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

Sheraton Doyle

Sheraton Doyle is the Senior Practice Manager for the Central Government team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Sheraton DoyleEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1144


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 670


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Nigel Pleming KC

Nigel Pleming KC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel KC

John Steel KC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

Peter Village KC

Peter Village KC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Stephen Tromans KC

Stephen Tromans KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill KC

Thomas Hill KC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Steven Kovats KC

Steven Kovats KC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey KC

Eleanor Grey KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti KC

Lisa Giovannetti KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards KC

Jenni Richards KC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Paul Stinchcombe KC

Paul Stinchcombe KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris KC

Fenella Morris KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

James Strachan KC

James Strachan KC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Vikram Sachdeva KC

Vikram Sachdeva KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange KC

Kate Grange KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb KC

Adam Robb KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel KC

Parishil Patel KC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Rory Dunlop KC

Rory Dunlop KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

Victoria Butler-Cole KC

Victoria Butler-Cole KC

Call: 2005 Silk: 2019

Richard Wald KC

Richard Wald KC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2020

Judith Ayling KC

Judith Ayling KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2021

Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon)

Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon)

Call: 2002 Silk: 2022

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez

Call: 2002

Christopher Staker

Christopher Staker

Call: 2003

Anna Bicarregui

Anna Bicarregui

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Katherine Apps

Katherine Apps

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Steve Broach

Steve Broach

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Arianna Kelly

Arianna Kelly

Call: 2013

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

James Ramsden KC

James Ramsden KC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

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

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