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Doughty Street Chambers

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Manchester, London, Bristol

London Bar

Within Administrative and public law (including local government), Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

First-class setDoughty Street Chambers is praised for its ‘wealth of talent, especially at junior level’. Its ‘breadth of experience across immigration, public law, crime, and other areas’ ensures that ‘when instructing counsel on a specific area, one knows that he or she can go to colleagues and bring added angles to a case’.

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Within Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

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Within Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police), Doughty Street Chambers is a first tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers has ‘an excellent selection of skilled advocates and legal minds’ who ‘are committed to their areas of expertise and are very effective counsel’. Recent high- profile cases include R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, examining the possible discriminatory impact of the ‘benefit cap’. Chambers is also noted as ‘the leading claimant police law set’.

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Within Clinical negligence, Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is highly regarded for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘professional clerking’. It is a claimant-focused practice notable for its commitment to patient rights.

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Within Crime, Doughty Street Chambers is a second tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘particularly strong in niche areas of criminal law’, such as international criminal tribunals, terrorism and matters touching on human rights issues, including appeals of criminal cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Within Education Education – Leading silks

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Within Employment Employment – Leading juniors

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

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Within Immigration (including business immigration), Doughty Street Chambers is a second tier set,

The ‘extremely impressiveDoughty Street Chambers is home to ‘knowledgeable barristers who work as a team’ and ‘have a detailed knowledge of the field’. The set is notable for its barristers’ wide-ranging expertise, across private and publicly funded immigration matters.

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Within Inquests and inquiries Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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Within Personal injury Personal injury – Leading juniors

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Within Product liability, Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is a claimant set that is ‘renowned for its group litigation and product liability experience’. Robin Oppenheim QC’s caseload is a roll-call of headline matters: the DePuy Pinnacle and DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip group actions and the PIP breast implant litigation. Eloise Power moved to Serjeants’ Inn Chambers.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading juniors

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Within Property litigation Property litigation – Leading juniors

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Solicitors have ‘confidence in all barristers’ at Doughty Street Chambers, which had a strong start to 2015 when five members were appointed silk – more than any other set in the latest round. Despite some recent barrister departures, there is ‘excellent strength in depth’, ‘cross-fertilisation of ideas’ and members who are ‘very committed to their areas of expertise’. The set has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of human rights and related experience across the public law spectrum. It is also strong in crime, clinical negligence and product liability. The clerks’ room has been through a period of change caused by a recent restructuring and a number of departures, but the quality of clerking is ‘extremely high’. Clerks to note on the criminal side are Maurice Macsweeney and Richard Vile. On the civil side, Richard Bayliss and Anthony Ward are recommended, as is Sian Wilkins who is ‘very efficient and friendly’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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Within Social housing, Doughty Street Chambers is a first tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is a ‘tenant-friendly’ set with ‘a number of excellent barristers’ who primarily ‘fight for the underdog’ but also take on small amount of work for landlords. Martin Westgate QC acted for the appellants in a Court of Appeal judicial review challenge against the ‘bedroom tax’. Chambers has strengthened its profile in this area, following the arrival of members from 1 Pump Court.

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