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Martin Chamberlain QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)

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Public law.


Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, EU and commercial/employment law.


Called 1997; 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 1997-2000; Brick Court Chambers 2000 to date; Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel 2001-04, B Panel 2004-08, A Panel 2008-2013); Special Advocate 2003-2016; QC 2013; Deputy High Court Judge 2016.


Reading and conversational French.


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.


Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College, Edinburgh; Oxford (1994 BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, First Class); City University, London (1995 Dip Law, Distinction); Oxford (1996 BCL, First Class); Inns of Court School of Law (1997 Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding); Eldon Law Scholar (1997); Queen Mother's Scholar (1995 and 1997).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is a strategic thinker and can read the court. He is graceful but with a steely nerve.

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

Brick Court Chambershas incredible strength and depth and always provides a first-rate experience’. The clerking team is also highlighted for being ‘unmatched’ in its services. Its clients span corporates, individual claimants, NGOs and an array of public bodies for which it takes on matters ranging from regulatory challenges to human rights violations. Some of its high-profile and constitutionally important work includes a challenge to the law on abortion laws in Northern Ireland, in which Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Attorney General of NI. On the corporate front Jemima Stratford QC acted for Bayer in a judicial review concerning use of the cancer drug Avastin.

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Within: Aviation – Leading silks

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court ChambersHe displays calm judgement.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely clever, very thoughtful and a strategic thinker.

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

In the past 12 months, barristers at Brick Court Chambers have been instructed across very diverse areas, including Privy Council death row appeals and constitutional issues with a direct impact on human rights such as R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which concerned the procedure by which the UK government could initiate withdrawal from the European Union. Also of note, Martin Chamberlain QC acted in the Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec, representing a retired gay man whose pension scheme only provided a spousal pension entitlement to opposite sex couples. In Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence & FCO, Maya Lester QC acts for the claimant in a challenge to his detention and torture in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court ChambersA superb, tenacious silk with strong written advocacy skills.

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