Judi Kemish

Called in 2015

About Judi Kemish

Barrister – transferred to the Bar in 2015 as a Solicitor with 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors
ADR Group Accredited Mediator – Civil and Commercial Litigation
Postgraduate Diploma in EC Law – King’s College, London
Qualified Counsellor and Teacher
DV Cleared
Media – trained

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
Latest Instructions

Junior Counsel for relatives of the victims – Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest