Conducting fair and thorough investigations.

Our team of leading barristers are trusted to carry out, advise on, and represent parties in all manner of investigations. Many matters in which we are instructed are precursors to high value litigation, Inquests and Public Inquiries, even if that is not apparent when the investigation is initiated.

With members of Chambers frequently being instructed by coroners, Inquiry Chairs and senior judges as Counsel to the Inquiry and Counsel to the Inquest, carrying out investigations on their behalf and advising the office holders on their powers and responsibilities, we are particularly well placed to carry out independent investigations that can be trusted to be fair, thorough and discharged with experience.

5 Essex Chambers’ barristers have deep experience across a range of sectors, including the police, emergency services, healthcare providers, government departments, local authorities, prison services, security firms, the military, and both publicly listed and private companies.

We are acutely aware of the variety of situations in which an investigation might be required and the sensitivities involved, drawing on our considerable experience in some of the most complex, high profile and sensitive Public Inquiries and Inquests in order to handle such investigations. Whether that involves large-scale, paper heavy matters or comparably discrete issues, our broad experiences place us in the perfect position to assist.

Throughout our practices, we are used to working within tight timescales and in highly confidential environments. A significant proportion of members of Chambers hold security clearance.

To find out more about how our experts can help you with an investigation, please contact our clerking team who will provide immediate support.

For more information please contact our clerks.

Call +44 (0) 20 7410 2000 or click here to email

Investigations Expertise

Representing individuals, corporates and Public bodies in investigations

Trusted to be fair and thorough

A significant proportion of members of Chambers hold security clearance

Experienced at working within tight timescales and in highly confidential environments

Investigations Barristers

King's Counsel

Jason Beer KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Fiona Barton KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2011

Anne Studd KC

Call 1988 | Silk 2012

Samantha Leek KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Juniors (10+ years)

Alison Hewitt

Call 1984

Andrew Waters

Call 1987

John-Paul Waite

Call 1995

Bilal Rawat

Call 1995

Melvyn Harris

Call 1997

Alastair Hodge

Call 1997

Daniel Hobbs

Call 1998

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Jonathan Landau

Call 2004

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Georgina Wolfe

Call 2006

Rob Harland

Call 2006

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Peter Taheri

Call 2007

Emma Price

Call 2007

Olivia Checa-Dover

Call 2007

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Cicely Hayward

Call 2009

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Amy Clarke

Call 2010

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Aaron Moss

Call 2013

Sarah Taylor

Call 2014

Juniors (under 10 years)

John Goss

Call 2015

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Molly Joyce

Call 2016

Edmund Gross

Call 2016

Aimee Riese

Call 2016

David Messling

Call 2017

Zander Goss

Call 2017

Jennifer Wright

Call 2018

Conor Monighan

Call 2019

Edmund Garnett

Call 2021

Paige Jones

Call 2021

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