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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

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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)

Brick Court Chambers is 'an extremely impressive set in public and administrative law with both high-quality silks, and intelligent, committed juniors, who can all turn their hand to almost anything'. The set includes a number of government panelists, with national security a notable area of expertise, and has also been particularly active in matters for claimants, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to major NGOs. Martin Chamberlain QC (soon to join the Queen’s Bench Division in October 2019) represented the Campaign Against the Arms Trade in a successful Court of Appeal case concerning the government's grant of export licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in the civil war in Yemen; Jemima Stratford QC represented interveners Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Paul Bowen QC represents the Cayman government in a judicial review of a decision to transfer two men serving life sentences for murder to serve their sentences in HMP Belmarsh in London. 2019 silk promotion Victoria Wakefield QC represented the Lord Chancellor in defeating a claim from the Institution of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, which attempted to enter the market as a regulator of legal services.

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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)

Brick Court Chambers is an 'excellent set with strength in depth' with many of its members involved in high-profile and often complex civil liberties and human rights claims.  Maya Lester QC has a specialism in sanction law and also undertakes considerable public interest litigation work surrounding civil liberties. Paul Bowen QC is currently leading the independent inquiry into the death of Welsh politician Carl Sargeant and is instructed in an Article 2 right to life matter in the High Court. David Anderson QC remains a preeminent barrister in this area, having been the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation between 2011 and 2017. Martin Chamberlain QC (soon to join the High Court) acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in KO (Nigeria) v Home Secretary which challenged a deportation order on the grounds that it would breach the Article 8 rights of the deportee’s British child; he also appeared in the Supreme Court for the police pertaining to the use of closed material in applications for warrants in Haralambous v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire .

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