Rajeev Thacker

Year of Call: 1993

"He is a barrister with a really encyclopaedic knowledge not only of police law but civil procedure."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Police Law, Band 1)

"Great with clients, experienced and knowledgeable."

Legal 500, 2022 (Inquests and Inquiries)

"Rajeev has excellent drafting skills and produces great quality work. I cannot rate him highly enough, he is one of my favourite people to work with on a case."

Legal 500, 2022 (Civil Liberties and Human Rights)

"An excellent advocate who has a good insight into complex legal issues arising during the course of a hearing."

Chambers UK 2021 (Police Law, Band 1)

"He has a fantastically broad and deep knowledge of the law in the area. He is very good to work with and very good with clients, and is one of our barristers of choice for claims against the police."

Chambers UK, 2020 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)


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Legal 500 2022: Leading Junior

Rajeev has a wide-ranging practice, dealing in areas as diverse as immigration detention and criminal due process. His focus is on public law, claims against public authorities, claimant-oriented work in the discrimination field and inquests, in particular, state failings involving victims of domestic abuse.

Rajeev is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers UK 2019 for Police Law (Claimant) and is also ranked in the Legal 500 2019 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Inquests and Inquiries.

Inquests and Inquiries


Rajeev has acted on behalf of families in a number of cases. He has particular expertise in deaths involving victims of domestic abuse.

Notable Cases

Inquest into the Death of Joseph Phuong, Royal Courts of Justice, October 2017
Death of a mentally ill young man in a mental health hospital

Inquest into the Death of Darren Neville, St Pancras Coroner's Court, June 2015
Death of man suffering from acute behavioural disorder who was restrained by police

Inquest into the Death of Maria Stubbings, Essex Coroner's Court, (September-October 2014)
Police failure to investigate numerous allegations of domestic abuse.

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Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities


Rajeev specialises in claims against the state, with particular expertise in equality law.

Notable Cases

Sylvester v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Central London County Court (March 2015)
Successful claim for damages arising out of police use of a taser.

Michael and Others v Chief Constable of the South Wales Police and Another [2015] UKSC 2, [2015] 1 AC 17322 WLR 343
Liability of the police in negligence and under the Human Rights Act.

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Pro Bono Work

Rajeev has a strong commitment to the pro bono movement and has carried out such work throughout his career. He is aware of the difficulties that are faced by claimants in obtaining funding for cases and is willing to consider conditional fee arrangements in appropriate cases.

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Rajeev is a Recorder of the Crown Court and the county court. He was a part-time employment judge from 2005 to 2010. He was previously a visiting lecturer in criminal law and public law at the University of Westminster.

Rajeev joined Garden Court in 2001, having previously been a tenant at a multi-disciplinary set at 4 Brick Court. He was chair of the board of Trustees of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) from 2007 to 2015.


Rajeev is a contributor to the LAG book on ASBOs (2006), the LAG book on Mediation (2012) and McDonald on Immigration Law and Practice (2014).

Training and Seminars

Rajeev regularly carries out training work for external organisations and contributes to the internal training courses run by Chambers.


  • LLB (Wales)


  • French (conversational)
  • Spanish (conversational)

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