Public Law

About Judi Kemish


Judi transferred to the Bar in November 2015 as a qualified Solicitor with 20 years PQE working in both the private and public sectors. As a barrister, She represents clients on a regular basis at inquests and in the Crown Court, County Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal on extradition matters, judicial reviews, civil trials, case management hearings, bail applications, pleas in mitigation, sentencing and interim family care proceedings. Her knowledge and expertise includes public law, coronial law, civil and criminal litigation, proceeds of crime, commercial litigation, mental health and prison law.

Judi is currently junior counsel representing 10 families at the Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest.


Prior to transferring to the Bar, Judi  was seconded to the MoD as a Senior Advisory Lawyer. I led on Article 2 Inquests (including Deepcut), judicial review, information law, PII, disclosure issues in public inquiries and inquests in England & Wales and Northern Ireland and Serious Fraud office investigations. I represented the MoD at the Northern Ireland Office Legacy Liaison Committee Meetings, COBRA on SFO related matters and at the cross-Whitehall ADR Group dealing with historical cases in Northern Ireland, such as the Stalker Sampson Inquest, the Iraq Inquiry and prosecutions arising out of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Between 2006 and June 2014, I was the Solicitor to two major independent public inquires in Belfast and London, the Robert Hamill and the Azelle Rodney Inquiries and the Inquest touching the death of Mark Duggan.


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Employment History

2014  MoD     Senior Advisory Divisional Lawyer 

  • Art 2 ECHR issues in Inquests and public Inquiries
  • British Overseas Territories
  • Information Law
  • Sensitive Disclosure, PII and anonymity
  • Policing issues
  • SFO investigations
  • Bloody Sunday Prosecutions
  • Responses to warning letters issued by the Al-Sweady and Iraq Inquiries

2010 – 2014     Solicitor to the Mark Duggan Inquest and Solicitor / Junior Counsel to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry 

  • Head of the Legal and Administrative teams
  • Key Legal Adviser to the Chairman and Coroner
  • Advisor on stakeholder relationships, strategic planning and fiscal control
  • Head of media facilitation
  • Advocate in judicial review proceedings and at the delivery of the jury’s verdict in the Duggan Inquest
  • Drafting the Executive Summary of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry Report and the Report to Prevent Future Deaths in the Duggan Inques

2006 – 2011     Solicitor and Secretary to the Robert Hamill Inquiry 

  • Head of the Legal, Secretariat, IT, Finance, Security and Witness – Handling teams
  • Chief Accounting Officer with a budget of £33M
  • Legal Advisor to the Inquiry Panel
  • Key point of contact with the Cabinet Office, HMC&E, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Security Services, MPS, NGOs and the press
  • Policy setter for the handling of evidence, personal data, threat assessments, informants, PII, anonymity, FoIA and DPA matters
  • Successfully defending an appeal to the House of Lords on anonymity and Art 2 right to life – Re Officer L(NI) [2007]
  • Drafting the Executive Summary of the Report and Recommendations

2003-2005     Lawyer at the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice

  • Drafting complex grounds of appeal, judgments for the Full Court and preparing Advices for the judiciary on law
  • Assisting legal representatives, applicants in person and organisations on merits of appeal and process
  • Providing assistance to the Court on all matters of law, practice and procedure

1995-2002     Solicitor at Bindman LLP

  • Inquests & Mental Health Tribunals
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law / Fraud
  • Prison Law
  • Judicial Review

1982-1994     Trainee Solicitor at Birnberg Peirce & Partners, London


  • Public Inquiries and Inquests
  • Public Law, Judicial Review and Closed Material Proceedings
  • Criminal and Regulatory Law
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Prison and Mental Health Law