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Doughty Street Chambers

53-54 DOUGHTY STREET, LONDON, WC1N 2LS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
Fax:
Fax 020 7404 2283
DX:
223 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.doughtystreet.co.uk
Bristol, London, Manchester

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜amazing set of committed and talented barristers’, Doughty Street Chambers has β€˜a great reputation, are leaders in their field’ and is β€˜easy to work with’. Chambers has experts in public law and human rights, civil and international law matters, is β€˜the go-to set for inquest work’, and β€˜covers everything under the crime umbrella’ in London. On the Northern and Western Circuits, chambers houses barristers predominantly in employment and personal injury law. Recent barrister moves include Sarah Vine and Adam Wagner joining the London set from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and 1 Crown Office Row, respectively, while Paras Gorasia joined in Manchester from Kings Chambers. The clerking β€˜is peerless’, β€˜irreproachable’ and solicitors appreciate how the clerks β€˜often go above and beyond what they need to do’. The β€˜superb’ senior practice manager Sian Wilkins is the β€˜consummate professional’ and brilliantly leads a committed and friendly civil clerking team that β€˜makes you feel very valued’ and whose work is β€˜unerringly accurate and - most importantly these days - prompt’; Richard Bayliss and Anthony Ward are also recommended for their efficiency; Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are β€˜always helpful and very responsive’. Key contacts on the crime team include the β€˜professional and helpful’ practice leaders Tom Street and Richard Vile. Maurice MacSweeney is the set’s development director and Mark Dembovsky is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

β€˜An excellent chambers with a great reputation’ Doughty Street Chambers β€˜is a leader in public and human rights laws’. Its blend of expertise extends across constitutional and administrative laws, taking in areas such as prison law, immigration, local government and terrorism. Members are acting for claimants in a case before the Supreme Court and which challenges the legality of the government’s criminal records disclosure scheme. Adam Wagner joined the set in January 2018.

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

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Broad public law expertise and he remains a colossus in civil liberties and human rights.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His intellectual heft is unrivalled and his contribution to public law is impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is prepared to go beyond what would normally be required on behalf of his clients.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An exceptional barrister – it is no wonder she is instructed in leading public interest cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜One of the best barristers in the field and he produces super written work.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A leading junior in public and community care fields; very experienced and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Robust in his analysis and has an extremely creative approach to the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Wagner - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A confident advocate and a good communicator.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He communicates well with solicitors and is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Beattie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A fantastic inquest barrister and really knows her stuff on Article 2 in healthcare settings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She loves an intellectual challenge and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of public law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Hugely committed, very impressive on his feet with a pleasingly collaborative approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Particularly good on complex legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Rupert Bowers QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an impressive knowledge of criminal proceedings and search warrants as well.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Nichola Higgins - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate with an enormous capacity for huge cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers has β€˜a genuine commitment to civil liberties and human rights work’ in diverse fields such as mental health, actions against the police and media law. Members regularly appear before the European Court of Human Rights and in various international tribunals. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC appeared in the Supreme Court in an appeal concerning whether the revised β€˜benefit cap’ unlawfully discriminated against lone parents and their children. She was also instructed in a challenge to the legality of the government’s criminal records disclosure scheme and whether it breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A colossus in civil liberties and human rights. He is always at the forefront of developments in the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Fiercely intelligent, unfailingly reliable and is effortlessly fast-thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Superb presentation skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very intelligent and possesses great client skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A fearless, honourable, and committed barrister, who has an excellent cross-examination technique.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An approachable silk with a great legal mind, and who is able to turn his hand to whatever is thrown at him.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, she has the most amazing energy and creativity.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Particularly good on complex legal issues. Very thorough in her case preparation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Impressively thorough in her analysis and advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is a very safe pair of hands – bright and practical, you can rely on his advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Wagner - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A stand-out junior, able to draw on an encyclopaedic knowledge of the current problem areas pertaining to the European Convention on Human Rights.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charlotte Kilroy - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very experienced in national security cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Incredibly intelligent. Effectively deals with complex areas of law and puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Incredible knowledge of his subject. A real joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has a mastery of domestic and European human rights law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is a skilled barrister, possesses excellent communication skills and is extremely personable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

The β€˜innovative’ Doughty Street Chambers is instructed in the full range of clinical negligence work for claimants, including complex liability and quantum claims, cutting edge litigation and group actions.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Fantastic attention to detail and a phenomenal work rate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Incisive, courteous, knowledgeable and fair.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gerwyn Samuel - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is excellent on tactics and takes an imaginative approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is a β€˜professional and efficient set that operates to a very high standard’. It is one of the pre-eminent claimant sets and handles the full range of community care and Court of Protection matters. Martin Westgate QC successfully acted for the claimant in R (RF) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in a challenge to the regulations amending the qualifying criteria for personal independence payments.

Court of Protection and community care – 2017 silks

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A highly regarded new silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An impressive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aswini Weereratne QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A first choice, utterly reliable silk who never fails to impress with her ready grasp of the facts.’

Ranked: tier 3
Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is excellent for deprivation of liberty issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sophy Miles - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her knowledge and grasp of case law is difficult to surpass.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is skilled in mental health issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ulele Burnham - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Remains calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers handles a range of work for individuals, with particular strengths in terror-related work and criminal appeals. Tim Moloney QC handles a number of cases involving terror offences, including defending a woman who was convicted of forming a terror plot after striking up a relationship with a man on dating website. Piers Marquis defended a prisoner, who was acquitted of murder on charges regarding the stabbing to death of an inmate; the defendant’s case was that due to a state of anarchy in the prison he had to protect himself by arming himself with a knife.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Excellent, especially at appeals work and cases involving legal submissions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A well-respected lawyer and advocate, particularly in terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Isabella Forshall QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has a very engaging and persuasive style with juries.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Waterman QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His attention to detail is second to none and his capacity for hard work is amazing.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hall QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜It is testament to how good he is that when he is doing a speech in our local court, the office effectively empties as everyone goes to watch him.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Hislop QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His work includes multi-defendant murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Bentley QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Charming, hardworking with excellent tactical skills and a total mastery of his brief.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Wood QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A fantastic man to go into battle with and one of the most respected silks in crime.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work includes criminal appeals and private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Carter QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An outstanding lawyer and consistently impressive advocate who brings quality to the team.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Trowler QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She can do highly technical advice to the same high standard she does blood-and-guts advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Elliott QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A go-to QC for defence in sex cases, she works incredibly hard to get the best result.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2018 silks

Katy Thorne QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Excellent on forensic issues, especially baby-shaking cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Taylor - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Highly rated for his knowledge of appeal work.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Liam Walker - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An impressive advocate with a commanding court presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Piers Marquis - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A born defender, his instincts and loyalties lie firmly with the individual.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Thomas - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜One of the best at the junior criminal Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Abigail Bright - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has a fantastic legal mind and excellent judgement to go with it.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A real jury advocate with the gift of oratory.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Rhodes - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An excellent criminal advocate who is meticulous in his preparation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Goodall - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A very astute tactician – solicitors feel very well prepared for everything that could present itself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Farrhat Arshad - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She provides pragmatic and cogent advice on appeals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate O’Raghallaigh - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A tenacious and fearless defence advocate with significant experience of terrorism litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work includes sex and violence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philippa Eastwood - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A clear, persuasive and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Vine - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her practice includes a mix of sex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Powles - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has the intellect, calm and seriousness needed of a leading barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy – 2017 silks

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An excellent silk; expertise in freedom of expression and "open justice" issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Clive Rawlings - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His legal knowledge is second to none and he is a tough negotiator who achieves results.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has an incredible legal brain and easily has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – Leading juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A committed and thorough discrimination lawyer who is never afraid to push the boundaries.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She never fails to impress and pulls out all the stops.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

Defence-focused set Doughty Street Chambers’ James Wood QC represented Tommy Adams – a member of the β€˜Adams Family’ (reportedly described by police as β€˜worse than the Krays’) in two trials; the first was aborted due to Adams suffering a heart attack.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Adrian Waterman QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Calm, thoughtful, committed, thorough and robust – all you could want from a QC.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Wood QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He appears in sensitive fraud trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Bowers QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An accomplished advocate with excellent communication skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He tells it like it is – always straightforward and watertight advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very good at taking difficult concepts and explaining them to a jury in understandable language.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and astute in his analysis, he gets on really well with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Liam Walker - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Gets wonderful results for clients with cases that appeared to be lost causes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Meticulous, well prepared and a skilful cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philippa Eastwood - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very client friendly and great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers β€˜has an extremely strong team’ and β€˜the barristers and clerks are rated incredibly highly’. In conjunction with its civil liberties expertise, the set takes on a range of asylum, unlawful detention and nationality cases, as well as commercial matters. Mark Henderson acted on a long-running challenge to the detention of a foreign national prisoner from Iraq which led to the ordered disclosure of diplomatic communications with the Iraqi authorities.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Joe Middleton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Approachable, clever and inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is ferociously smart and her results speak for themselves.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very impressive on his feet; has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has a first-class mind and gets to the heart of the matter quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phil Haywood - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has fantastic knowledge of complex areas of the law and is totally reassuring to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work is brilliant and she is a go-to junior on cases involving victims of modern day slavery.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is very straightforward, understands the law very well and is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is particularly tenacious and legally innovative with a never-say-die attitude.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers β€˜has a great team and are the leaders in the field’. Members undertake work that is often widely reported, representing families in inquests and core participants in public inquiries. Henrietta Hill is involved in a number of high-profile matters, including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Careful and thorough analysis without being at all showy. Commands a great deal of respect.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Extensive experience in high-profile inquests and has outstanding presentational skills.’

