Central Government Barristers

Central Government

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a full complement of leading barristers with considerable experience of acting for clients in the central government sector. We offer our clients an expert, multi-faceted and practically focused service.

Who our barristers act for

Our barristers act for all central government departments and individuals challenging decisions of central government.

Which areas of central government work we cover

  • Judicial review
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Human rights (both in domestic courts and before the European Court of Human Rights)
  • Immigration and asylum (including appeals and judicial reviews)
  • Points Based System (both sponsors and migrants), including Tier 2 (intra-company transfers)
  • Special Immigration Appeals Commission
  • Terrorism prevention and investigation measures
  • Nationality
  • National security, foreign relations and defence
  • Public inquiries
  • Coroner’s inquests
  • Prison law
  • Mental health
  • Social security
  • Data protection
  • Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Environmental Information Regulations
  • RIPA
  • Investigatory Powers Tribunal
  • Employment
  • Discrimination and equalities claims, including disability, sex, religion, race, age and the public sector equality duty
  • European Union law (both in domestic courts and before the Court of Justice of the Europan Union (CJEU))
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Negligence
  • Professional discipline and regulation
  • Planning
  • Environmental law
  • Procurement
  • Complaints to, and challenges of, the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman
  • Tax (both direct and indirect)
  • Parliamentary Bills (drafting and advice)
  • Electoral law
  • Police
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Public International Law

Additional central government sector knowledge

A number  of our barristers are currently on the Attorney General’s panel and many of our QCs were previously on the panel until they took silk.  Barristers have also represented central government in  important cases and have been appointed as counsel to some of the most high profile inquiries of recent years (such as the Leveson Inquiry).

Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Central Government team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Steven Kovats QC

Steven Kovats QC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey QC

Eleanor Grey QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Justine Thornton QC

Justine Thornton QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

Parishil Patel

Parishil Patel

Call: 1996

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Christopher Staker
Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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