John Beggs QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2009

John Beggs QC | Call 1989 | Silk 2009

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Overview

A practitioner in all areas of police law, John has acted in many of the largest police cases whether civil, criminal, misconduct, judicial review, public inquiry, employment or inquest. His practice now includes a significant quotient of public law work and he is recommended by the Legal 500 for his expertise in this field.

Public & Administrative

“He is a force to be reckoned with.”
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John Beggs QC successful in police pensions judicial review for Derbyshire Police
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expertise & experience

The co-author of “Public Order: Law and Practice” OUP 2012, John Beggs QC is described as “having expert knowledge, enormous presence and a no-nonsense approach to some very difficult cases.”

His work in this field includes:

  • Secretary of State for the Home Dept v Senior Coroner for Surrey [2016] EWHC 3001 (Admin) 23 November 2016.
    John appeared for the wife of the deceased in this Public Interest Immunity hearing arising from the inquest touching the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy. Click here for analysis.
  • X v (1) Chief Constable of Y (2) PCC for Y [2015] EWHC 484 (Admin).
    John represented the defendants in this application for public interest immunity in respect of police records where the public interest in protecting the identity of police informants, and in the confidentiality of a vetting process which involved such information, outweighed the claimant’s rights of disclosure in relation to judicial review proceedings.
  • Sidwell v. Police Medical appeal board and Chief Constable of Derbyshire [2015] EWHC 122 (Admin).
    John represented the chief constable in a challenge to the PMAB’s finding that the officer was not permanently disabled within the meaning of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 reg.A12
  • Duggan v. ACPO; Delezuch v. CC of Leicestershire [2014] EWCA Civ 1635.
    John represented ACPO / the College of Policing (leading James Berry) in this judicial review appeal concerning national policy on post-incident conferring by police officers involved in fatal incidents.
  • McKail v IPCC, Interested Parties including CC of West Mercia Police (“Plebgate”) [2014] EWHC 3170 (Admin).
    John led James Berry in this judicial review concerning aspects of the police misconduct regime arising from three officers meeting Andrew Mitchell MP in his constituency office.
  • AB v. A Chief Constable [2014] EWHC 1965 (QB).
    John led for the Chief Constable in this case concerning the duties upon an employer to give an accurate reference for a senior officer facing misconduct proceedings to a regulatory employer.
  • Temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes v. Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire 28 March 2013.
    John acted for the T/CC of Lincolnshire in his challenge to the PCC’s decision to suspend him in relation to a potential conduct matter. Stuart-Smith J quashed the suspension as irrational and gave guidance on suspensions under regulation 10 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.
  • Colin Port (Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset) v. Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset 8 January 2013.
    John acted for the Defendant PCC in this application for judicial review by the Chief Constable who sought to injunct the recruitment of his successor by reference to 2 points (concerning notice periods on FTAs and whether s.38(3) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 applied to expiring FTAs). Edwards-Stuart J refused permission to bring the judicial review and refused the interim relief sought.
  • Chief Constable of Wiltshire v. Police Appeals Tribunal (Paul Woollard Interested Party) [2012] EWHC 3288 (Admin).
    John was for the Chief Constable applicant in this judicial review to quash the decision of the PAT. Wyn Williams J quashed the decision and gave further guidance on the appropriate approach by the PAT to its reviewing role.
  • Derek Bonnard (Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police) v. (1) Drusilla Sharpling CBE (2) Cleveland Police Authority (Interested Party) 16 November 2012.
    John acted for the Interested Party in this application for judicial review to quash decisions of the chair of the misconduct panel appointed under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008. Leggatt J quashed certain decision and remitted them to the Chair.
  • Sean Price (Chief Constable of Cleveland) v. (1) Cleveland Police Authority (i) IPCC (Interested Party). 21 September 2012.
    John acted for the Police Authority in this urgent application for judicial review to quash the ongoing misconduct proceedings against the Chief Constable on grounds of regulatory departure and bias. Irwin J dismissed the application and awarded costs against the Chief Constable.
  • Salter v. Chief Constable of Dorset [2012] EWCA Civ 1047.
    John acted for the Respondent Chief Constable in this appeal from Burnett J. The Court of Appeal confirmed the applicability of the “Law Society” authorities concerning honesty and integrity in policing and confirmed the appropriate approach to sanctioning officers found guilty of operational dishonesty.