Ranked: tier 1
Inquests and inquiries – 2017 silks

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for complex inquests involving Article 2.’

Ranked: tier 1
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜One of the best barristers in this field. Has a very effective style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Wagner - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A delightful opponent who fights his client’s corner fearlessly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Has an ability to cut straight to the issues and his advocacy style is sharp but refined.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is fast on her feet, passionate and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Murphy - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has a meticulous approach, and is quietly compelling in her submissions to the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jesse Nicholls - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is razor sharp, incredibly detailed and lovely with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Beattie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Demonstrated a forensic attention to detail and grappled with multiple authorities.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers’ members are involved in both leading extradition cases and heavyweight interntational criminal trials. Wayne Jordash QC is representing Im Chaem, a former Khmer Rouge provincial secretary, before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in a case concerning alleged crimes against humanity and murder at the construction site of the Spean Sreng dam. In extradition, Edward Fitzgerald QC and Ben Cooper successfully represented Lauri Love in a High Court appeal concerning the β€˜forum bar’ inserted in the Extradition Act 2003 in 2013; Love was requested for alleged computer hacking offences in the US.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜At the top of the profession: passionate about his work and a formidable advocate in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Wayne Jordash QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with, he grafts harder than anyone else on the team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He brings a lot of light and shade to his advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Ben Cooper - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Really committed to the client’s case and goes goes to great lengths to gather evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Hawkes - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He appears for requested persons in extradition cases including appeals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A very good advocate – excellent in case preparation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Powles - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Silk material – he has the intellect, calm and seriousness of a leading barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Middleton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Equally at home in immigration, which provides a unique skillbase for extradition.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She advises international political figures.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graeme Hall - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A hardworking and diligent junior increasingly instructed on weighty extradition matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mary Westcott - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She appears in Article 8 extradition cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He speaks with great authority and encyclopaedic knowledge and gives solid, practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Excellent analytical skills, a top-tier QC.’

Ranked: tier 1

Theo Huckle QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Thoughtful and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3
Product liability – Leading juniors

Daniel Bennett - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very thorough, excellent knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very thorough and dedicated to her clients, she utilises her experience to push new points of law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A very skilled advocate who works hard for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She defends physiotherapists and dieticians before the HCPC.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜amazing set of committed and talented barristers’, Doughty Street Chambers has β€˜a great reputation, are leaders in their field’ and is β€˜easy to work with’. Chambers has experts in public law and human rights, civil and international law matters, is β€˜the go-to set for inquest work’, and β€˜covers everything under the crime umbrella’ in London. On the Northern and Western Circuits, chambers houses barristers predominantly in employment and personal injury law. Recent barrister moves include Sarah Vine and Adam Wagner joining the London set from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and 1 Crown Office Row, respectively, while Paras Gorasia joined in Manchester from Kings Chambers. The clerking β€˜is peerless’, β€˜irreproachable’ and solicitors appreciate how the clerks β€˜often go above and beyond what they need to do’. The β€˜superb’ senior practice manager Sian Wilkins is the β€˜consummate professional’ and brilliantly leads a committed and friendly civil clerking team that β€˜makes you feel very valued’ and whose work is β€˜unerringly accurate and - most importantly these days - prompt’; Richard Bayliss and Anthony Ward are also recommended for their efficiency; Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are β€˜always helpful and very responsive’. Key contacts on the crime team include the β€˜professional and helpful’ practice leaders Tom Street and Richard Vile. Maurice MacSweeney is the set’s development director and Mark Dembovsky is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers

β€˜Committed to fighting for the underdog’, Doughty Street Chambers is β€˜a set of fantastic lawyers’, which β€˜is known for going the extra mile’ for its tenant-side clients. The set has β€˜a number of distinguished barristers’, including Martin Westgate QC, who has particular expertise in bedroom tax cases, and was involved in a Supreme Court case regarding a conflict between decisions at the Supreme Court and Strasbourg concerning whether Article 6 of the ECHR applies to homelessness decisions. Further, Lindsay Johnson represents a number of survivors at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Social housing – Leading silks

Andrew Arden QC (sole practitioner) - β€˜A well-respected counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His intellectual heft and precision is unrivalled.’

Ranked: tier 1
Social housing – Leading juniors

David Carter - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very accommodating and able to clearly share his knowledge with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Perhaps one of the most creative barristers at the housing Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Impressive technical advocacy combined with a unique ability to secure a client’s trust.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Brings energy and enthusiasm to any challenge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A recognised expert in complex disrepair cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Zia Nabi - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Extremely innovative, highly effective and thoroughly compelling; a fantastic legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Chataway - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A very good barrister with a well-deserved reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Combines prompt and nuanced advice with convincing advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 4

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