Celebrating 70 years in law

Over the last 70 years, our award-winning barristers have appeared in some of the UK’s most significant civil and public law cases, inquests and inquiries.

Today, we represent a broad range of clients in both the public and private sectors and pride ourselves on our integrity, client care and outstanding quality of counsel.


Investigations, Inquests & Public Inquiries

Investigations Inquests Public Inquiries


Police Law

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Information Law

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Professional Discipline & Regulatory

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Exceptional Expertise

We stand out for our deep expertise and understanding of public, information / privacy and police law. We’re one of the few chambers to offer true specialism and experience at all levels of call, as well as a proven track record for having been involved in the most high-profile civil and public law claims, judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries over many decades.

Outstanding Client Care

Client relationships sit at the heart of everything we do. Our clients appreciate how approachable and accessible we are: that we listen, understand and find appropriate solutions. Our whole expert team is known for working collaboratively and building trusted, longstanding relationships.

Trusted Specialists

Over the last 70 years, we have established ourselves as a name clients can trust. We have been at the forefront of public, information / privacy and police law for decades and are known for our integrity, experience, discretion and helping clients navigate the challenges in highly complex cases.

“5 Essex Chambers are an exceptional chambers who offer an extremely varied set of Counsel to meet almost all needs. I would highly recommend them.”

"they always provide a first-class service and have a proven history for getting superb results."

"an extremely strong bench of seasoned experts who are consistently involved in the highest-profile inquests and public inquiries."

"5 Essex Chambers are 'leaders in the field' have 'fearsome intellects' and are 'formidable opponents', yet very approachable and easy to work with."

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Russell Fortt (led by Alan Payne KC) acts for HMRC in a successful summary judgment…

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5 Essex Chambers is delighted to have been shortlisted in a number of categories for…

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As part of our 70th anniversary year, Fiona Barton KC and David Messling take a…

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