text, Public Inquiries, for the Oxford University Press.

He has now appeared in 17 public inquiries, acting for a full range of individuals and organisations: central government, non-ministerial government departments, the police service, other public authorities, civil servants, or individuals.

Jason also has experience of acting as counsel to the inquiry, having done so in 3 public inquiries.

He is ranked as a leader in this field by both of the major directories, sources noting that he is "The man who wrote the book on public inquiries. I think he is just unflappable; he knows inquiries inside out, commands the respect of the judiciary and invokes a lot of trust in clients", “A true trailblazer in the field of public inquiries…he continues to pick up a plethora of key instructions in the most prominent inquiries undertaken”, and "He's been through everything that can possibly come up in the course of an inquiry and has so much experience to draw upon” (Chambers UK).

Notable inquiries include (over the past 10 years):

Magnox Inquiry – Leading Counsel to the Inquiry

Grenfell Tower Inquiry – Leading Counsel for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Leading Counsel for the Metropolitan Police, Devon & Cornwall Police, and Dorset Police

Undercover Policing Inquiry – Leading Counsel for a number of police forces, and for individual officers

Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry­ – Leading Counsel for Ofgem

Anthony Grainger Inquiry – Leading Counsel to the Inquiry

Leveson Inquiry - Counsel for Metropolitan Police Director of Public Affairs.

Al-Sweady Inquiry - Second Counsel to the Inquiry

Baha Mousa Inquiry - Leading Counsel for 15 Soldiers

Rosemary Nelson Inquiry - Leading Counsel for the Northern Ireland Office

Billy Wright Inquiry - Leading Counsel for 92 serving and retired prison officers and governors