  • Dr Ali Dizaei v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. May 2012.
    John acted for the Commissioner resisting the application for an injunction to prevent the misconduct hearing against the Applicant proceed the following day. Lang J dismissed the application.
  • Austen and others v. Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police [2011] EWHC 3385 (Admin).
    For the Defendant Chief Constable, successfully defending applications for judicial review to quash search warrants on the grounds of evidential insufficiency and breaches of Article 6 and 8.
  • Chief Constable of Dorset Police v. Police Appeals Tribunal (Salter: Interested Party) [2011] EWHC 3366 (Admin).
    For the Claimant Chief Constable in first ever successful attempt to quash a PAT’s decision to reinstate an officer. The case established the appropriate sanction for operational dishonesty in police misconduct cases.
  • Austen and others v. Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police [2011] EWHC 3385 (Admin).
    For the Defendant Chief Constable, successfully defending applications for judicial review to quash search warrants on the grounds of evidential insufficiency and breaches of Article 6 and 8.
  • Chief Constable of Dorset Police v. Police Appeals Tribunal (Salter: Interested Party)[2011] EWHC 3366 (Admin).
    For the Claimant Chief Constable in first ever successful attempt to quash a PAT’s decision to reinstate an officer. The case established the appropriate sanction for operational dishonesty in police misconduct cases. On appeal to Court of Appeal.
  • Advised Assistant Commissioner John Yates in summer 2011 in his litigation with the Metropolitan Police Authority, ultimately ending in the parties coming to terms.
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v. HM Coroner for Inner West London and Interested Parties [2010] EWHC 3098 (Admin):
    For Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Interested Party] on the question whether the coroner could operate “closed sessions” to hear sensitive pre-7/7 bombings intelligence.
  • North Yorkshire Police Authority v. IPCC [2010] EWHC 1690 (Admin):
    For the Claimant Police Authority challenging IPCC rulings as to the ambit of “direction and control” matters in the context of complaints against the police.
  • Bhatti v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2010] EWHC 522 (Admin):
    For the Defendant Commissioner in judicial review concerning the technical requirements of search warrants under PACE.
  • Khan v. Chief Constable of Lancashire Police [2009] EWHC 472 (Admin):
    For Respondent Chief Constable in important updating analysis of regulation 13 “dispensation of probationer constable” provision and associated Art 8 issues.
  • Ferriday v. Chief Constable of Gwent Police [2009] EWHC 2083 (Admin):
    For Defendant Chief Constable in successful defence of attempt to quash regulation 13 dispensation.
  • Laporte v. Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police and others [2007] 2 AC 105:
    For the Commissioner of Police (Interested Party) in long running Article 5 litigation concerning pre-emptive arrest to prevent a breach of the peace.
  • Bolt v. Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2007] EWHC 2607 (Admin):
    For Defendant Chief Constable successfully resisting attempt by judicial review to reinstate dismissed police officer.
  • IPCC v. Chief Constable of West Midlands and others [2007] EWHC 2715 (Admin):
    For Chief Constable of Derbyshire in judicial review concerning entitlement of family of deceased to attend police misconduct hearing.
  • Ernest Bennett v. HM Coroner [2007] EWCA Civ 617:
    For Metropolitan Police Commissioner in appeal against Administrative Court’s decision concerning appropriate verdicts to leave to coronial jury in fatal shooting case.
  • Cash v. HM Coroner for Northamptonshire [2007] EWHC 1354 (Admin):
    For Interested Party Chief Constable in judicial review of coroner’s withdrawal of unlawful killing from the jury.
  • Family of Derek Bennett v. HM Coroner [2004] EWCA Civ 1439:
    For Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in judicial review concerning criteria for granting anonymity to armed officers in police fatal shooting.
  • R v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, ex parte M & Leon La Rose [2001] EWHC Admin 553:
    For Defendant Commissioner in judicial review concerning Article 6 adequacy of facilities for suspect – lawyer consultations.
  • R v Bedford Coroner ex parte Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd (1999) 164 J.P.283:
    For Interested Party Chief Constable in judicial review concerning rights of armed officers to remain anonymous during inquests into police shootings.
  • R v Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary, ex parte (1) Kent Police Federation Joint Branch Board (2) Peter Harman, (2000) 2 Cr App R 196:
    For Defendant Chief Constable in judicial review determining that reviews of detention under s.40(1)(b) PACE could not be conducted under live video link (leading to change in law).
  • R v Merseyside Police Authority ex parte Yates QBD (Latham J) 19/2/99:
    For Defendant Police Authority establishing that an application for judicial review of a police authority decision under the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 was not appropriate because the statutory provision in the Regulations provided an effective remedy for the applicant to appeal to the Crown Court.